Stuart Pearce on moment Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren gave the best team talk he'd ever seen

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The former England international has backed McClaren the turn things around this season.

Stuart Pearce has backed Steve McClaren to turn things around at Newcastle United and revealed the moment he became aware of the managerial qualities of the Magpies boss.

McClaren enjoyed a fruitful spell in Holland with FC Twente between 2008 and 2010, and led them to the first Eredivisie title in their history.

Pearce was on the ‘Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show’ on talkSPORT today (aired at 08:00) when he recounted the time he visited Holland to see McClaren in action.

“I went over for five days when he was managing FC Twente,” said Pearce. “I watched two games, one Champions League game and one top of the table clash with Ajax.

“I asked to sit in for his team meeting before leaving for the Ajax game and it was probably one of the best and most concise team meetings for explaining what’s going to be expected of Twente collectively, what’s going to be expected of the opposition and individually.

“I’ve come out of there and thought ‘well that was probably the best 20 minute team talk I’ve ever seen’.”

Pearce’s ringing endorsement comes at a time when the pressure is mounting for Newcastle to start producing results and Pearce admitted the start has been a struggle.

“I felt Steve would do a good job at Newcastle – and I still think he will – but the start they’ve had has been very disappointing.”

The Magpies sit bottom of the league, with three draws and five defeats from their first eight games, and will be eyeing their first three points of the season against Norwich on Sunday.

McClaren’s men have shown signs of potential in the recent clashes with Chelsea and Manchester City, but have yet to put together a convincing 90 minutes, and that will have to change sooner rather than later if they hope to turn their flagging season around.

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