Steve McClaren claims he is paddling like mad at Newcastle United.
His reference is to the unseen work, under the surface, whilst an increasing number of fans are seeing the Head Coach as being more up the creek without a paddle.
In the Premier League era, Newcastle have never had so few points at the halfway point of the season but McClaren hints that we’d all be much more reassured if we were all privy to secret info he has at his disposal ‘we have a little bit more information than anyone else’.
Steve McClaren says ‘it hasn’t been good enough’, claims that he is realistic and says ‘I try not to pull the wool over too many people’s eyes’ but then…says yet again that the only thing that is missing is luck.
The Head Coach talks about playing good football and creating plenty chances but it is something that most fans are not seeing.
An article on The Mag this week showed that in the last eight games Newcastle have only had 16 shots on target, compared to 48 for the opposition.
Steve McClaren has to get away from this negative formation and if he doesn’t think the players are good enough, insist that Mike Ashley brings in quality players in January who can lift the team and actually start playing the ball forward.
Every post-match interview now, he points to one or two chances or incidents in the 90 minutes as some kind of proof that Newcastle should have won.
Every match, both sides can point to decisions they didn’t get or the ball not running their way but when the opposition create far more opportunities it is a nonsense to say you are just unlucky.
“Believe me, under the surface, I am paddling like mad…but we have a little bit more information than everyone else. We know what we have got and what we’re trying to do. We feel as if we are getting there after a tough start.
“That is the first half of the season gone – 2015 is about to end – good, we can’t wait for the next year. It hasn’t been good enough and that’s why we are in the bottom three.
“That is where we are realistic, we need to do something about it and we will do.
“There are 19 games to go and it would worry me if they weren’t giving attitude, effort, weren’t playing as committed as they are, weren’t creating chances as we are, playing the football that we are…we are just not getting the results from that.
“I’m quite a realist and I do know what is happening and I try not to pull the wool over too many people’s eyes. I’m very positive with this group and this squad – always have been.
“We had a tough start but since then we have collected points and shown we can compete with anyone on our day.”