Newcastle keeper Tim Krul has said that change was needed at St James Park, with a fresh approach needed from the manager/head coach.

The Dutch international says that Steve McClaren has come in and changed things for the better, with Krul also impressed by the quality of the new signings.

Also encouraging is that after a very decent opening match against Southampton, McClaren told the players in the dressing room that he feels they are only 60% along the way to how good this team can be, once they have had the chance to work together properly.

Sadly, things had become so poisonous with Alan Pardew and then John Carver when he stepping into the spotlight, many fans were simply happy for anybody to come in and replace them.

Newcastle took their time on making an appointment but Steve McClaren does appear to have made decent inroads in terms of how he laid his team out on Sunday, as well as what he’s had to say off the pitch.

A results business though as always, it is Swansea on Saturday and let’s hope McClaren and his players find a decent portion of that missing 40% in the coming days.

Steve McClaren:

“I think it needed freshening and the gaffer (Steve McClaren) definitely came in and changed a few things.

“We showed a few patches of it (v Southampton) and the manager walked in and said to us that he thinks we can add another 40% to what we showed.”

Strength from the bench:

 “We had some great chances but I think they did as well, a good game to start us off as there were a lot of positives – I think they were happy and we should be as well.

“We have got some real quality on and off the pitch, with those who came off the bench as well – important to have that to give a little boost as a few of the boys were a bit tired after 70 or 80 minutes.”

A great debut:

“Mbemba is a top player, he and Colo read the game really well and he had a great debut and I said to him in the changing room we have to build up that relationship.

“He is a top player, you can see that – confident on the ball and I think he will be a real asset for us.”