Talking about coming into a new club, in this case Newcastle United, Steve McClaren says that when you arrive you have certain expectations but they don’t always work out as you think they will.
Or as the Head Coach puts it…’You think ‘come on let’s go’….then suddenly it is ‘woah, what is happening there?’
Before the Watford game, McClaren said that he was still searching for his best team, after that latest defeat he says that nothing has changed.
The United boss admitting that he is still looking for a winning formula and his best team, or as he puts it, ‘That best identity’.
Whether the formation and style of play is right for Newcastle United is one thing, whilst whether it is right for this current group of players is another.
It is only six Premier League games in and it is obvious there was a massive (over-?) reliance on the team revolving around new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic.
If they’d even talked about a Plan B, we have seen little sign of a cohesive one that deals with the absence of the Serbian striker.
His return on Saturday will hopefully help give NUFC a little bit more ‘identity’ and a battling cohesive performance, whatever the result, is the least we expect against Chelsea.
“I don’t think we have an identity yet. Can we be free-flowing? Can we be this or that…what identity have we got?
“When you come into a new experience like this, you think ‘come on let’s go’ but then suddenly it’s ‘woah, what is happening there?'”
I still haven’t found what I’m looking for:
“We are still searching for that best team, for that best identity, within the personnel we have at the club – it is about results and we have to try to find a way of playing, so we have to be pragmatic.”
“There are lots of things to work on; the mentality, the history and of course the present. We have to turn it round and I still stay there’s enough in that dressing room. There is no crisis and we have seen enough not to panic, to stay calm.”