Lee Bowyer has pointed the finger at Newcastle United’s foreign players being to blame for the club ending up in the relegation zone.
The former Newcastle midfielder says that the players from overseas are happy to pocket their wages without putting their effort in, with the British players apparently absolved of blame.
Lee Bowyer thinks that the foreign players aren’t bothered if Steve McClaren has a go at them because then if he gets sacked because of their lack of effort and subsequent defeats for the team, the club will just bring another manager in.
Exactly how closely Lee Bowyer has actually been following Newcastle’s fortunes in recent seasons is questionable however.
He quite rightly points the finger at Coloccini as a big problem at the club but then revealed he wasn’t sure whether he was captain or not, despite the Argentine defender having held the position for almost five years!
If only it was a simple case at Newcastle of foreign players bad, home-grown players good…
Lee Bowyer talking to Talksport:
“But the way I look at it is, if Newcastle do decide to get rid of Steve, who are they going to bring in? Who is going to do a better job?”
“I just think it comes down to attitude. For example, they went 1-0 up at Crystal Palace and just folded, end up losing 5-1. Their attitude is just wrong.
“If they’re not the type of the players who are not going to respond if Steve gives them a rollicking, which I think he must already be doing, he’s just wasting his time because it’s not having an effect.
“Not so much the British players, more along the foreign lines, I think that they just think, we’re taking our money and then at the end of the day another manager will come in.
“Look at John Terry, him alone will motivate the players without the manager, you need to have somebody like him at every club.
“By the looks of it, they have got Coloccini, I’m guessing he is the Captain at centre-half. Or even if he aint the captain he should be the one that should be that is motivating everybody and getting everybody going, because he is the strong point of our side.”