Mark Lawrenson uses Steve McClaren to make a point about Newcastle's players

Steve McClaren

The pundit has been discussing Newcastle's players.

Mark Lawrenson believes the fact Steve McClaren was having a 'crisis meeting every two weeks' sums up everything you need to know about Newcastle United's squad, according to BBC Football.

Newcastle are now led by Rafael Benitez, a manager many hailed as the man able to take the club to the next level.

Since his arrival, however, Benitez hasn't been able to produce results and Lawrenson feels it's the attitude of the players at St James' Park that's the biggest problem on Tyneside. 

Lawrenson told the BBC on Sunday afternoon: "Steve McClaren was having a crisis meeting every two weeks when he was in charge at Newcastle. I think that tells you everything you need to know about the players' attitude at St James' Park."

The Magpies squad does seem to be quite an exaggerated stereotype of modern football.

The players are more than happy to receive a millionaire's wage but less than prepared to put the work in to earn it.

This Newcastle team would likely struggle in the Championship, as well, meaning some serious recruitment will be needed at St James' Park over the summer.

Even those Newcastle bought in January were a waste of time. The commitment and skill levels just aren't there.

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