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Strange comments from Steve McClaren about Jonjo Shelvey

7 years ago

Steve McClaren has come out with a strange view on Jonjo Shelvey.

The now out of work former Newcastle boss, says that the midfielder has been a ‘revelation’ for NUFC this season.

McClaren seems to have forgotten that when he was in the job, Jonjo Shelvey was the player brought in to save Newcastle from relegation 14 months ago.

A fee of £13m and making him now the biggest wage earner at the club – a Premier League fee and salary to do a job in the top tier.

A ‘revelation’ in football terms is when something ‘surprising and previously unheard of before’ is done by a player.

Having played for Liverpool and Swansea in the Premier League for four or five years and picking up caps for England, it would have been a massive failure if Jonjo Shelvey hadn’t stood out at this level.

The same to a lesser extent with the likes of Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin.

Whereas other Newcastle players such as Perez, Colback, Diame and Mitrovic have struggled to show they are any better than second tier football, despite having  – to greater or lesser extents – shown some decent play in the Premier League previously.

One of the worst things about Steve McClaren being sacked once again is that we are set to have to put up with more of his feeble utterances until some other mugs take him on again.

Steve McClaren speaking to Sky Sports and asked if Newcastle are on their way to the Premier League:


“No problem as they score goals and win matches.

Credit to (Rafa) Benitez, he took a big risk when staying in the Championship with Newcastle and I think it will pay off.

“The squad that they’ve got, they’ve got goals in them from anywhere.

“I think Jonjo Shelvey has been the revelation for them – he’s been the main player.

“He is a leader – so long as he can curb his temper he is the big man for them.”

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