Steve McClaren has a managerial headache at Newcastle – and NOT of the good kind

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Florian Thauvin again arrived at St James’s Park in a dinner jacket.

So far, Thauvin’s been more stylish off the pitch than on it.

But can he replicate his performance against Northampton Town in the last round of the Capital One Cup? If selected, of course.

That night he scored one goal and set up three more in a 4-1 win for Newcastle United late last month.

The club hasn’t won since.

And head coach Steve McClaren – whose side are second-bottom in the Premier League – has a headache for tonight’s third-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

The club’s injured list already runs into double figures, and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is also suspended for the tie.

And not the good kind that managers – and head coaches – often talk about.

The club’s injured list already runs into double figures, and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is also suspended for the tie.

In previous seasons, a weakened team – and an early exit – wasn’t a problem for the club’s hierarchy.

The cups, we were told, weren’t a priority for the club.

But owner Mike Ashley changed all that in May by insisting Newcastle would take the cups seriously.

And McClaren must find a way to win with what he has available to him – or risk a backlash from Ashley and the club’s fans.