Steve McClaren has read the riot act to Newcastle United’s players after a winless start to the campaign.
The club is without a Premier League victory with five games played.
And Newcastle were left propping up the division after Monday night’s dismal 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
McClaren chose his words carefully in his post-match Press conference at Upton Park, though he was highly critical of the “organisation, discipline and defending” of his team.
But the club’s head coach didn’t hold back in the dressing room, where he tore into his players.
McClaren was unhappy with the team individually and collectively on a night where little went right for his new-look Newcastle side, whose league target is a top-eight finish.
And the players were told the team’s performance in east London was unacceptable.
McClaren now expects a reaction against newly-promoted Watford at St James’s Park tomorrow.
Newcastle were wanting at both ends of the pitch at Upon Park.
There were some familiar defensive failings, while the team, worryingly, have not scored in four league games.
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic remains suspended, but McClaren is toying with the idea of fielding Ayoze Perez up front.
Perez won praise from McClaren for his performance off the bench against West Ham, and Papiss Demba Cisse’s place is under threat after his poor performance against West Ham.
Forward Siem de Jong is also pushing for a start against newly-promoted Watford, who climbed up to 13th place after beating Swansea City last weekend.
And winger Rolando Aarons, yet to start a league game for Newcastle, is another option for McClaren, who felt some of the players let the club down at Upton Park.
McClaren, however, doesn’t expect to have any players back from injury, though defender Paul Dummett is close to a return.