Tuesday night has seen some serious claims of unrest inside the Newcastle squad.
With five Premier League matches without a win and rock bottom of the table, the last thing anybody needs is players causing additional problems.
However, that is exactly what is claimed by The Mail’s Craig Hope, the man who covers the north east for them.
Papiss Cisse is named and shamed, with The Mail claiming his commitment to the club and time-keeping is being questioned.
During the recent international break, Steve McClaren arranged one to one meetings with all players who weren’t away with their countries, with all players showing up apart from Papiss Cisse at his appointed time.
A second meeting date and time was eventually agreed (with great difficulty according to The Mail) with the striker and he did show for that one.
They also claim that only three days after being dropped for the match at Old Trafford, out of the blue Cisse rang in on the day of the Northampton match to say that he was ill, something which was said to anger McClaren and his staff.
The Mail say that both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote wanted to leave St James Park in the summer and once again Tiote was missing from the match day 18 last night at West Ham, with the club as yet giving no explanation for that.
Also a big worry is that despite not so long ago Steve McClaren going out of his way to praise Moussa Sissoko and state that he was at the heart of his team, The Mail claim that Newcastle United’s staff felt that Sissoko was alright to play against Manchester United despite the player himself saying he couldn’t due to a groin strain.
The reason according to The Mail being that Sissoko wanted to make sure he would be ok to play in matches for France, rather than risk picking up an injury.
Some damning claims and if they are near the mark, suggest some pretty serious problems for Steve McClaren and his staff to deal with.