Why Newcastle’s club culture interests Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has been getting to know the club culture since arriving in Newcastle.

But the 54-year-old hasn’t been nightclubbing.

What we have to do is grow, although it will be slow for various reasons. There is a transition here, it’s trying to change the culture and environment in the club and the town.

Steve McClaren

Instead, Newcastle United’s head coach has been attempting to foster positivity inside and outside St James’s Park since taking over at the club.

And McClaren, speaking ahead of Monday night’s game against West Ham United at Upton Park, is grateful for the patience shown by supporters after a winless start to the Premier League season.

United’s players were applauded off the field after losing 1-0 at home to Arsenal before the international break.

“There are not many teams will get the reception that we did after the Arsenal game after losing at home,” said McClaren.

“What we have to keep showing is that spirit, togetherness and fight. We haven’t shown a lot else in terms of football because of the circumstance of being down to 10 men in two games.

“Maybe we’ve been overly-enthusiastic in showing that, but I think we had to do that.

“We have talked a lot about patience, because we have looked at the fixture list and it was hard.

“What we have to do is grow, although it will be slow for various reasons. There is a transition here, it’s trying to change the culture and environment in the club and the town.

“I’m oblivious to some of the things that went on, so I’m a little bit naive to that coming in.

“There’s a lot of suspicion around everything. We’re trying to dispel that suspicion.”