I don’t know what is worse, watching the team at the moment, or Steve McClaren’s attempts in between the matchday disappointments to try and tell us that deep down everything is fine.
The Head Coach’s main mantra is regurgitating his view (delusion?) that they do everything right during the week in training, the players looking great and so on, then it is a big mystery as to why things fall apart on matchday.
It does set the alarm bells ringing as it makes you think of Alan Pardew’s regular claims of players such as Obertan and Shola ‘flying’ in training, only to wander round aimlessly on a Saturday.
This past week had seen Steve McClaren claim that not only had the squad trained well but that it was actually the best week he’d has since arriving at the club, with the players taking onboard the lessons of the Leicester defeat and the tongue lashing he is said to have given them, after that 3-0 defeat.
As someone pointed out in response to the great in training claims, maybe the Newcastle boss needs to take into account who the players are up against on the training pitch when they allegedly look so good…
McClaren says that there is no panic an it isn’t as though there is only eight matches to go but his claims that they are doing everything right behind the scenes takes some believing, when you then watch the mess that was Saturday at Selhurst Park.
“There is no panic, if it were eight games to go then people would, but we are not, and that is where experience tells.
“We know we are doing the right things every day, I know through experience, everybody knows and everybody can see that.
“In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it is not, we are having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.
“Well we can’t do that (sign players at the minute), at the present moment the next games; Liverpool, then Spurs, then after that then after that, we have got games before January.
“We need to get to work and start winning games, we are in a relegation battle and we have got to make sure that we are right into that.”