Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has revealed his Magpies squad are the most frustrating he has ever worked with in his career.
The Magpies are in real danger of slipping into the Championship as they prepare to take on Stoke City on Wednesday, but McClaren believes they should be nowhere near the relegation zone given the quality of the squad.
However, very rarely have they shown it, winning just six matches this season and McClaren admits he has never been more frustrated with a set of players.
“This is the most frustrating team I’ve worked with,” the former England boss said. “At West Brom we showed our ability with a fantastic performance [in a 1-0 win] appreciated by the crowd.
“The next performance is 5-1 and it could have been nine or 10. The home truths have been there all season.
“We’ve talked about character, attitude and fight and realising the position we’re in before it’s too late. We’re talking about everyone at the club.
“We’re in a scrap, we’re in a fight and we’ve got to start joining in.”