Steve McClaren has warned there will be no gain without pain at Newcastle United as he looks to rebuild the club.
McClaren’s winless side were left propping up the Premier League table after Monday night’s defeat to West Ham United.
Don’t think it is going to be rosy all the way.Steve McClaren
The club’s head coach – who likened the setback at Upton Park to a “car crash” – admits he and his players are on a steep learning curve at St James’s Park.
And McClaren feels more pain is inevitable as he attempts to implement a new philosophy and the club’s summer signings adjust to the demands of English football.
Asked if there would be more pain to come, McClaren said: “Absolutely.
“Don’t think it is going to be rosy all the way. We didn’t expect that.”
Newcastle narrowly avoided relegation last season, and McClaren – whose side take on Watford at St James’s Park this afternoon – says he didn’t expect to change things overnight.
“We don’t want to talk about last season,” said McClaren.
“But we have to learn about the team. The new signings have to come in and learn about the Premier League, and it has been sometimes two steps forward, one back, one forward, two back, in the first five games.
“We expected this. It is painful.”
McClaren was furious at the reaction of his team to Dimitri Payet’s second goal, scored early in the second half, at Upton Park.
“The biggest thing that disappointed me on Monday was the reaction to the second goal,” he said.
“The previous four games we fought like cat and dog for 95 minutes. After the second goal, for 20 or 25 minutes, there wasn’t the reaction we wanted or expected.”