Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren claims he has still not discussed potential signings in the January transfer window with the club’s board.
McClaren is adamant he has been concentrating purely on the business of attempting to halt an alarming slump, which paid dividends in style on Sunday as the Magpies beat Liverpool 2-0.
They remain inside the relegation zone as they prepare for this weekend’s trip to in-form Tottenham and the busy Christmas programme, and while there is little doubt they will need to dip into the winter market – something they have been reluctant to do for much of owner Mike Ashley’s reign to date – the former England boss is refusing to be distracted by that side of things.
Asked if he had sat down with the board to discuss January yet, McClaren said: “You know what? We haven’t, absolutely not.
“Things are going on in the background and we have touched upon things, but our sole focus for the last four to six weeks has been about results, one game at a time.
“We have got four before January, so we are looking forward to those four and getting results and we’ll see where we are then.”
However, asked further when he expected to have those conversations, he added with a smile: “Privately, all the time; publicly, never.”
McClaren wants repeat of Liverpool performance
McClaren has at least been able to reflect this week on a much more positive performance and result against Liverpool, which kept the club in touch with the clubs hovering just above the drop zone.
The 54-year-old admitted after the game that some of his players had “crawled” off the pitch, such was the amount of energy they had expended, although he knows they will have to do that every week if they are to avoid the drop and achieve what they believe they can this season.
“One result never gets you that,” McClaren said. “You need a run and a run is longer than two games, so we are quite a way from that.
“We thought we’d got close to it before the international break, but two bad games… It was a good performance, a good result, but we need to follow that up at White Hart Lane.
“We need to perform well, that’s key thing. Never mind thinking about the result, we need to put a performance in at White Hart Lane to stand a chance of getting anything there.”