Steve McClaren is fighting to keep his job at Newcastle after we suffered our 15th defeat in 27 league games and that was our 7th defeat in a row away from home.
The form we have been in after we brought in four new players in January has not been good and we have lost at Everton, Chelsea and Stoke and won a home game against West Brom 1-0.
Before that we had lost 2-1 at Watford so that´s four defeats in the last five games since we beat West Ham at home 2-1.
Steve McClaren after the Stoke defeat
Thinks – what can I say at the post game interview?
Yes – that´s it – we were better than at Chelsea
3 points from the last 15 points played for is hardly going to be good enough to save us this season from relegation – and we don´t expect it to get much better with other relegation threatened sides like Swansea and Bournemouth starting to pick up some wins.
Steve McClaren after the game made more weird comments and he also talked of the ugly altercation of Janmaat with some Newcastle fans after the game.
Steve was first asked if he should keep his job at the club:
“I don’t see any reason why not.” “We have been in this position for a reason. We have to continue.”
“There’s 11 games to go and you saw tonight the reaction of the players after the last outing. The reaction has been good.”
“I don’t know what happened with Janmaat.” “It was unfortunate, I was walking over and they were being very appreciative as always. They were supportive of the team.”
“I don’t know what happened. Players are emotional and fans are emotional. But nobody deserved that at the end.” “We need 52,000 right behind us.”
“If you’d have seen the performance at Chelsea you would say we’d made progress, most definitely.” “There were good individual performances and a good team performance.”
“There was a determination and work-rate. There was a spirit there, not just from the eleven but the subs as well.”
“This game is cruel, it’s been cruel to us. We dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”
Make no mistake about it – those comments were aimed at owner Mike Ashley and why he shouldn´t be thinking about sacking his manager,.
But Steve has under-performed all season long starting with 3 points from the first eight league games.
At any other club McClaren would have been fired right then and there after such a disastrous start, but he has been kept on to get us into this very serious situation – where we are unlikely to survive even if a new manager is brought in.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley himself have to take responsibility for keeping such a woeful manager in place for so long and completely jeopardizing the club´s Premier League status.