The Newcastle United boss looks like a man out of answers and ideas - just as he did on day one and during Derby County's collapse last season.
Former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew saw his side thrash the St James' Park outfit by four goals at Selhurst Park.
But what did McClaren have to say for himself afterwards? Not much of any meaning...
The Newcastle head coach is quoted as telling Sky Sports by the BBC: "We are not getting over the disappointments. Don't go down, keep fighting, do your jobs.
"You are going to get adversity, we have lots of experience of losing games. We knew it would be difficult. We have had 13 games, we know where we are. We have 25 games and have this group to work for.
"That us not us, that is not Newcastle United, that is not what we expect, what the fans expect. That is not good enough."
Do McClaren's words mean anything anymore? He admitted this week that he held frank discussions with the Newcastle squad during training, where he broke his own rule that banned the use of swearwords.
But what good did it do?
McClaren came in at St James' Park laughing, smiling and lavishing praise on his underperforming Newcastle stars after every terrible defeat. Suddenly flicking a switch and pretending to be a tough man manager - it simply doesn't work that way.
While Crystal Palace fans will be on cloud nine, then, the Magpies faithful will live in the knowledge that McClaren is expecting far more adversity and offering no real answers...