Steve McClaren says that Newcastle need to be better in 2016 than 2015. He’s bloody right.
McClaren is targeting a significant improvement in 2016 after admitting 2015 has simply not been good enough.
The Magpies head into their Boxing Day clash with Everton sitting in 17th place in the Barclays Premier League table and having won just eight games in all competitions during the calendar year to date.
That comes nowhere near matching the club’s relatively modest ambitions, let alone those of the fans, and McClaren is well aware things have to improve significantly if he is to make a success of his reign with the club having collected just 30 points from their last 36 league fixtures.
“That hasn’t been good enough. We’re working and working and seeing the progress. More consistency needs to be there and we need a damn better second half then we did the first.
“We need a better 2016 than 2015, when there wasn’t a lot to cheer about all the way through.”
“You always have to make targets. We’re not even halfway through yet. Let’s see where we finish.
“We had a new manager coming in and new players as well. There was also the aftermath of what happened last season. It was very much an unknown.
“We said look at it after 10 to 12 games, but then someone said it’s usually the first 19 and we have two of them to go.
“We are where we are, but we want to have a better second half to the season than we did the first.”