Steve McClaren has faith in Newcastle United

Steve McClaren and Steve Black
Steve McClaren and Steve Black
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Steve McClaren is refusing to think about January’s transfer window – as he must first make it to the New Year.

Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League, and a squad which had £50million spent on it in the summer urgently needs further strengthening.

But the head coach is refusing to “look to”, or talk about, the next transfer window.

“We can’t look to January,” said McClaren.

“It’s Liverpool next, then Spurs, then after that, then after that.

“We can’t think about January because we’ve got games, and we have to get to work and start winning games.

“We’re in a relegation battle, and we have to make sure that however many teams are battling away in that with us, we’re the ones at the top of that pile.”

Newcastle’s lifeless and lethargic team were poor at Palace after James McArthur levelled Papiss Cisse’s early opener.

“It’s not rocket science – everyone can see that’s what’s happening,” said McClaren. “We get a setback, and we don’t react to it well enough.

“That’s what we need to turn around, and that has to come from the players and their own individual motivation.

“The players have to do it for each other. Sometimes, it’s not about me, it’s about doing it for each other.

“I’ve been amongst dressing rooms that are not together, and it’s about peer pressure.

“It’s about pride, working for each other, and not letting down the player that’s next to you. “

At the present moment, we’ve not got enough of that.

“I’ve still got faith in them. It makes it harder when you go through something like this, but you just hope that every bad game and bad result will make them stronger in the end.

“There’s 14 games gone and 24 to go – the players have to learn quick.”