Newcastle have rightly come in for some fierce criticism after the feeble effort the team put up at Chelsea last time out when we were decimated 5-1.
The club then continued with their plans to do some warm weather training in La Manga Spain, when that looked to many fans like a reward after they had disgraced the Newcastle club with their performance at Stamford Bridge.
That in a nutshell are why many fans are annoyed that the trip went ahead.
When you play that bad and it´s for Newcastle then you are going to get severe criticism and you deserve severe criticism.
That´s what playing for Newcastle entails.
Steve McClaren with Henri Saivet in La Manga last week
Steve McClaren has come out today and labeled last week´s warm weather training a circus and he´s not talking about Newcastle, but the press coverage of it.
We reported earlier that Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson had said it was a real mistake for Newcastle to go ahead with the La Manga trip after such an awful performance – maybe the worst of the season – at Chelsea.
McClaren has told his players to ignore all the criticism and only concentrate on the final 12 games of the season – that´s all that matters right now for Newcastle´s future.
This is what Steve McClaren has said in the Chronicle today:
“We have to ignore the circus that goes around it. We have to focus and concentrate on what we can do. We have to ignore a lot of people and we do.”
“The players have talked about that and realized the position we were in.” “Let’s not leave it to the last game like last season.”
“Everybody got minutes and worked hard. The change of environment was key for us, to get the players together and talking about the last 12 games and what we need to do was good.”
“We talked about before the game, it wasn’t a behind-closed-doors friendly, it was a competitive game.”
“People came and watched. It was also broadcasted back to Norway and back to England.” “So you get judged, you get judged every day and every game no matter where you are.”
That trip is over now but we learned today that Fabricio Coloccini picked up a calf injury on Saturday after the game – according to the Mirror – and will be out for four weeks – so that´s not good news and injuries are once again decimating our squad.