Steve McClaren compares managing Newcastle to a car crash

Steve McClaren

The process of turning the club round is a considerable one according to the Tyneside boss.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has compared the process of turning the club’s fortunes around to a car crash, with the chief stating that ‘there is more pain to come’ for the supporters, according to The Daily Mail.

The Tyneside club had a disastrous second half to last season and avoided relegation by fine margins, with John Carver replaced by McClaren over the summer.

The team have started relatively slowly this season also, with problems finding goals and no wins on the board after their first five Premier League games.

McClaren has stated that the process of getting the team back on track is not an easy one and that there will be more steps back before progress can be made.

“In the process of a new team and new players in the Premier League, in the process of trying to change things around in a football club, it’s a little bit like a car crash,” The Daily Mail quote McClaren as saying.

“You know it’s going to happen and you can’t do anything about it. You just wait for it to happen.

“And there is more pain to come, absolutely. Don’t think it is going to be rosy all the way. We didn’t expect that.

“We have to learn about the team, the new signings have to come in and learn about the Premier League and it has been two steps forward, one back, one forward, two back. We expected this. It is painful.”

Newcastle started their new campaign with a 2-2 draw against Southampton, but have not scored in the Premier League since and were beaten 2-0 by West Ham in their last game.

Ahead of a clash with Watford at St James’ Park this weekend, Newcastle fans will be full of expectation and hope that their first victory is in the offing.

The signings of Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin and Georginio Wijnaldum are reasons for optimism but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s addition has been surrounded in controversy so far.

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