The Mirror is reporting that Steve McClaren was involved in an angry exchange with a journalist after his press conference finished this afternoon at the Benton training grounds, as he was followed out of the press room by a reporter (unnamed) who shouted at the former England manager.
During the press conference it seems that McClaren called out the reporter for fabricating stories about Newcastle which the manager did not agree with and thought were not true – and that the journalist had an agenda against him.
Having lost four of the last five games, even after Mike Ashley has spent over £82M on eight new players this season, a number of fans want McClaren fired and wonder why he is still in his position after Newcastle, for the first time eve, have been in the bottom four of the Premier League all season long.
Steve McClaren on Wednesday night
It seems the outburst was caused by Steve McClaren responding to headlines this morning that senior players at the club were surprised McClaren was still in his job.
This is how Steve responded to that in his press conference:
“Someone told me about it, and unfortunately it’s been done, obviously, by a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle, a journalist who used to work at this football club and who four or five years ago was released from this club,”
“Whatever that journalist writes, I’m afraid I don’t read it. That article is half-truths and half-lies. It destabilises everything we are trying to do in the dressing room. We have to ignore it.”
These are the comments from what was that very angry reporter following the press conference when both men lost their cool:
“Don’t you dare accuse me of having an agenda.” “You are second bottom of the league. Is this your latest excuse? You’re the problem not me.”
“Walk away Steve, smile, grin. He has been out of depth since the moment he walked in.”
At the press conference Steve said he knew he was in the results business and he had this to say amongst other stuff:
“It is football. It is a results business. I know that, and we need results. We need to make sure we are in this league next season.
“We need to get over the defeat at Stoke but have the same fight. Every game now is a must win. We are coming to the business end and the pressure is on.”
Tensions are rising with Newcastle fans because of our terrible position in the league table and there’s now a good possibility we will take the drop this season, which is why people are becoming alarmed with our recent results which are pretty hopeless – four defeats in the last five games and seven defeats in a row on the road.
If you take the emotion out of it – these are the cold hard stats that Steve has at Newcastle this season in the league – and they are not good.