The Magpies host Leicester at St. James' Park this weekend, pitting two teams with opposing fortunes against each other in a vital match.
Newcastle have struggled for results this season having picked up just two wins from the opening 12 games of the campaign, whilst Leicester are riding high in third place having racked up seven victories already.
With Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez thriving under new manager Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes have become the surprise package of the Premier League season, and will be looking to keep up their good start to the season when they travel to Tyneside this weekend.
For many struggling clubs, Leicester have become the blueprint for change. The Foxes were fighting relegation last term but have completely reversed their fortunes, giving other clubs hope of a similar change.
That's certainly the case for Magpies boss McClaren, who has told The Chronicle that his squad simply have to look at Leicester for proof of how they can go on a run of results, and urged his squad to copy this weekend's opponents as Newcastle look to get away from the relegation zone.
"It’s not like Leicester coming here last year, then they were in the bottom three," said McClaren. "Leicester have been the surprise team of the season so far. It’s been a big turnaround and how it can happen. That’s in just one year. You can go from being in the bottom three to the top three."
"Leicester are a team we can look at and say: ‘Look what can be done’. You see what can be done in a year. It’s purely through good management and the spirit of the players," he added.