The Tyne-Wear Derby in two weeks could be a decisive one for the Premier League safety of both Sunderland and Newcastle, and the two sides’ managers unknowingly held a post-match banter competition after poor Saturday finishes.
Newcastle went down 2-0 to Bournemouth and took more than an hour to hit a shot on target, eventually losing 3-1 in a mostly listless affair at St. James Park.
Booed and jeered off the pitch after the game, McClaren said his team was terrible.
From the BBC:
“I’m very disappointed. That was definitely a poor performance and ‘going down’ material. The only positive is that we have 10 games to go.
“We have got to find the fighters in the team and the performance today did not epitomise that. We cannot play like that and hope to stay up.
“But we are fortunate that we’ve got 10 games and that’s enough. It’s a four-team league now and we play everyone around us.”
Up next is Leicester City, but then Newcastle gets Sunderland at home before going to Norwich City in a critical 13-day stretch.
Judging by Saturday’s performance, Newcastle shouldn’t expect much and could be heading down to the Championship for the second time in a decade. If it wasn’t Newcastle, which sticks with managers in lean times, you’d imagine McClaren would be fired before the next game.