Chris Kamara says that after the January spending, there will now be ‘nowhere to hide’ for Steve McClaren if he doesn’t deliver results.
Kamara believes that Newcastle have to win their home games, starting with West Brom on Saturday, as he thinks there is every chance that it could be a turning point for many supporters if they don’t.
The player turned pundit also claims that nobody can accuse Mike Ashley of not backing ‘his managers at Newcastle in the transfer market’.
Well I think that certainly Chris Hughton would have a different opinion on that one, whilst Kevin Keegan won his tribunal because he wasn’t allowed any say on which players were signed. Something which Alan Pardew has repeated and many suspect is the case for Steve McClaren as well, although the Townsend and Shelvey transfers maybe suggest at least a partial change in that policy.
With trips to Chelsea and Stoke up next, the West Brom match looks ever more important, anything but a win on Saturday and the pressure on McClaren, Ashley and everybody else at Newcastle will be immense.
Chris Kamara writing for Ladbrokes:
‘For all the stick he gets you cannot say that Mike Ashley isn’t backing his managers at Newcastle in the transfer market.
The Toon spent a total of £29m on the trio of Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in January, while Seydou Doumbia is likely to be on a hefty salary during his loan spell.
Ashley has stumped up to help get the club out of the relegation mire, and now all the onus is on the manager to turn things around.
Steve McClaren can’t have any complaints now, it’s all down to him and what he does with his team, there will be nowhere to hide.
He’s got all he wanted in terms of funds to bring in new players and results now have to reflect the cash spent.
They’re two points behind Norwich in 18th place in the table, and have won just one match in their last eight and things have to change if they are to avoid the drop.
They’ve got to win their home games, it is simple as that. When they’ve been on the road, they haven’t been as good.
In front of their own fans, there’s ample opportunity to bag three points starting with this weekend’s game against West Brom.
Win and they could move out of the relegation zone again, as well as potentially dragging the Baggies into the mix.
But fail to pick up three points at St James’s Park and McClaren will have no excuses if the fans get restless.’