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McClaren Asks For ‘Blind Faith’

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is confident of turning things around after a horrible start to the season.

Newcastle sits second from the bottom in the Premier League table with two points and is still looking for the first win of the season. McClaren was clear about what is needed to turn things around at St. James’ Park.

“Blind faith is needed,” McClaren told The Daily Mirror. “A bit of blind faith and belief that we will eventually get it right, turn it around, and win some games. We need that from the club as a whole.

“It is always a test coming into any club. You always have, at some stage, testing times. It has come early and is not unexpected.

“It is par for the course. It is football. We have the patience and calm to deal with it. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes.

“The big thing we are trying to turn around is a club last season that had to win the last game to stay up. There is bound to be baggage.

“Our first four league games they showed fantastic spirit. Last two games, we have conceded goals and not come back from that and the reaction has not been right.

“That is belief, a bit of “Here we go again.” We have talked about it and addressed it. We have to put up a reaction.

“We put up the last game of the season and the fight showed as the benchmark for what is needed. We have to keep the spirit and belief going.

“We concentrate on performance and fight, and results will follow.

“If you are not winning you are not confident. They are all tough and we knew it would be. We have enough experience to do that.”

Newcastle takes on second-tier side Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before hosting reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday in the league.

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