As the noose tightens further with each passing game without a win, Steve McClaren says he increasingly looks at the example set by John Carver and Alan Pardew.
The Head Coach believes his job isn’t under threat because Mike Ashley and his minions can see that he is doing all the right things, just as they could with Pardew and Carver…
Steve McClaren talks about loyalty, which is fine, but blind loyalty or misplaced loyalty is something else altogether.
There have been no significant calls from fans for McClaren to be sacked, partly because they believe/hope that things will/can get better, but also because there is little belief in Mike Ashley being willing to bring in anybody better who would want to do things their own way.
With Newcastle under Ashley it is always hard to know what is for the best, as the club lurches from one disaster to another.
However, I don’t like it when Steve McClaren, or anybody in the past, tries to make out that the job at Newcastle is made harder by the fans.
McClaren says that there is always ‘scrutiny’ on you at Newcastle from day one, the Head Coach feeding the media distortion that supporters make the job harder with ‘demands’.
The only reason(s) Steve McClaren is under pressure is because at the moment Newcastle United are the worst team in the Premier League and ten weeks into the season they haven’t won a single match.
Anywhere else and he would almost certainly have been sacked by now, or at the very least the knives would be out and the supporters calling for his head.
At Newcastle we just get on with supporting the team but these games against Norwich and Sunderland could be straws that will break the back of this black and white camel…
“If you are together and they know that you are doing the job and you are doing it right and you are doing the right things and the players are responding, then wherever you are – be it Newcastle or whatever – they’ll say, ‘You know what, we are on the right lines’.
“We have got to make sure we do the right things, do the right job, go through the right process and if the club can see that…
“That is what John Carver demonstrated and obviously what Alan Pardew demonstrated, that is what you call loyalty.
“You don’t have loyalty if people are thinking – ‘This isn’t going to get any better’.
“They knew that John Carver, with what happened last season, was doing the best he possibly could, the same with Alan Pardew. In the end, that loyalty, especially with Alan, was rewarded.
“I have the belief that that is exactly the same with me. As long as we continue making progress, which I believe we are and they believe we are, then we keep going.
“There’s always scrutiny on you, isn’t there? This is Newcastle. Always, from day one, but I am experienced enough to know that, to deal with it and handle it, and it’s really not a problem, the problem is bloody winning football matches…”