Steve McClaren says there’s “no panic” at Newcastle United – despite his team’s dire form.
McClaren’s side were beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
If there were seven or eight games to go, and we were still down there, then people would be panicking, but that’s where experience tells.
The result left the club second-bottom in the Premier League – and two points adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland.
There were calls for McClaren to be sacked after the match.
And the summer appointee is now the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
But the club’s head coach – who ordered his players into training yesterday – is refusing to panic ahead of Sunday’s home game against Liverpool, despite admitting the club is now embroiled in a “relegation battle”.
“That’s the key thing – there’s no panic,” said McClaren.
“If there were seven or eight games to go, and we were still down there, then people would be panicking, but that’s where experience tells.
“We know we’re doing the right things every day. I know from experience we’re doing the right things on the training ground, and, in time, that will turn around and work
“At the present moment it’s not, and that’s leading to huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.”
McClaren is adamant that, under his guidence off the pitch, the team can come through a period of “adversity” on the field.
“You’ve just got to keep doing the right things,” he said.
“While everyone else around you is losing their heads, you’ve got to keep yours. You have to keep calm and keep a sense of perspective.
“We’ve got a vision of what we want our team to be, and we’ll be working towards that. That happens every day, and it has been happening every day.
“We just have to keep going in and doing the right things, and we know what the right things are.
“We know what we have to put right, and we’ll be trying to do that. We’ll work with this group of players to try to develop fight and character.
“Through the bad times, that’s when your character comes out.
“I’m hoping we learn and adapt quickly, and that through adversity and the disappointments we’ve had, we know that when this happens, we can come through it.
“But that takes a lot more than what we’re doing at the present moment.”