Steve McClaren explains what he thinks of Florian Thauvin chants

Florian Thauvin

The Newcastle boss is on the defensive once again. Will there ever be a week where he's not forced to bat away heavy criticism?

Steve McClaren thinks chants from Newcastle United fans aimed at Florian Thauvin on Saturday afternoon were 'very harsh,' according to the Shields Gazette.

Indeed, Newcastle lost yet again at Vicarage Road when Watford beat them 1-0 to knock them out of the FA Cup.

And fans chanted 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' at the Frenchman, also aiming songs at McClaren and the rest of the Newcastle team. 

But McClaren is quoted as telling reporters after the game: "I thought very harsh.

"I think we've had two games Leicester and Crystal Palace where, yeah, we were all angry and frustrated and we could accept criticism.

"The attitude of the players, that's all they (the fans) ask do they work, do they chase, do they win tackles, do they create chances?

"We've had 25 crosses. We've had 25 crosses in the game, they've gone across the keeper, (Heurelho) Gomes has made saves, our keeper's not had a save to make, and you can't ask any more from the players."

If nothing more can be asked of the players, of course, one has to question whether Newcastle need a better manager.

It's interesting to see just how much of an impact a change of manager can have. At Chelsea, the players just weren't responding to Jose Mourinho. Now, they look as relaxed and capable as ever.

Even though Newcastle fans are understandably frustrated, at least the Magpies aren't getting thrashed on a weekly basis - as they once were.

But someone needs to start taking their chances at St James' Park, even if it's a new striker brought in this January...

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