Steve McClaren was hired by Newcastle this summer to turn things around and bring some pride back to the North East.
Things haven’t gone as planned, as the Magpies have just two wins on the season and sit second-to-last on the table. Following a 5-1 embarrassment against Crystal Palace last weekend, Newcastle’s goal differential dropped to a league-worst -16.
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McClaren’s future at the club has come into question, as some believe his time at St. James’ Park could be up just months into his tenure.
With upcoming matches against Liverpool and Tottenham, McClaren’s job isn’t getting any easier. The Newcastle boss spoke about his team’s struggles, saying confidence is “very fragile” at this point.
Nobody is happy at this football club.
All of sudden we have gone three steps forward and five or six back.
We believe in these players but confidence is very fragile. People question a lack of character and fight and it appears that way, but these are young players, this is what they are going through.
Newcastle has problems all over the pitch, struggling to score goals while struggling even more to keep them out. The frustrations can be seen through the Magpies’ disciplinary record, which is the worst in the league with 28 yellow cards and three red cards through 14 matches.
At times it looks like McClaren doesn’t have complete control of his squad, as the players don’t seem fight for their manager on the pitch. The board certainly won’t want to sack McClaren a few months after his hiring, but if the struggles continue, they may have no choice.