Steve McClaren has kept his PR and charm offensive going right through last week defending his decision to take his players on a short holiday in southern Spain – also known to some as a jolly.
But to Steve it was simply lots of hard work in the warm weather of Spain – after Newcastle players disgraced the club with their pathetic performance against Chelsea last time out in the league, when their attitudes were abominable.
Steve McClaren – coaching in Spain
That was Newcastle´s 10th defeat in 13 games on the road and our 14th defeat in 26 games this season – our worst ever in the Premier League.
But everything is just fine according to Steve, and the players attitudes have been very very good in Spain – and it was enjoyable.
We can only assume those last two words were a rare slip-up by the Newcastle manager since the Chelsea debacle.
This is what Steve has said about the warm weather training:
“It’s been very worthwhile, and very important to come away. We got away and got into a different environment.
“We get the lads together and you are living with each other 24/7. There has been a lot of talking and a lot of work and it’s been enjoyable too.”
“Their attitudes have always been very, very good.” “We have just talked about not getting too high when we win and when we lose a game, let’s not get too low.”
“This was a decent work out in difficult conditions but good to see the likes of Jamie Sterry and Liam Gibson doing well.”
“It was good to get minutes for Jamaal and Steven Taylor along with Seydou and Henri. Plus Manu Riviere came back from injury and was terrific. Rolando also benefited.”
“It was worthwhile and a good work out.” Other people can but we can’t. We try to level things out and train hard.”
We’ll see what the players’ attitudes are like at the Britannia Stadium a week on Wednesday and they had better be a lot better than they were at Chelsea – and we need to get something out of that game.
And then we must beat Bournemouth three days later at St. James’ Park.
If we can get at least 4 points out of the next two games we will agree with Steve about last week´s trip to Spain, but it´s all about the results now.
If we don´t start to win some games soon – and it´s starting to get late – we will be a Championship club come May and the club will have proved they learned absolutely nothing from the John Carver disaster of last season.