Alan Shearer surveyed the wreckage of the latest defeat for Newcastle this season as Bournemouth left with all three points.
The only saving grace was that Norwich lost to Swansea and Sunderland conceded a last gasp goal against 10 man Southampton, which prevented the mackems going three points clear (and with a much better goal difference).
Alan Shearer believes McClaren is in ‘massive trouble’ but says the club is in ‘a mess from top to bottom’.
Summing up where the problem(s) lie at Newcastle, the United legend says ‘everywhere’.
Shearer also made reference as well to the embarrassing PR stunts from Mike Ashley, sending out statements in the names of various people at the club.
The latest one being a quite unbelievably bad one that reached new lows, only around 90 minutes before kick-off the club circulated a statement ‘from’ the players which claimed they were all fully supportive of Steve McClaren.
As Alan Shearer points out, there wasn’t a single indication of that on the pitch against Bournemouth.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:
“Steve McClaren is in massive trouble, he has to take his fair share of the blame, but the whole club is a mess from top to bottom.
“We have seen statements from the Chief Ecec (Lee Charnley), from the fitness coach saying how fit the players are, from the manager, from the Captain and now from the players today – backing the manager.
“Well if that (v Bournemouth) is a performance to say that we (the team) are backing the manager, then they really are in trouble.
“There are no statements of intent on the pitch, where it really matters, and that is the biggest problem.
“No Academy players coming through, the Chief Scout Graham Carr holds all, if not most, of the power with players coming and coming out – the team lacks character and leaders.
“You have a striker (Mitrovic) who they paid £15m for in the summer – they can’t score goals and he is sat on the bench today. So that tells you where the problems lie with Newcastle – everywhere.
“He (McClaren) is not a manager at Newcastle because I’m not sure he has all that much say on players coming in and coming out.
“He is also on the board which is another bizarre decision.”