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Senior Newcastle player disagrees with Steve McClaren outburst on players not trying

6 years ago

Last night the Telegraph broke the story that Steve McClaren had clashed with senior players in ‘angry exchanges’, after he accused them of not being committed to, or caring about, Newcastle United.

The rest of the press have now followed, backing up the story with claimed sources of their own.

However, one senior Newcastle player has now claimed that all the players do their best for the football club and the fans.

Both fans and media accused many of the Newcastle team of not trying against Leicester, long before the revelations last night about McClaren doing the same.

However, speaking about the ‘commitment’ to the team and club, Vurnon Anita has claimed that all of the players are fully committed, including on Saturday against Leicester.

Rob Elliot was the only player who could look himself in the mirror after Saturday’s feeble collapse and yet Vurnon Anita has a different take on the match.

Maybe confirming just how deluded the players are, as well as many others within the club, Anita’s comments about the Leicester defeat are baffling.

According to the 26 year old Dutch midfielder, he thought everybody did their best for the team on Saturday and over the course of this season so far.

Vurnon Anita also claiming that Newcastle ‘started well’ against Leicester and overall ‘played well’ in the first half.

Vurnon Anita:

“I try to do my best for the team and I think everybody does but it’s just disappointing.

“We have to re-focus because next week we have Crystal Palace and we have got to go there to win the game.

“Cheick (Tiote) went off and we had to change some things around, it was one of those days, but we have to stay positive, have to fight and do our best.

 “We started well (v Leicester) and then it was a big disappointment for us.

“They scored at the end of the first half but it still wasn’t over, I felt in the first half we played well but we conceded a goal at the end.

“At half-time we said ‘We can still win this’ and then we started the second half…we were sloppy and we conceded but you can still get back into a game at 2-0…but we didn’t create enough chances.

“We have been better in recent weeks, it is slow progress but…people only look at the points.”


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