The worst thing about Saturday’s match at Chelsea was that you could easily have written the script beforehand, especially Steve McClaren’s part in it.

Is there honestly anybody who now thinks that Steve McClaren isn’t part of the problem?

A serial failure as a manager, apart from his first spell at FC Twente and to a very limited extent at Middlesbrough (considering the fortune Steve Gibson gave him to spend), though I am still yet to meet a Boro fan who rates him…

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley somehow thought it was a cunning plan to bring in somebody just sacked for failing in the Championship, solely because he was willing to take the job on even WORSE terms than Alan Pardew.

No doubt amazed that anybody would offer him a Premier League job, never mind one the size of Newcastle United and on his doorstep.

Ever since, all we have had is excuses.

Sadly far too many people were just so happy to be rid of Pardew and Carver they were prepared to give Steve McClaren far far too much rope.

At the start of the season McClaren blamed tough opening fixtures and the big changeover at St James Park, though promoted Watford (new manager and 15 new players) and others were just getting on with it.

Then it was just wait and see where we were after 10 games gone…then 12, then where would we be with 13 matches to go?

The answer to that last point is that Newcastle would be in trouble, in trouble and….in trouble.

His tactics are shocking and ultra negative with rare (home match) exceptions.

As for his pre and post-match comments, his views on the performances are at least as bad as Alan Pardew’s were but we don’t want to admit it, do we?

We are like Crystal Palace fans who now realise just how useles Pards is, after shouting their mouths off and wanting to believe Newcastle fans were all bitter at being jilted by England’s next manager…they can’t bring themselves to publicly admit the obvious that is transparent now.

As Alan Shearer has pointed out, none of the other 91 teams in the top four divisions has scored less than Newcastle’s seven away goals.

Going back to his daft comments, match after match he will talk about one chance Newcastle have had that if we’d scored we would have…..

Every team has at least one or two chances in 90 minutes, even when you have some minnow playing a top team in the FA Cup, but you can’t blame one missed chance when you get so regularly taken apart.

In 26 Premier League matches, Newcastle have conceded two or more goals on 14 occasions and in six matches have let in three or more.

Tactics/team selection: Gini Wijnaldum has given us far more than we could have hoped for with nine goals so far and we would already be relegated without him/them.

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However, I think he has had maybe one and a half good games (and no goals) away from home and yet week after week McClaren plays him, instead of taking him out of the firing line, giving him a rest, trying something else.

At Chelsea he hardly kicked the ball.

As for Rolando Aarons, he was shocking against Aaron Lennon as an emergency left-back two weeks ago.

Against West Brom he had no winger to mark and next to nothing to do, against Chelsea surely we all knew what would happen? Well apart from McClaren that is.

He simply had to play a defensive player such as Lascelles or Colback there. He didn’t and it was a disaster – especially for poor Aarons whose head must have been spinning as Willian and others targeted him all game.

Also, Steve McClaren can’t have it all ways.

He can’t keep praising decisions made by the club and then have a later defence of saying it was nothing to do with him and/or he had no power.

He raved about the shocking decision to extend Coloccini’s contract and now he is talking about the potential of another one for Steven Taylor!

Their Laurel and Hardy act yesterday should surely see neither of them play for the club again once this season is out of the way.

Newcastle were desperate for defenders in August and then even more desperate for them in January just gone.

Newcastle brought in nine players in total and they were five attacking players (Mitro, Thauvin, Doumbia, Toney, Townsend), three midfielders (Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Saivet) and one defender (Mbemba).

With Haidara and Dummett almost permanently injured and Steven Taylor a walking liability, both in terms of ability and how regular he is fit, to not strengthen last month in particular was a total joke.

The fact that the club’s main target was Jose Enrique on a cheap very short-term contract shows just how little respect and cash they were prepared to put forward to strengthen the defence, as opposed to another £30m thrown at the midfield/attack.

Steve McClaren should have demanded that action was taken.

You really feel that McClaren is only one of two things – either a total Mike Ashley apologist, or totally incompetent.

The choice is yours.

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