Steve McClaren has asked for four more Premier League matches to prove himself.
After watching Watford humble a Newcastle team that looked poor all over the pitch, the United Head Coach says that this is not a time to panic and in no way ‘is it a crisis’.
McClaren says that it is too early to judge both him and his players, with the Newcastle boss asking for those further four games before anybody judges.
With two points out of 18 so far, Newcastle United now have the following matches coming up, which would take us to the end of October and a point where over a quarter of the season will be over:
Newcastle v Chelsea
Manchester City v Newcastle
Newcastle v Norwich
Sunderland v Newcastle
Whilst optimists will point to home results against Chelsea in recent seasons, the reality is that on current form you can’t expect anything from the Chelsea or Manchester City games.
That then leaves a home game against another promoted club in the shape of Norwich, before then the short trip to…Sunderland.
If Steve McClaren hasn’t found a winning solution before the trip to Wearside, there will be many who will doubt he could survive if everything went wrong that day.
Mike Ashley might not push him out but I find it hard to see McClaren being able to do a Pardew and take the level of pressure/stress that would then be on him.
“No way is it a crisis…this is not a time to panic.
“I know the Premier League and we have to find a way to win, we’ve been searching for that win for six games. You are where you deserve to be but judge us after 10 games not six.”
Good, bad, indifferent:
“We are changing a lot of things here and in the short time that I have been here I have seen good, bad and indifferent, so can understand the fans’ reaction.
“We have too much experience to panic, the players will have to take a lot of criticism, both from me and the fans, but we must stick together. We must have a dressing room that can stay tight and looks at the positives.”
We are not hiding:
“We have got the backroom staff to turn it around, we have got the ability, we need to get on that training pitch on Monday and work on our defence.
“It is lucky that this is happening now because it is early enough to do something about it – there are a lot of things to do and we are not hiding behind anything.”