After overseeing his 15th defeat in 27 league games this season, Steve McClaren was defiant in the post match interview at Stoke tonight and when he was asked if he would be staying on as the Newcastle manager he said – “I don’t see why not.”
But if he does stay on then it’s because the powers that be at Newcastle have decided it’s more important to keep Steve McClaren as the Newcastle manager than to save our Premier League status.
With Steve McClaren in charge for the rest of the season it’s almost certain we will be relegated.
A familiar pose from Steve McClaren tonight
Newcastle almost hung on for the draw and Doumbia had an effort brilliantly saved by Jack Butland deep into stoppage time, but the truth is we didn’t really deserve anything out of the game as we went for the draw from the very first whistle.
How brave is that?
This is what Steve McClaren had to say after the game, which saw Newcastle stay in 2nd bottom place but we are now 6 points behind 5th bottom Swansea who won 2-1 tonight at Arsenal.
“We are here for a reason, and we have to continue. 11 games to go you saw tonight the reaction of the players was good.” “The players are frustrated, angry and disappointed. “Everything you’d expect from a game we shouldn’t have lost.”
“We didn’t deserve that. The last 18 days we talked a lot about what we needed to do. We started that process. Attitude, work rate, being harder to beat. We were organised and stifled Stoke. They had one shot and it was a goal.”
“We deserved to fight our way to a point. There is a spirit there. The game is cruel. You dust yourselves down and we go again on Saturday. Bournemouth becomes a huge game for us.”
“The away form has always been a concern. We want consistency home and away. We have 11 games. We don’t know the points target but we have the talent.”
“We are there for a reason. We have to fight our way out of it.”
We’ve heard it all before.
If we are to survive we will need to see some decisive action from Newcastle, but as we’ve seen in the past they don’t do anything in a crisis.
They just seem to hope for the best and have not controlled their own destiny this season in any way.
That’s why we will be relegated this season – because in plain language – they are simply incompetent and there have been warning signs all season long that Steve McClaren wasn’t good enough.
That started with just 3 points from the first 8 games when he would have been fired at any other club.