Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon that Steve McClaren is not to blame for Newcastle United’s current situation.
Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs of England, but they are in real danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
The Magpies are second from bottom in the league table at the moment, and there is a real worry around St. James’ Park.
McClaren has been criticised by the Newcastle fans for failing to stop the rot, but Merson believes that it is the players who should take the responsibility for the team’s current failings.
“I think he (McClaren) is in a little too much trouble,” said the former Arsenal attacker on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t think it is down to him, I think it is the players. I think he is a good man and a good coach, but I think these players are letting him down.”
McClaren is a very good ‘coach’, but is he a good manager? Is the former Derby County and Nottingham Forest boss the right man to take Newcastle forward?
As Merson says, the Newcastle players need to take responsibility. The Magpies will take on Liverpool at St. James’ Park in the Premier League today, and the fans will want a spirited performance from the team.