Steve McClaren will be giving his news conference about now and Mark Hughes the Stoke City manager is doing his press conference for the vital game at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow night.
And Mark has hit the nail on the head with his initial comments on Newcastle’s squad.
Mark Hughes – Stoke manager
This is what the Stoke City manager said:
“It will be a test for us. Newcastle are fighting for their lives. Looking at their squad you wonder how and why they are where they are.”
“It might take them a little bit of time to get going or they may be really refreshed and raring to go, we just don’t know.” “We have always seemed to reap the benefits of a break away, so we will see how they shape up tomorrow.”
“They are struggling for confidence and their away record isn’t that good, but every game is hard in the Premier League and we have to make sure we are ready.”
“We picked up a good result at the weekend to back up our Bournemouth performance so we are in a good place.” “Obviously results dictate where you are going to be and at the moment they are struggling for good results.”
“We need to take advantage of any lack of confidence that they have.”
If the squad isn’t better than a bottom three club then it would be a very good question about how we spent £82M this season on eight new players.
To us, what Mark has said has put the spotlight on head coach Steve McClaren and his coaching staff and their performance this season has been woeful.
The facts show that.
But they are still in their jobs and we suspect that as long as we don’t lose the next three games on the trot or something drastic like that – then they will remain in charge for the rest of the season.
That could well mean we will be a Championship club at the end of the season and that would be a complete, unmitigated and terrible disaster for the fans of Newcastle and for the club itself.
If that happens we cannot blame anybody else but ourselves – the club will have taken us down by their sheer ineptitude at all levels.
That’s really damning for a club as great as Newcastle United.
We really hope that doesn’t happen and that Newcastle can start putting a string of wins together – now – but in truth we have our doubts we can survive this season.
We hope we are wrong on that.