Steve McClaren highlights big question he will ask Newcastle squad this week

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren wants to see Newcastle turn the corner.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that he is asking his squad whether they have turned the corner this week.

The Magpies recorded a potentially season-changing 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, as a Martin Skrtel own goal and a Georginio Wijnaldum strike handed Newcastle a huge win.

Now edging closer to getting out of the relegation zone, Newcastle need to build on that win, but face a very tough task this weekend as they travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham.

Spurs are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games, with some believing that they could have an outside chance of winning the title this season, meaning Newcastle manager McClaren faces something of a daunting task this weekend.

McClaren, who has come under pressure already this season, has spoken ahead of that game against Tottenham, and wants his side to kick on from the win over Liverpool.

Speaking to The Chronicle, McClaren was asked whether he thinks Newcastle have now turned the corner after beating Liverpool, and he stated that he is asking his squad this week whether that is the case.

McClaren acknowledged how difficult the Tottenham game will be, but urged his side to keep moving forward and not to take steps back this weekend.

"That’s the big question we will ask this week ahead of Tottenham," said McClaren. "It’s a tough away game. But this is what we are capable of doing. We have had two or three false starts where you think we have turned the corner and think: ‘We’re up and running now’. I’ve said before we will take steps back, which we have done - big ones. Liverpool was a big one forward, let’s keep going now," he added.

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