Whilst he is no Alan Pardew…yet, Steve McClaren does share some of his annoying habits.
Like Pardew, the new head coach tends to twist facts to suit himself and changes with the wind, when matches don’t go according to plan.
Our former manager was guilty a number of times of making things up as he went along, often saying things that were patently untrue.
Steve McClaren is flirting with this now.
Talking about Saturday’s opposition, Steve McClaren has been talking about the progress Leicester have made, going from being in the bottom three when they last visited Newcastle, to top three at the minute.
The only problem is that Leicester were 12th last October when visiting St James Park and it was Newcastle who were bottom three at the time, actually joint bottom with only 4 points – Leicester had 9.
I suppose the difference is that if he was still here, Alan Pardew would also claim that Newcastle had really moved on, what with us being fourth bottom now…
Steve McClaren talking to the Chronicle:
“It’s not like Leicester coming here last year, then they were in the bottom three.
“Leicester have been the surprise team of the season so far, it has been a big turnaround and how it can happen.
That’s in just one year – you can go from being in the bottom three to the top three.
“Nigel Pearson takes credit and Claudio Ranieri takes credit for using his experience to steady the ship.
“It is hard to do when you just come in but he has done it, they are one of those teams, a bit like West Ham, who have had a great start to the season.
“It’s going to be a fantastic game, they are a team who are never dead.
“That’s the key thing, even if you are 2-0 up you can’t think you are alright because they keep coming from behind.
“They have great spirit, Leicester are a team we can look at and say: ‘Look what can be done’. You see what can be done in a year.
“It is purely through good management and the spirit of the players. They are in the top three, it is going to be some game.”