Former Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has criticised the club’s supporters for their constant “discontent” in delivering his verdict over the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.
The Magpies were forced to come from behind to rescue a point in front of their own fans, Joselu coming off the substitutes’ bench to net an equaliser after Jordan Ayew had given the Premier League’s bottom club the lead on Tyneside, the match finishing 1-1.
It was a result which left Newcastle without a home win in their last seven games, and sitting just three points and three places above Stoke City in 18th, the first of the three relegation spots at the foot of the table.
Analysing the result, McClaren, who lasted less than a year in charge of the Magpies as he found himself replaced by current boss Rafael Benitez during the ill-fated 2015/16 season, said that the fans needed to back the Spanish boss but that “instability” and “discontent” were features of the club’s history and that they have continued into the current campaign.
Handing the north east club a mark of ‘C’ for their performance against the Swans, he told Sky Sports: “There’s always discontent at Newcastle.
“You will only get success at a football club when you have stability, and when there is good cohesion between the top, middle and bottom.
“Once you get instability it impacts everything, and Newcastle over the years have been prone to that. Rafa Benitez is trying to steady the ship and do his job.
“The key is that Benitez has the backing of the fans, which is tough because they haven’t won a home Premier League game in seven.”
Newcastle’s next game sees them come up against a Manchester City side who have just been beaten for the first time all season, with Liverpool having hit home four goals in an enthralling 4-3 clash on Sunday.
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