‘I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day’ – Steve McClaren hits back at Newcastle legend

first_img1 Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has responded to widespread criticism about his managerial style and the mental state of his players.The Magpies are languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three after 14 games and have conceded eight goals in their last two league games against Leicester and Crystal Palace.Former captain Alan Shearer was withering in his Match of the Day analysis last weekend, suggesting his former club has too many “Monday to Friday” players and bemoaning the lack of an obvious plan.But McClaren responded: “I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day or any other programme. People make me aware [of their comments] and they’re interesting.“I’ve been a pundit myself and it’s a great job. It’s the best job in the world. Football’s about opinions. There are lots of TV and radio programmes. When you’re asked, you have to give an opinion. It’s what you’re paid for.“You respect that opinion from people who have played football at the highest, highest level. I’ve got no criticism of that. But we tend not to focus [on them], though one or two things are very interesting.”The heavy 5-1 defeat at Palace last Saturday led to claims that McClaren’s players were losing interest with some even accused of not trying.However, the former England boss, who will lead his troops into battle with a rejuvenated Liverpool on Sunday, said: “You cross that white line and you play in front of 52,000 people, believe you me, you have got to try.“When you are lacking in confidence and you are lacking in belief, you are not getting results and performances and you are a young player coming into a new situation, or an old one that’s always there, it’s very difficult to turn that around, very difficult.“It looks like, from the outside, they are not trying, they are not running, they are not working. I thought that and we looked at the stats and they are exactly the same. But it looks like they are not trying.“But they are and we see that. We are trying to build it every week and I see it in training, and we need to transfer that confidence that we have and that belief that we have in the week into a Saturday.” Steve McClaren last_img read more

NO HEATWAVE BUT MCGUINNESS’ MEN TURN UP HEAT IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACE

first_imgGAA fans from across the county may just be looking forward to a long summer on the road after Jim McGuinness’ team impressed once more again today.Donegal brushed aside the challenge of Cavan in poor conditions at Breffni Park on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.Just under 10,000 fans travelled to Cavan for the game with many still refusing to pay €27 for a covered stand seat. Now that Donegal are on a roll with wins over both Antrim and now Cavan, fans may get behind their side when they face Tyrone in the Ulster Championship semi-final in just two weeks time.However the big talking point of today’s game was the sending off of star forward Michael Murphy after just 13 minutes for allegedly striking his marker.Despite Murphy’s dismissal, Donegal stuck to their task and were value for their 1-6 to 0-3 lead at the interval.Although this was not a vintage Donegal display, there were several individual performances which suggest McGuinness is getting the formula right. Although many may have thought his best football was behind him, Colm McFadden again put in a fine performance taking five fine points.Goals from Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh and three points from Dermot Molloy made sure Cavan were never going to get back into this game.But despite going behind to an early Cavan point, it was Donegal who made all the headway.Cavan did try to rally a little in the second half with a goal from Brennan but they never had enough in the tank to trouble Donegal who also had plenty of strength on their bench.Tyrone will be a different kettle of fish come two weeks time. But post-match interviews had one notable thread running through them – nobody within the Donegal team was talking themselves up.Others might believe the hype, but McGuinness is keeping his team’s feet firmly on the ground.EndsNO HEATWAVE BUT MCGUINNESS’ MEN TURN UP HEAT IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACE was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more