Steve McClaren: Newcastle United's patience attracted me

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has not made a good start to life at St. James' Park.

Steve McClaren has told the Daily Mail that Newcastle United's loyalty with his predecessors was part of the reason why he was attracted to the club.

McClaren saw the way that Newcastle had treated John Carver and Alan Pardew previously, and felt that Mike Ashley's patient approach was one he would enjoy working under.

"One of the reasons I came here is because the club have shown loyalty to previous managers," he explained. 

"We realise that the next window is going to be very important. We’ve got to make sure we do the right things and go through the right process. That’s what you call loyalty. You don’t have loyalty if people are thinking, 'This ain’t going to get any better'.

"They knew that John Carver, with what happened last season, was doing the best he could. The same with Alan Pardew.

"I have the belief that it is the same with me, as long as we continue making progress, which I believe we are and they believe we are, then we keep going." 

The former England boss has already benefitted from having time on his side, as he is starting to come under pressure following a poor start.

Many managers would have been sacked for failing to win any of their first eight matches, but there have been no reports that McClaren will lose his job.

Instead, it is suggested by the Chronicle that Newcastle will back him with more funds to improve the quality within his ranks during the January transfer window. 

The Magpies have realised that McClaren's options at St. James' Park aren't particularly great, and the lack of top talent at his disposal has been exposed at times.

Newcastle are currently bottom of the Premier League table, and they face a meeting with Norwich City on Sunday needing a win to kick-start their campaign. 

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