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Steve McClaren: Don’t judge me after 10 games – wait until end of season!

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has pleaded with Newcastle United fans to judge him at the end of the season – and NOT after 10 games.

The club is propping up the Premier League table with eight games played – and there is growing unease on Tyneside.

I’m not saying judging me after ten, 11, 12 games or whatever. I guess I would say ‘if you’re going to throw things at me, judge me at the end of the season’.

Steve McClaren

And winless United desperately need to beat Norwich City at St James’s Park tomorrow. McClaren had previously asked supporters not to judge him until 10 games had been played.

But the club’s under-pressure head coach, mindful that the judgement of many is likely to be damning unless Newcastle dramatically improve against Norwich – and Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on October 25 – wants more time to turn the club around.

“I think I’m judged every week, and I’ll be judged again on Sunday night,” said McClaren.

“Then the next week, and the week after that.

“You’re judged every day and in every game.

“I’m not saying judging me after ten, 11, 12 games or whatever. I guess I would say ‘if you’re going to throw things at me, judge me at the end of the season’.”

Meanwhile, Norwich manager Alex Neil has warned his side against thinking they will just be able to turn up at St James’s Park and heap more misery on McClaren’s struggling side.

“If you look over the Premier League, there are no weak squads, so you know if you don’t perform well, then nine times out of 10 you will lose the game,” Neil said.

“We like to worry about what we are going to do, and not the opposition.”