Right, if ever a time has come for a manager to go, it is now.

Lie after lie, excuse after excuse, delusional comment after delusional comment, statement after statement, based on nothing other than another deserved defeat, can only serve as a reminder to anyone that will listen that Steve McClaren is most DEFINITELY NOT up to the job at Newcastle United.

‘Magnificent’, ‘Terrific’, ‘Excellent’ are all words used by our manager this season to describe performances that quite frankly, have been awful.

Apart from the first half against Manchester City, an hour against Norwich at home and the first half against West Ham last month, I can’t summon up any positive displays by this rabble of a relegation haunted side, yet our esteemed manager continues to spout drivel (probably fed to him via Steve Black before each press conference) that defies what thousands upon thousands of other people actually saw.

Over to Steve:-

“This window was important. I am very pleased with it, we have very good players to add to the squad. Now we just have to gel everybody together”

Well that’s good with less than 15 games to go.

“In the last third of the season we can really go for it.”

Oh well thank god for that. So we were just messing about for the last 24 games were we? Unbelievable!

“He (Seydou Doumbia) has not played in the Premier League – it might take him a while to adapt – and he’s not trained for a couple of weeks.”

Oh good, just what I suspected, a new striker that needs games before he’s up to speed. When WILL he be ready? Best loan him out to a Championship side as that’s where were going to need him.

“Manu (Riviere) is coming back, with Doumbia and hopefully Papiss Cisse in three or four weeks, we have strikers who score goals.”

Sorry, you lost me. There’s a fine line between bending the truth and talking complete b******s and Mr McClaren has been guilty of doing the former on too many occasions. When it’s blatantly obvious that the latter is commonplace, then it’s time for any manager to move on.

How anyone can say confidently that an untried import from Italy is going to instantly score half a dozen goals is crazy, especially when married up with the statement ‘it might take him a while to adapt’.

On top of this, how any striker is expected to score freely under the tactics employed by Steve, beggars belief. And If McClaren seriously believes that Riviere is going to explode all of a sudden and start banging in goals for fun, then I suggest he goes and finds a new job on the local comedy circuit.

Rather than splash the cash in January I would have dispensed with the manager and saved the money, but that would’ve been an admission of failure- something this regime must now be used to. We all know it won’t happen.

I’d personally give Brendan Rodgers until the end of the season, which again won’t happen. But one thing is for certain, if we lose our next game then we may as well give up now and prepare for the Championship.

I’ll leave you with what was uttered by our sorry excuse laden manager after the defeat away at West Brom just before New Year and it follows a trend, only used by either a delusional fool or a serial liar-

“It is a game we never deserved to lose. Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in football, but we have to continue what we have been doing, knowing – and I know – it will turn around.”

Fast forward to February and we face West Brom again after the close of the transfer window (with £30m spent) and I have news for you Steve, It doesn’t bloody wash, it didn’t then and it doesn’t now. In the Premier League, especially after 24 games, you ‘deserve’ to be where you are and we are now staring down the barrel of a gun. We ‘deserve’ to be 18th, arguable on less points than we have already.

Put simply – Newcastle United ‘deserve’ to be relegated.

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