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Martin Keown: “Steve McClaren looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights’

5 years ago

Martin Keown’s had a savage assessment after watching Newcastle’s feeble defeat against Bournemouth and Steve McClaren’s interview after the game.

The former Arsenal and England defender saying that the Newcastle Head Coach ‘looks like a rabbit in the headllights’.

McClaren’s words after the game were as embarrassing as his team’s display, the United boss declaring ‘I firmly believe what we are doing behind the scenes is right…’

Martin Keown thinks McClaren might be a decent coach but is not manager material.

The player turned pundit believing it is very likely that Newcastle will make a change this week, especially with the likes of Benitez, Rodgers and Moyes still without a job.

Martin Keown talking on Match of The Day:

“I thought he (Steve McClaren) was an excellent coach (when working with him in the England squad), I don’t think…no, not a manager for me.

“You are looking around now, was that nine defeats from 12?

“He keeps saying there are 10 games to go…he looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights and with managers knocking around of the calibre of Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Benitez.

“You wonder if they will make a decision this week.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 3 

Goals – 

Newcastle: Perez 80

Bournemouth: Taylor (OG) 28, King 70, Daniels 90+2

Possession was Newcastle 49% Bournemouth 51%

Total shots were Newcastle 14 and Bournemouth 16

Shots on target were Newcastle 3 and Bournemouth 5

Corners were Newcastle 5 and Bournemouth 4

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Dummett (Anita 31), Shelvey, Sissoko (Aarons 69), Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Riviere (Mitrovic 46)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Saivet, Gouffran, Doumbia

Ref: Paul Tierney

Crowd: 52,107

(Essential read – NUFC Instant fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)


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