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Steve McClaren was ‘Waiting for the car crash’ before ‘Getting back on the horse’

6 years ago

Steve McClaren says that when you take over at a new club, it involves six or seven processes.

McClaren says that one of those processes is losing football matches and then seeing what the reaction of the players is to a setback.

The Heach Coach compares losing these matches to being a bit like a ‘car crash’, in terms of you know it (losing) is going to happen but you can’t do anything about it, until it happens.

Mixing his metaphors, Steve McClaren also says that after such a defeat as Newcastle experienced at West Ham, it is then a case of ‘quickly getting back on the horse’.

Well to take Steve McClaren’s comparisons a bit further, before West Ham the players had already put a few dents in the NUFC car and Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Janmaat had stuck their heads through the windscreen with their indiscipline.

Now we have had that more serious looking car crash at Upton Park, let’s hope all the players have now safely exited the wrecked vehicle and there were enough horses to go around…

Steve McClaren:

“We will see the reaction on Saturday, that is what you do in football, you play a game and you lose or your win, you quickly get back on the horse.

“It is a process, a process of new team, process of players new to the Premier League, process of trying to change thing around in a football club.”

Car crash:

“It’s a little bit like a car crash, you know it is going to happen but you can do nothing but wait for it to happen.

“There are six or seven things you have to go through and one of those is a bad result and performance. It’s part of the process and we look for a reaction on Saturday.


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