Former Blackpool manager Lee Clark says Newcastle United are difficult to watch these days and lays the blame at solely at the feet of the players, the Daily Star reports.
Ever since Alan Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace at the start of 2015, it has been one disaster after another for Tyneside outfit and new boss Steve McClaren has been unable to arrest the slide.
Their recent 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester City sparked some training ground altercations and things only got worse on Saturday as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat against Alan Pardew’s Palace.
The defeat leaves the Magpies in the bottom three and in all sorts of bother.
However, despite plenty of criticism heading McClaren's way, former player Lee Clark believes the fault lies firmly with the players as he labels his hometown club difficult to watch these days.
“It's hard watching this Newcastle team at times. There's not a lot of vocal leadership out on the pitch and when they concede a goal, the body language is awful,” Clark said.
"I was at Manchester City when we went one up and should have had another before they equalised and then the floodgates opened and we lost 6-1.”
“That's not the fault of the manager. You have to question the players who instead of rolling their sleeves up, start feeling sorry for themselves. When was the last time Newcastle came back to rescue a game?"
Newcastle were one of the biggest spenders during the summer, yet they failed to strengthen key areas of the team and there appears a distinct lack of leadership among the players.
McClaren has a huge job in his hands, yet his insistence of playing an expansive game leaves them too open and susceptible to heavy defeats such as the Palace and Manchester City results.
Unless Newcastle can pull together, regain their confidence and most importantly bring in the right additions in January, it’s hard to envisage them beating the drop come next May.