Steve McClaren remains upbeat at Newcastle – despite York defeat

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren isn’t concerned about Newcastle United’s pre-season results – as he feels the performances are improving.

McClaren’s side were beaten 2-1 by York City at Bootham Crescent tonight.

The club’s head coach fielded a weakened team against the League Two club, though £13million signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, signed when the club was on tour in the USA, made his debut.

Asked about United’s pre-season, McClaren said: “It’s difficult to say because it’s been a short pre-season.

“There have been 11 days in the States and a lot of travelling. We are still trying to catch our legs and get the jet-lag out of us.

“We are more or less there. Saturday is an important game.

McClaren – whose side wrap up their pre-season campaign with a home game against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday – feels the work that’s been done on the training pitch is starting to show in games.

He said: “Every team is the same, they are wondering ‘are we ready?’

“I am looking at performances not results and we have had minutes on the pitch – maybe not enough work, we seem to have lost a week – but I am pleased with the workouts with Sheffield United and York then Gladback on Saturday, which will be even harder.”