Former Newcastle manager John Carver offers his backing to under-fire Steve McClaren

John Carver
Image: Former Newcastle manager John Carver has offered his backing to current incumbent Steve McClaren

Former Newcastle manager John Carver believes current boss Steve McClaren is the man to take the club forward, despite their poor start to the season.

The Magpies spent £50m over the summer, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba all joining the club in big-money deals.

Steve McLaren was very pleased with Newcastle's performance against Chelsea even though the result wasn't what they wanted.

McClaren is still searching for his first league win of the campaign, with Newcastle just one place and one point above rivals and bottom club Sunderland.

But Carver, who managed the club before McClaren took over in the summer, believes they are improving, with the new players just needing time to bed in.

"You have to spend the money wisely and it might take time for these guys to bed in," Carver told Sky Sports News HQ at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day.

"Steve is coming into a football club and he needs to get to know his players. It does take time to get to know everyone's personality, how they play and what their best position is.

Patrick Davidson is joined by Alan Smith in the tunnel at St James Park to reflect on Newcastle’s draw with Chelsea.

"I know he is searching for his first win in the Premier League and the longer that goes the more the pressure mounts... as I know.

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"But there is a good group of players in there and after the performance against Chelsea [a 2-2 draw], certainly in the first half at the weekend, that was an encouraging sign but they need to take it onto the next game... another tough game at Manchester City.

"So it will take time and people will have to be patient with the guys. Give them the opportunity and see what happens."

Alan Shearer:
Image: Alan Shearer believes Newcastle are showing signs of improvement

Former Newcastle striker and manager Alan Shearer also believes there are signs for encouragement.

"It's been a hard thing to take as probably their two best performances this season have been against Manchester United and Chelsea," he said.

"Their worst performances were against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday which it doesn't take a genius to work out.

"So I am hoping that after that game last weekend, which the players can take confidence from, they can move forward and win a game now."  

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