Steve McClaren does not want his Newcastle players to worry about results.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Steve McClaren has admitted that he has told his Newcastle players to not worry about picking up results, and instead focus on the performances they are putting it.
McClaren said: “Sometimes you can play badly and win but the majority of time you have to play well to win. And that’s what we have said to players. We want them to concentrate on performance and not worry about the result. We want them to worry about how they play.”
Whilst a commendable approach, with the desire to play attractive football one of the traits to have defined McClaren’s career, right now it is not the message he should be giving to his Newcastle squad.
There is no clear game plan, and few players have yet to do anything to suggest the Tyneside club are guaranteed their Premier League survival.
McClaren might want his team to play good football, but right now, he should be setting them up to gain points, not impress watching crowds.
And with points being won, confidence will return, and that lends itself to players performing at a much higher level in more attractive systems.
McClaren’s message may be admirable, but Newcastle fans will be hoping the players have not listened to him, as it is hard to imagine where their next points will come from if the players are worried about winning another game.