Steve McClaren was struggling after the latest humiliation on the pitch, this time at Selhurst Park.

An early lead was rapidly swamped by incisive Palace attacks and goals, helped massively by one of the worst defences and midfields you could ever wish to see.

Trying (badly) to make out he still had control of the situation, the Newcastle Head Coach was all over the place when he spoke after the final whistle.

Steve McClaren appeared to be trying to blank out what he had just witnessed, as he repeatedly mentioned that now after 13 games gone he accepted Newcastle were in a relegation battle and said he would start to get worried if there was only 13 games left and Newcastle were in this state.

McClaren missing the basic fact that this 5-1 shambles had just made it 14 Premier League matches gone, not 13.

The frightening fact is, as well as his denial that this isn’t crisis time already, that to get to Steve McClaren’s 13 games left and start to worry point, there are only 11 matches to go to reach that stage of the season.

When those next 11 games include matches against Spurs, Liverpool, Everton (twice), Arsenal and Manchester United, plus games against the likes of Watford and  West Ham who have both already comprehensively beaten United.

Just how many more points will we have added if we still have the status quo of Steve McClaren, his clueless tactics, and relying on so many of these same shameless players?


‘You’re in a relegation fight?’

Steve McClaren:

“Yeah, absolutely. No doubt about that.

“We knew it was going to be tough, we said you know after 10 or 12 games we’ll know where we’ll be…we are in a relegation fight.

“13 games gone, 25 to go…if we were at this stage of the season and there was 13 to go…then I would be starting to get worried, but there is enough time and I think there is enough in that dressing room and we have to bring it out.

“And our message to the fans is so so disappointed, we are so disappointed, you know for them just as much as anybody. Travelling this far and seeing not a Newcastle team play for the 95 minutes and fight.”