Steve McClaren has said that at Newcastle it appears to be just ‘one disaster after another’.
The Head Coach was referring to the injury to Tim Krul but it is a mantra that the Newcastle supporters could have been chanting for some time, certainly for the almost entire time that Mike Ashley has been in charge.
Not using the best choice of words, McClaren stated that the opening eight matches have been a bit like an ‘extended pre-season’ and that now the team have to start playing.
This all rings warning bells for me because it goes alongside the United boss and others at the club, repeatedly talking about how difficult the opening fixtures were and that it was expected they wouldn’t get many points out of the 24 on offer.
Saying that the players are now expected to start playing against the supposed lesser teams and the points to suddenly flow….things seldom work out that way.
The last three seasons Newcastle had beaten Chelsea, there have been draws and a win at Old Trafford in recent times, plus the League Cup win at the Etihad last season.
Talking of an extended pre-season and the season starting now, sounds more like letting people off the hook, Steve McClaren included.
When those opening eight games included matches against Swansea, Watford, West Ham and Southampton, surely it is a massive disappointment not to have collected at least a couple of wins, or failing that a minimum of five points.
“I don’t look at it (Premier League table), not in the first half of the season, definitely not the first ten games.
“It is a long season and the first eight games were very difficult, very tough, and they proved that. We have had setbacks and good performances.”
The season begins…now:
“We said after the Etihad that our season begins now, it has kind of being an extended pre-season, now we have to start playing.”
“When that happened, people who have worked here for many years were saying, ‘For some reason, it is always Newcastle’. Here, it just seems to be one disaster after another.”