Steve McClaren is now asking both fans and media to judge him after 38 Premier League games.
Clearly feeling the strain, the Newcastle Head Coach says he is ‘judged every week’ and that he will be judged after the Norwich match on Sunday, then Sunderland the following week etc etc
Hello Steve, I think it is called a results business.
Anybody who works in a sales environment will relate to this, if you are not getting the results then you will be under scrutiny and be…judged.
The problem for Steve McClaren is that he has already volunteered any number of times, when he should be judged.
The most popular when interviewed has been for the Newcastle boss to say either after 10 or 12 matches, we should be able to look at his results.
It isn’t difficult to see that McClaren is trying to head off both the fans and press because obviously if things don’t go right against Norwich and Sunderland, quite rightly people would be saying ‘well Steve, you said to wait until 10 matches…’.
There have been no major calls by fans at matches for Steve McClaren to be sacked but with his words, the Head Coach increasingly sounds like a desperate man trying to cling on for dear life.
Two wins would go a long way to calming everybody down, especially Steve McClaren.
However, how realistic is this when there have been no wins in eight Premier League matches under McClaren and if you then extend that to the end of last season, only one win in the last 19….
Steve McClaren and what he has said about ‘judging’ him:
16 October 2015 (before PL game nine v Norwich – No wins in eight)
“I think I am judged every week and I’ll be judged again on Sunday night, then the next week and the week after that.
“You are judged every day and in every game.
“I am not saying judge me after 10, 11, 12 games or whatever. I guess I would say if you are going to throw things at me, judge me at the end of the season.”
20 September 2015 (after defeat v Watford – No wins in six)
“No way is it a crisis…this is not a time to panic.
“I know the Premier League and we have to find a way to win, we’ve been searching for that win for six games. You are where you deserve to be but judge us after 10 games not six.”
20 August 2015 (after defeat v Swansea – No wins in two )
“Every game is tough. Like I said at the beginning of the season, I don’t think you can judge us until we are 12 games in.”