Steve McClaren undeserving of Newcastle United situation, says Shelvey

Steve McClaren

The Magpies boss is seemingly set to be replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Steve McClaren does not deserve to be at the forefront of Newcastle United’s current sticky situation, Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has told Sky Sports.

The club are currently in the bottom three with nine games left of the season following a highly disappointing first campaign under the former Derby County boss.

McClaren has bore the brunt of the criticism, with widespread reports now suggesting he is set to be replaced by former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez sooner rather than later.

Shelvey though, says that he doesn’t deserve to be put at the forefront of the ‘sticky’ situation at St James Park.

"It's obviously a sticky situation,” he told Sky Sports.

“Steve is at the forefront of it, which he doesn't deserve to be honest. But it is what it is. It's nice to know what Steve thinks of me, and I think a lot of him also.”

While McClaren doesn’t deserve all of the criticism for Newcastle’s current situation, a large portion of the blame does lie on his shoulders.

In particular his transfer dealings have been largely disappointing, with the vast majority of his signings in the summer having proved to be poor ones.

Indeed, his failure to seriously improve the defence, and focus his efforts elsewhere, has largely been the undermining factor which has ruined his reign in the North East.

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