A language barrier and confusion over changes to the backroom staff is to blame for Newcastle’s woeful start to the season, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The Mail report claims changes made by Steve McClaren to his backroom staff, including the appointment of psychological health guru Steve Black, have caused disruption for the playing staff.
McClaren is also thought to be struggling to get his message across to the players, despite the use of several interpreters.
The Mail claim tension is growing between the Newcastle gaffer and chief scout Graham Carr – who lobbied hard for McClaren’s appointment – over the performances of the summer signings.
Whatever the problems behind the scenes, time is fast running out for McClaren to turn things around on Tyneside, and should a first win prove elusive for much longer, his reign could be brought to a swift end.
Blaming McClaren for Newcastle’s failings is too simplistic, however, and a change of manager is unlikely to produce a drastic change in performance with a squad packed with mediocre players, lacking in belief or fight.