Next Premier Boss To Be Sacked ...
Remi Garde 7/10
Louis van Gaal 2/1
Steve McClaren 10/1
Alex Neil 12/1
Steve McClaren admitted his players he “fell short” at Goodison Park.
He also said Newcastle United’s 3-0 defeat to Everton on Wednesday night was “unacceptable”. It was.
Too much praise has been lavished on far too many mediocre performances.
If McClaren is seemingly happy when his players break sweat, is it any wonder that the club is mired in the Premier League’s relegation zone and sinking deeper into trouble?
McClaren, let’s be clear, has also fallen short as head coach.
Too often this season, his team has looked ill-equipped and ill-prepared, and Goodison Park was another case in point.
Newcastle had to soak up Everton’s early pressure, quieten the crowd and use the pace of Andros Townsend, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez on the break.
But where there should have been diligence, there was sloppiness.
Soon after taking charge of United, McClaren talked of the need to address the team’s defensive problems.
Yet eight months later they still haven’t been tackled.
Had United signed a left-back on loan in last month’s transfer window, it would have been a help.
That’s where McClaren and his coaching staff come in.
I watched them try to implement their vision for the team in sweltering temperatures across the United States in last summer.
McClaren wanted his team to play from the back and attack down the flanks with pace and purpose, but we’ve only seen glimpses of that work over the past few months.
Never mind about "pre-season doesn't matter" ... it bloody does!
Newcastle and Chelsea both had a shocking summer and that continued from August onwards.
The club has spent almost £80million on its squad since the end of last season, and there has been no discernible return on the pitch.
McClaren has talked a lot about “progress” this season, but we haven’t seen much, if any, progress at Newcastle.
McClaren asked to be judged after 10 games after his own appointment.
The 54-year-old, sacked at Derby County last summer, soon asked for more time, but judgement day can’t be long in coming now.
His previous clubs Derby and Nottingham Forest are far better now than they were under McClaren's leadership.
We need him out!