The Newcastle United boss can help remove the stain of the former manager's reign from the club's reputation.
Indeed, Magpies fans held up a banner last term asking not for a side that necessarily wins but one that simply tries.
And McClaren has given supporters some reassurance towards that end.
He told the Chronicle: "We all want that. I couldn’t write a better banner myself!
"We do want to win and to win you have to try, try harder than the opponents. That has to be reflected in the performance. Everything is about team, performance and players. Then you will get the fans behind us."
The perfect antidote to Carver?
John Carver's reign on Tyneside was an absolute stain on Newcastle's reputation as a club. Regardless of how Mike Ashley is viewed - and regardless of however good Carver supposedly may be as a member of the backroom staff - the hugely inept boss almost relegated the Magpies from a comfortably safe position.
Of course, there were similarly bland performances from the Newcastle side under Alan Pardew and McClaren's promise suggests he will be the perfect antidote to both Pardew and Carver.
Talk, however, is cheap. Derby County's capitulation towards the second half of last season was of a similar ilk to Newcastle's so energy towards the end of a league campaign isn't something McClaren can quite yet promise with much evidence. That said, the coach's head was turned by the Tyneside outfit. Hopefully there won't be any such disappointments - or distractions - next season.