Wednesday night has brought news of ‘angry exchanges’ between senior Newcastle players and Steve McClaren & his coaching team.
According to this exclusive, Leicester was the final straw for the United Head Coach and he accused a number of senior players of showing little commitment to the club or their teammates, as well as not caring when things are going badly for the team.
It is the (banned) Telegraph who have broken the story and in the past they have usually been on the mark with their ‘trouble behind the scenes’ exclusives in recent times.
No doubt one of the players/staff has been happy to make public the extent of the problems inside the club and how a number of players are behaving, whilst with them being still excluded from access to NUFC players and officials, the Telegraph have nothing to lose in running the story.
No individuals are named but no doubt we can all make our own list, in fact at the minute it would be maybe easier to list those few who do appear committed.
Part of the Telegraph exclusive reads:
‘Newcastle United’s training ground has witnessed a series of angry exchanges between players and staff this week as head coach Steve McClaren is furious with the attitude of some of his senior players.
McClaren was incensed by the timid manner in which Newcastle capitulated in their 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City last weekend and has told individuals in the squad some home truths this week in an effort to provoke a positive response against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It is a risky strategy given the long-standing problems motivating the Newcastle dressing room, but supporters will back McClaren’s confrontational stance as they are also sick and tired of putting up with half-hearted displays from the same group of players who have been under-achieving for months.
Having told his players what he thought of their performance in the dressing room immediately after the Leicester game, McClaren was not impressed with the reaction on the training pitch and neither were his coaching staff, who were quick to challenge those who did not seem concerned by the team’s plight.
That has led to a number of angry clashes with key personnel and the arguments, which happened in front of team-mates, have been described as extremely heated.
It is understood McClaren felt personally let down by the manner of the Leicester defeat, which brought back painful memories for supporters of other humiliating surrenders under previous managers Alan Pardew and John Carver.’
(***See article earlier today on The Mag ‘The players have stopped playing for Steve McClaren, read it HERE)