Newcastle United suffered relegation to the Championship.
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren looks dejected
Former Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren suggests the club’s poor recruitment in terms of positions prompted a desperate defensive record and ensuing relegation, the Shields Gazette report.
McClaren took charge of Newcastle last summer following an 20-month spell at Derby County, yet his reign at St. James’ Park was short and disappointing as the club struggled for form.
Despite a big improvement under his successor Rafa Benitez, it was a case of too little, too late for the Magpies as they suffered relegation to the Championship days before the season finale.
Talking to reporters, McClaren places most of the blame on recruitment and highlights the club’s lack of defensive-minded acquisitions as a key factor in his dismissal and the side’s ultimate relegation.
“I didn’t really have time – because we said that it would be three windows (to change things). We had two, and I don’t think we recruited the right players in the right positions, otherwise we wouldn’t have conceded so many goals,” McClaren told the Shields Gazette.
“We always had to score a lot of goals to win games and, unfortunately for me, I thought with past history (at Newcastle) and with records from Alan Pardew, that I would be given time. Unfortunately I wasn’t.”
Newcastle signed the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey for big money last term but the only real defensive signing was the inexperienced Chancel Mbemba.
The lack of defensive quality and organisation soon became apparent, and it was in games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace where things soon reached an embarrassment.
In the end, with 65 goals conceded over the season, it came as little surprise to see Newcastle go down.