Steve McClaren has urged Newcastle fans to show some “blind faith” after vowing to ease them out of their dreadful start to the season.
The former England boss has presided over seven games at the helm to date and is yet to taste victory in the six of those which have taken place in the Premier League and left his side off the bottom of the table only by virtue of goal difference.
McClaren’s only win came in the Capital One Cup second round against League Two Northampton, and as he prepares for the third round clash with Sky Bet Championship Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening, the Newcastle boss is hoping disgruntled fans can remain patient.
He said: “The fans have been fantastic. Again, it is that kind of thing as a supporter with what’s happened, blind faith is needed, a bit of blind faith and belief that we will eventually get it right, turn it around and win some games.
“We need that from the club as a whole.”
The Magpies’ less than impressive start to life under McClaren has prompted scathing responses from some pundits, among them Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and former Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer.
However, while keeping his own counsel on their views, the 54-year-old is confident things will turn sooner rather than later.
He said: “As usual, some have come up with interesting comments. Some are valid, some are not.
“I respect the people who are criticising, but we know what is going on, we don’t need to be told. We know.
“We know what we have to do and we know the solutions.”
McClaren will make changes, although some of them will be enforced with full-back Massadio Haidara and midfielder Jack Colback nursing knocks and striker Papiss Cisse already ruled out with a back problem.
In addition, McClaren revealed that central defender Steven Taylor, who might have been in line to start against the Owls, will be sidelined for two months after undergoing surgery to address a hamstring issue.
He said: “Taylor had a scan on his hamstring, the tendon. He had an issue, he’s had a small operation to knit the tendon together, so it’s a blow because he’ll be out for a couple of months.”