Mike Williamson has told ITV that he learnt a lot from Steve McClaren during his time at Newcastle United.
Williamson left Newcastle to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the January transfer window, but he has backed the manager who let him leave St. James’ Park to be a success.
The rangy centre back insists that McClaren is moving Newcastle forward, and he believes his former club will get out of trouble.
"Steve McClaren is a good guy, I learnt a lot from him," Williamson insisted. "He creates an optimistic environment and they deserve to be higher.
"I hope the players they've brought in have added a boost and they can turn it into points. They will be fine, they have more than enough."
As things stand, Newcastle are in 18th place in the Premier League table, and the pressure is rising on McClaren.
The Magpies spent more money than any other Premier League club in January, yet they didn’t show any signs of progression in their latest outing against Everton.
Newcastle were beaten 3-0 by the Toffees at Goodison Park yesterday, in what was a highly damaging defeat for the Tynesiders.
McClaren’s side are now two points adrift of safety, and only a win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend will help ease the pressure on the former England manager.