Top sportswriter Henry Winter has really laid into Steve McClaren and Fabricio Coloccini.
The top man at The Times, Winter was appearing on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports.
The bottom line is that Henry Winter doesn’t think McClaren is up to the job of being a Premier League manager.
The man from The Times saying that the Newcastle boss lacks the steel of somebody like Pochettino at Tottenham, who despite his youth instils discipine at the clubs where he manages.
According to Winter, Steve McClaren is a number two, a coach to work under a manager, not somebody who can man-manage top players…or even the ones we have at Newcastle United!
Henry Winter says that the players need bringing into line but McClaren isn’t up to that job.
However, he doesn’t let our anonymous Captain avoid the finger of blame, with Coloccini labelled as bearing as much responsibility as McClaren in not sorting out the dressing room.
When you have a Captain who is too scared to even face the cameras after yet another defeat, then you can hardly expect much can you?
“He (Steve McClaren) has got a lot of self-belief but we went through the turmoil of England and we saw at close quarters that when the heat was on, he couldn’t deal with it, the absolute pressure.
“To be a top manager nowadays…probably 50 per cent of it is recruitment of players, if you have got the good players then you are going to do well, but then it comes down to tactics, but man-management is key.
“The greatest man-management has been Sir Alex Ferguson, Pochettino at Spurs – very good man-manager. He is young but there is a steel to him and if players step out of line he lets them know. I don’t think McClaren has got that and that is a dressing room, with individuals in it, who need bringing into line.
“He has the presence and aura to be a number two, we saw that at Man Utd, but I just don’t think for a club of that stature and emotional identity with the fans, that he has the stature (to be the manager).
“You hear him criticising the players and speaking afterwards and he’s not convincing, the greatest managers are at their most impressive and most quotable in defeat.
“Coloccini should be leading the dressing room, he should be saying ‘whatever we think about McClaren, we have a duty to the people who pay us good money and to the Newcastle fans, who give everything each week to have pride in the team’.
“They are not doing it and I would look at Coloccini as much as McClaren.”
(Worth having a look at this photo published by the club of the NUFC players really putting in the work on their bonus training session today…)