Newcastle United are close to crisis admits Steve McClaren
Newcastle dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Sheffield Wednesday
September 24th, 2015
Steve McClaren could not have imagined a worst start as manager of Newcastle United. Despite landing a goalless draw at Old Trafford, the Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League table after amassing just two points in six matches.
To make things worse, they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, with Sheffield Wednesday landing a 1-0 win at St James’ Park and the natives are becoming restless once again.
McClaren targeted a top eight finish and a trophy in June when taking the reins, although a relegation scrap seems to be on the cards, with the FA Cup the only remaining piece of silverware up for grabs.
The Magpies manager admitted that Newcastle are nearing crisis point and that the players have to go out and get a result against Chelsea on Saturday.
McClaren said: “Is the job harder than I thought? Absolutely. Without a doubt.
“People say it’s a crisis and it’s getting very close to it. We deserve to be criticised.
“The only people who can do anything about it are in that dressing room,” he added. “We have to be fighters, not victims.
“How far do you go down before you turn it around? Do you say that’s enough? For me, that’s enough.
“We need results. There is trepidation but it’s a great game for us on Saturday.”
Newcastle are massive outsiders to beat Chelsea on Saturday, with the champions having seemingly turned things around after a poor start to the season, although it was a fixture won by the home side last term.
McClaren is also on the Newcastle board which would make things all the trickier if Mike Ashley decided to remove him from proceedings, with the Tyneside club among the favourites to be relegated.