Steve McClaren has just given his press conference for the Stoke City game tomorrow night and both Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are likely to miss both of the next two vital games.
There are some initial comments coming from the Newcastle head coach and he seems frustrated with the team and the bad news with our two first choice center-backs.
Steve McClaren – press conference this afternoon.
Here’s some of what McClaren has said in his press conference today:
“Our away form is not good enough. We have to start demonstrating the character. It’s a character flaw we have to put right.”
“Newcastle’s probably the most frustrating team I’ve worked with – you go from one extreme to the other. Home truths have been there all season.”
And there wasn’t good news about our two central defenders out as both Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba are out of the next couple of games – and that’s bad news indeed.
McClaren said that Coloccini was being assessed every day but that he was doubtful for the Stoke and Bournemouth games.
Steve then said that Mbemba was out for the next two games too but that Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse were all fit.
So at least we are getting those six players back from injury – that’s some good news especially about Mitrovic being available.
McClaren was also asked about the captaincy situation and when asked about Jonjo Shelvey the head coach said he thinks Shelvey could become captain material. and that Newcastle need someone who you can follow, but then he dodged the issue by saying “let’s see who steps forward.”
We would be surprised if Jonjo isn’t the captain tomorrow night – but you never know.
We suppose that Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles will be the center-backs tomorrow at Stoke and they will both have to play well if we are to get anything out of the game.