Steve McClaren has been looking at the 18 Premier League clubs who played at the weekend.
Once again looking for a manager’s job, the hapless former Newcastle boss is getting work with Sky Sports.
They asked Steve McClaren to give his ‘expert’ verdict and grades for each club’s performance on Saturday/Sunday.
He gives Newcastle a middling C grade for their home draw with Swansea, the Welsh club getting a slightly better C+.
Interesting though to see his write-up (read it below) on Newcastle, McClaren choosing to go off on a bit of one, saying ‘There’s always discontent at Newcastle. You will only get success at a football club when you have stability, and when there is good cohesion between the top, middle and bottom.’
Sky Sports – ‘Who was top of the class? And who needs to catch up on their homework? Steve McClaren gives his weekend Premier League grades…’
(A+) Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Bournemouth
(A) West Ham, Man City
(B+) Leicester, West Ham
(C) Chelsea, Newcastle, Burnley, Huddersfield, Southampton
(D) Everton, Arsenal
Newcastle – C
“There’s always discontent at Newcastle.
“You will only get success at a football club when you have stability, and when there is good cohesion between the top, middle and bottom.
“Once you get instability it impacts everything, and Newcastle over the years have been prone to that.
“Rafa Benitez is trying to steady the ship and do his job.
“The key is that Benitez has the backing of the fans, which is tough because they haven’t won a home Premier League game in seven.”
Swansea – C+
“Again, a change of management, but this one is a little different. What Swansea needed was someone to bring them back to the philosophy of years back, under Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, known for playing good football from the back, possession-based. I think they wanted to return to that and chose a foreign coach in Carlos Carvalhal to do that.”