Appearing on ESPN alongside former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, former Chelsea and Celtic player Craig Burley really laid into Newcastle United and Steve McClaren in particular.

Asked who might be relegated along with Sunderland and Aston Villa, Burley named Newcastle and accused the team of being ‘spineless’.

As for Steve McClaren, Craig Burley said that it was little wonder that the Newcastle players were doing so badly judging by his ‘uninspiring’ performances at press conferences.

The player turned pundit even went as far as to say that Newcastle deserved to be relegated thanks to the rubbish McClaren comes out with at the pre and post-match press conferences.

More than a few Newcastle fans will no doubt be nodding their heads in agreement (not on the deserving to be relegated bit…) and putting forward two recent instances of Steve McClaren quotes as evidence.

After West Brom the Head Coach claimed Newcastle had ‘dominated’ the match, despite the Baggies having 22 shots and 18 corners.

Whilst McClaren has also insisted that it is only bad luck and poor refereeing that have stood between Newcastle and a lot more points, rather than poor decisions by him and underperforming by his players, summed up by having only 16 shots on target over the course of the last eight matches.

Craig Burley speaking on ESPN:

“I think Newcastle might go – spineless.

“Got a couple of results recently but…

“Newcastle should get relegated just on Steve McClaren’s press conferences.

“They are so uninspiring, no wonder the players aren’t playing well. 

“‘It’s January coming up…’ he said the other day, ‘…and we all know what happens in January – we do our business privately because we know what happens in January’. Just take him out, no way, nonsense.”