The Magpies boss sounds like a man out of his depth when speaking to reporters, even if he is to come good at St James' Park.
Another poor Newcastle United performance brought another poor result against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
But more worrying were Steve McClaren's comments after the game.
Indeed, as reported by the Shields Gazette, McClaren actually said the following words to reporters: "Actually, I would not say it was a shock.
"We’ve always known what the job is and it is a tough one. We know we’re going to have bad days and this was certainly one of them."
Ultimately, it sounds like McClaren is admitting not doing his job. The Newcastle boss is saying he knows his side will get battered - and often - and is insisting there is nothing he, as manager of that team, can do.
Is that something the thousands of passionate Newcastle fans want to hear? Those who pay for season tickets and go to games - will they be happy to hear McClaren has accepted poor performances and bad defeats before games have even happened?
If only a manager could actually prepare for games, perhaps through training and tactics? Clearly, McClaren doesn't feel that's part of his job description.
Even if the Newcastle boss does come good at St James' Park, then, his media handling needs to seriously improve. McClaren was famed for being good with the press before he took over on Tyneside. Much like his side's on-pitch displays, though, there has been no evidence of that so far...