The Dutch international has been speaking about his manager at Newcastle United.
Newcastle are currently 19th in the table after losing 5-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday and the pressure is increasing on the man who only took charge in the summer.
Newcastle’s next two games are against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur so things are not getting easier anytime soon, but Janmaat has jumped to the defence of his boss in what is a tough time for the club and their players.
“For him (McClaren) it is hard as well,” Janmaat told Sky Sports. “He came in the summer with a lot of ambitions.
“We bought some new players in and we all expected more from the start of the season. It’s disappointing and I understand it but there are still 24 games to go.”
That may be the case but Newcastle have shown little to suggest they will not remain in a relegation battle for some time to come.
After all, just when they looked like they had turned a corner with a 6-2 victory against Norwich City back in October they then crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Sunderland.
Similarly a hard-fought win against Bournemouth was followed by a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City and now the hammering against Palace.