Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says side are slowly turning the corner

Steve McClaren

Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone after a crucial win at the weekend against Bournemouth.

Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren has said in the Chronicle that his side are slowly turning the corner and are recovering from the 'hangover' of last season's alarming slump which saw them have to win on the final day of the season to avoid relegation. 

The Magpies have only won two of their opening 12 Premier League games and have managed to climb out of the relegation zone following the weekend's win over Bournemouth - which means they're now two points above the drop.

McClaren is quoted in the Chronicle saying: “I’m always consistent in saying that we can get better, and be better and be more consistent.

“You know we’re making progress and the turnaround is big.

“The first eight games were so, so difficult and you could see the hangover that the team was experiencing.

“And slowly, like a big ship, we’re trying to turn that around. Results like (Bournemouth) will help that.”

There have been signs this season that Newcastle will be ok in terms of their Premier League safety over the course of the 38 games.

Creditable draws against Manchester United and Chelsea - though they will certainly feel they should've won the latter having had a two-goal lead, and wins of the kind they had against Norwich City suggest that they are a tricky team for opponents to face, even if they haven't quite discovered that ruthless edge needed to win games on a regular basis. 

There is a difficult run of games coming up for Newcastle after the international break. They host a Leicester City side who are surprisingly in striking distance of the summit of the league, then face former manager Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace before games against two of the league's big boys in Liverpool and Tottenham.

If Newcastle can get a decent points haul from those games, then it would set them up nicely for the festive period where they could kick on ease any early season fears they have about the drop.

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