But, just days into the job, McClaren is making basic mistakes and offering poor excuses for a club that simply aren't pulling their weight in the transfer market.
Indeed, the Magpies boss is already singing from a different hymnsheet than the one when he took the job. Back then, he boldly stated that Newcastle will spend plenty and sign plenty. McClaren claimed he was convinced of that by Mike Ashley's Sky Sports interview saying the same last season.
Well, if the Newcastle coach really did fall for a PR stunt like that, his reasoning for there being no signings in place by July isn't really good enough for a club of the Magpies' stature.
For McClaren only need look south to West Ham United, whose capture of Dimitry Payet proves his comments very wrong. You don't need too long to identify the 'right' players if your club is pulling together in the right direction.
Payet was signed by West Ham just days after Slaven Bilic was appointed. Newcastle, meanwhile, finished lower than the Hammers last season and only appointed McClaren a day after the Croat was put in place.
In short, it may not be the 54-year-old's fault that his club are yet to sign anyone - but his excuses are lame at best. Newcastle simply haven't been doing enough in the transfer market and that is inexcusable. West Ham, by contrast, have. And their signings so far - capped off by the Payet capture - show just what a club can have done by now with a little bit of cohesion and effort.