Steve Claridge has given a damning assessment of the mess that Steve McClaren has made at Newcastle United football club.
In only seven months of football, Steve Claridge says that McClaren has paved the way for the ‘best’ ever squad of players to be relegated from the Premier League.
The player turned pundit says that in his disastrous 28 Premier League match spell, it ‘beggars belief’ how McClaren got the team in the position it ended up in.
Claridge says that when watching Newcastle, it was obvious that the system McClaren was using didn’t work and that he’d brought the wrong players in.
With over £80m spent, it is hard to imagine how Steve McClaren and the rest of them at St James Park have managed to create a worse team than last season.
Interestingly, Claridge doesn’t really blame the team too much and appears to see these ‘quality’ players as victims along with the fans because of the mismanagement at the club.
He also claims that the players are trying their best, which is at odds with what a number of Newcastle fans believe.
Steve Claridge talking on Radio 5 Live:
“Said the other day that (2008/09 Newcastle United) squad was the best to ever be relegated.
“Well this will supersede that – this (Newcastle 2015/16) is the best squad to go down.
“How they have found themselves in the position – actually beggars belief.
“You look at the quality of players there….you have to look at the manager – I’m sorry, you just have to look at Steve McClaren.
“When you watched them playing under him, the system didn’t work. The players that he brought in, didn’t work.
“You have got to have that balance – it is his job to bring players in who will stand up and be counted in the dressing room. To have the character to do it when they are in trouble.
“To say: ‘Oi! You get yourself in here, you get yourself in here, let’s be tough to beat’. That is your job when you are Manager.
“Recruitment obviously was wrong, the way he has brought those players and put them into the side is wrong and that is why quality players have found themselves in the situation that they are.
“I don’t believe these players aren’t trying, you would have to go an awful long way to find players who would do that.”