Jonjo Shelvey has admitted that Steve McClaren is presiding over a ‘sticky situation’ at St James Park.
Having made him Newcastle’s latest Captain, Shelvey says that he thinks a lot of the Head Coach and has appreciated what McClaren has had to say about him since signing from Swansea.
As for the mess at the club, the former Liverpool midfielder says that Steve McClaren is ‘at the forefront of it’ but doesn’t deserve to be, with the players the ones at the heart of who is responsible.
Sky Sports claimed on Thursday afternoon that a sacking of McClaren was imminent and that he would definitely be gone before Monday’s match at Leicester.
Jonjo Shelvey though says that the players have to just carry on playing for Steve McClaren whatever is being said in the media, Shelvey about the only one who could claim that they were playing for the Head Coach, or indeed anybody – fans, club etc, in the feeble surrender against Bournemouth.
Even taking away the managerial/coaching situation, Shelvey says that the players are paid a lot of money to do their best, regardless of who is in charge.
As for the ‘sticky situation’, I think in the comedy classic, Blackadder summed up Newcastle’s situation quite perfectly with the line:
“We’re in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.”
Jonjo Shelvey talking to Sky Sports:
“It’s obviously a sticky situation and Steve is at the forefront of it, which he doesn’t deserve, to be honest – but it is what it is.
“It’s nice to know what Steve thinks of me and I think a lot of him also.
“We have got to play for him while he is still in charge and hopefully he stays in charge.
“I think you have got to keep your focus – you are getting paid loads of money to do your job.
“It is your job to keep yourself away from the media and the rumours, you can’t listen to that because you can never believe something until it has happened.
“We have been very professional this week and we have trained really well – training has been fun and enjoyable and we are just preparing as usual for the Leicester game.”