Newcastle have started this Premier League season in poor form.
Speaking after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford, McClaren said: “The message is always to start on the front foot especially at home.”
It is a natural philosophy to want to see your team start on the front foot, with early goals at home likely to go a long way to helping secure victory.
If you start at full throttle, and place your domination over the game before the opposition has had a chance to settle down, it is hard to see how they can get back into the game.
However, Newcastle did not start this way against Watford on Saturday, and St James’ Park saw another defeat.
Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were running rings around the Magpies’ back-line, and they should have ended the first half with a better margin of victory than the two goals they had.
Daryl Janmaat did net in the second half to bring the game back to 2-1, but Newcastle never truly looked like winning, although it is the lack of motivation in the players which is the real worry.
If McClaren cannot get his players worked up ahead of home games, there is little hope that the Magpies will be starting in the Premier League past the end of this season, and it will be a very long campaign for watching Newcastle fans.