Newcastle boss Steve McClaren needs to be more active on the sidelines.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has claimed that Steve McClaren needs to be more active on the sidelines during games, motivating his players from the technical area rather than sitting down.
Yorke said: “When you do these managerial courses you’ve got to have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, I get that. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing better to show the passion from the manager by getting out in that technical area - dictating things and demanding more from players. I would like to see a bit more of that.”
McClaren is on a dreadful run of form with Newcastle right now, losing every Premier League game so far this season, and only claiming a victory in the League Cup - against League Two opposition.
Despite this, McClaren always sits in his dug-out, or even up in the stands, looking through notebooks and tactical set-ups, and rarely moves close to the pitch to instruct his players.
This is where Yorke wants to see the head coach change, and he believes it is hard for players to be motivated when the coach is doing nothing to show his own motivation.
Yorke wants to see McClaren channel his former manager Alex Ferguson, who spent much of his career instructing players from as close to the pitch as possible, and became known as arguably the greatest motivational coach in footballing history.
If McClaren was to get up on his players more often, and motivate them more consistently, it could be that results would start to improve at St James’ Park - especially considering how unmotivated the Newcastle squad currently look.