One of the things we like about Steve McClaren is that he is trying to get everybody associated with Newcastle pulling in the same direction and certainly at the games – getting the fans to support the lads no matter what happens.
Now it has hardly been easy to do that over the last year – since – let’s be honest – our results have been hopeless and that’s one reason we are 3rd bottom of the league.
But we’ve been so impressed with the fans who support the team both at home and away and they have kept right behind the team.
These are the great fans of Newcastle United Football Club
That kind of support means point on the board over a long season and of course right now the next few games are so crucial when we look to be playing well and Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet – and maybe some other players soon – can make a huge difference to the side.
It’s great if we all pull in the same direction for Newcastle and who knows we may even be out of the relegation zone sooner rather than later.
That would be good and eases the pressure on those frayed nerves – that’s for sure.
Here is what Steve McClaren sent out tonight to the fans via email – basically thanking them for their support and asking that they keep it up.
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over a busy period of games recently.
In the last two home matches, your support has been enormous for the players and the atmosphere you’ve generated at St. James’ Park has been absolutely electric.
On Saturday, we started well and despite moments of pressure in the second half, you stayed right behind the team.
To have the disappointment we had at Arsenal and Watford, the players fought hard to bounce back against Manchester United midweek and we made a terrific start at the weekend against West Ham.
Considering it was the third game in a week and we more or less named the same team, I’ve got to admire the players for the character and attitude they showed.
It was a tough period. The goal against Manchester United at the end, the way you responded and the atmosphere you created, it was quite an emotional point. To recover quickly and go again as they did on Saturday proves that the squad is getting better and progressing.
In many respects, we’ve been playing very well and not getting the rewards for it. It takes a lot of mental strength to keep doing that, so I’m delighted we got what we deserved in the end.
Now, we have to keep our momentum and that starts with recovery this week and the right preparation for Watford.
Maintaining our fight and spirit is also vital. That’s the minimum we expect, the minimum you expect and the minimum the players should expect of themselves.
We coped very well at Vicarage Road last time out and while we didn’t deserve to lose, we know it will be tough on Saturday. We start every game from zero and we know if we’re not right attitude-wise and we don’t put the work in, Watford can hurt us.
I was delighted to hear that we have another sold-out away end for the game on Saturday and I’d like to wish everyone who is travelling a safe and pleasant journey.
Home and away, your support continues to be hugely important to the team and we’ll be working hard to give you the performance and result your support deserves.
Howay The Lads!!