Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes the situation at Newcastle is getting very close to what has happened at Aston Villa, when the players basically stopped listening to new coach Remi Garde and started to do their own thing, which culminated in a disastrous 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool last time out.
So with the Aston Villa situation now looking hopeless, Charlie thinks Newcastle´s situation is getting very close to that of Aston Villa and that the players could soon stop listening to what Steve has to say.
Steve McClaren – it’s been another tough season for Newcastle fans
This kind of pose doesn´t exactly instill confidence in fans or players
The Villa performance against The Reds was said to be even a worse performance than Newcastle put in at Chelsea when we were hammered 5-1.
That´s hard to believe after what we witnessed at Stamford Bridge – when our lads raised the white flag after 17 minutes when we were 3-0 down and Steve McClaren went into what he called damage control at half time
Nicholas thinks the Newcastle players are close to just downing tools and not listening to what head coach Steve McClaren is telling them.
This is what Nicholas told Sky Sports:
“He got no reaction after he played the bad cop, and told a few home truths. And then about three weeks later, they did get a reaction. You think what’s changed?”
“But then it falters back into line and you question are they listening? It’s like the Villa players now, they are not listening to Remi Garde, they’ve decided that’s it, and Steve is getting close to that.”
“You think ‘what has changed?’ – but then it falls back into line and you have to question ‘are they listening’?”
“It is now like the Villa players who aren’t listening to Remi Garde – they have decided ‘that is it’ and Steve McClaren is getting close to that.”
The former Arsenal forward may be close to the truth because Steve has been telling the players the same thing all season long – that we must be more consistent and we have to turn up to away games.
But in the last two road games at Everton and Chelsea – the first road games since the January transfer window closed and we spent another £29M on four players – we have looked simply awful in losing 3-0 and 5-1 respectively against teams that at the time were not in form and finding it difficult to win games.
The acid test for Newcastle is at Stoke a week today – but Steve McClaren hasn´t shown at all this season that he is good enough to be the head coach at Newcastle.
The facts illustrate that.
The goals of the club this season were to win a cup and finish in the top eight in the league and yet we could end up being relegated.
Nobody associated with Newcastle United expected this season to be quite this bad.
Another collapse at Stoke and Mike Ashley may be forced to bring in a new coach.
And even if Newcastle survive the drop for a second successive season then Ashley will wonder if he wants Steve McClaren in charge next season if he is to invest say another £80M into the squad this summer.
The owner has seen precious little evidence of that £80M spent this season.
Time may be running out for McClaren and he must produce two good performances and get at least 4 points in our next two games at Stole and at home to Bournemouth.
For the sake of the club we hope Steve can turn things around very soon – and say get two wins in the next two games.
That´s what we all need to see.