Steve McClaren admits Aleksandar Mitrovic needs to ‘look at’ his temperament but says he will be given the club’s full support with renowned sports psychologist Steve Black among the backroom staff.
The 20-year-old striker will serve a three-match ban after the international break after his straight red in the defeat to Arsenal.
We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.
McClaren, who said the ban won’t change his transfer plans, doesn’t want to lose the edge from his players. But he has warned them to keep their cool on the pitch.
McClaren – who thought the red was harsh – brought in Black this summer and when asked if he could help Mitrovic, the head coach said all the staff would rally round him.
He added: “We’ve got good staff here and we’ll deal with it. The players will also. It’s something he (Mitrovic) has to look at.
“We talked also with Daryl Janmaat about it (after his red at Swansea City), and we’ll talk with the group about it.
“It’s going out there with fire in your belly and ice in your head, that’s what we want. We don’t want to lose that fire.
“If we do, the crowd will be down to 20,000. That’s what they want to see and they’ve seen it (on Saturday).
“We’ve just got to get that ice in their head in certain situations and be a bit more sensible instead.
“I just thought it was harsh, even the yellows,” added McClaren.
The Newcastle boss said Mitrovic was in a ‘daze’ after the game and hadn’t tried to speak with him directly after the match.
Mitrovic’s red was the club’s second of the season after just four games and leaves McClaren short on striking options. In the immediate aftermath McClaren said the club would look to appeal the decision.
But the chances of the FA overturning the red are highly unlikely, given Mitrovic’s foot was high on Francis Coquelin’s shin before getting his marching orders.