Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has called for fans of the club to show “blind faith” in his side after their dismal start to the season.
The Magpies only avoided relegation to the Championship on the final day of 2014/15 and currently find themselves in 19th position after six games of the current campaign – Sunderland’s inferior goal difference is all that’s keeping them from the foot of the division – with 0 wins to their name.
This poor form comes in spite of serious spending from the North East club, with big fees paid for the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Florian Thauvin, as owner Mike Ashley reacted to growing fan dissent.
Naturally large sections of supporters at St James’ Park are growing anxious, but McClaren has urged fans to be patient:
“As a supporter, with what happened last season, and then the expectation of this, it is a little bit of blind faith that is needed, that is required,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“A bit of blind faith and belief that eventually we will get it right, turn it around, and start performing and winning games. Yes, we will eventually do that.
“We don’t need to be told, we know what is going on. We know what we have to do, we know the solutions, we just have to go out there and do it.”
Newcastle slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Watford on Saturday.