The Magpies boss has once again shown a significant lack of leadership. Will he ever stand up to his struggling captain?
Indeed, McClaren has once again praised the Argentine. It seems he will praise him simply for being alive.
The Newcastle boss believes his captain is handling current criticism of his form 'very well' and has all but suggested it's not the skipper's job to lead his team.
"He’s handling it (the criticism) very well," McClaren is quoted as telling reporters.
"One, he is used to it, and two, because he has got the experience. He knows he has got the experience and belief and confidence in himself.
"He tries to demonstrate that every day and that’s what he was doing. But captaincy and leadership are not about one player, it’s about everybody."
It's getting repetitive calling McClaren out on his constant mistakes, of course, and his constant ignorance of Coloccini's poor form.
Is the definition of handling criticism well continuing to play badly?
Perhaps McClaren has already given up trying to sort Newcastle out and is resigned to the fact he won't last at the club - or that they will go down if he does.
There seems to be no fight, no discipline from the manager. Look at how Sam Allardyce has sorted Sunderland out - by doing the basics and some no-nonsense talking. At St James' Park, the only talking comes from McClaren heaping praise on players bringing shame to Newcastle United.