Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has been quoted by the Chronicle explaining that he feels it’s premature for people to start judging his team already.
McClaren is still searching for his first Premier League win in charge of the team after a draw on the opening day of the season against Southampton, was followed by defeat at Swansea last weekend.
It’s a start which has hinted at the sort of inconsistency that Magpies fans have already grown used to, but McClaren is hopeful his side can start moving in the right direction.
“Every game is tough. Like I said at the beginning of the season, I don’t think you can judge us until we are 12 games in,” McClaren is quoted by the Chronicle.
“It is good that we again get to be in the first game that plays and, hopefully, set the benchmark for the weekend.”
Things should improve and settle down
It was always going to be a difficult start to the season for Newcastle for two main reasons.
Firstly, there is a real pressure hanging over the club based on their campaign last season, which nearly saw them relegated from the division.
It’s natural for a new manager coming in after that season, to be very careful over how he sets up his side but McClaren should slowly start encouraging a more expansive brand of football.
Secondly, the new signings the club have made are still getting to know their new teammates and as relationships improve, the quality of football Newcastle play should also get better.