I don’t know whether Steve McClaren is a big one for anniversaries but this morning he may not just have the latest Newcastle United debacle on his mind.
Eight years ago to the day (today – 22 November), Steve McClaren was sacked by England after a disastrous 18 months in charge of the national team, culminating in a shocking clueless home defeat, with McClaren watching on helplessly…
Eight years (minus a day) later and the wally didn’t have a brolly but Steve McClaren stood on the touchline looking a forlorn figure…helpless, cluless as he watched on, unable to change the shocking display he was watching from his Newcastle team against Leciester City.
McClaren is clearly no Alan Pardew, which is a relief in many ways.
However, what I am referring to is that I can’t see any way that Steve McClaren can stick it out, match after match, if Newcastle are rushing headlong into a fight to the death relegation battle.
If it is a fight to the death then I wouldn’t fancy being in the trenches with many of our lot…
Alan Pardew’s massive ego and acceptance of being Mike Ashley’s puppet and fall-guy could seemingly carry him through anything. his personal defence system of nothing ever being his fault obviously helped but I had to give him some grudging admiration for his way of just standing there and fronting it out.
Steve McClaren has only overseen three months of shambolic football at Newcastle United and already he is looking like he has the worries of the whole world on his shoulders, not just those that exist in NE1.
McClaren says that the only thing they can do is to ‘work damn hard and show next week against Palace…’.
Well, I think we have heard that once or twice already this season.
If Bournemouth had won as they deserved to do, then surely Steve McClaren would have felt compelled to offer his resignation after yesterday’s embarrassing 90 minutes against Leicester.
A hammering by Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and similar performance to those against Bournemouth and Leicester will surely be the tipping point.
Could McClaren really survive the press field day that would follow such a defeat, especially if it meant a drop back into the relegation zoen and games against Liverpool and Spurs to follow?
“That’s football isn’t it.
“It kicks you right where it hurts.
“We talked about it yesterday (Friday) – making progress, turning it around and we are going to get setbacks…
“Today was not a typical performance of us – what we want. Very frustrating, very disappointing. We were disappointing, we need more consistency.
“We need to know each week the level of performance that we are going to get. Otherwise we are going to win some, lose some, draw some and continue to get setbacks.
“The only thing we can do is get back to work on Monday and work damn hard and show next week against Palace. That we get back to the level of performance which over the last five or six games we have had, not necessarily collecting the points, but the performances are key.”
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