Inside St James Park, the staff and players believe that they have the full support of the fans and that the supporters are ‘relaxed’ about where Newcastle are at the minute, despite no Premier League wins and second bottom of the table.

Asked at his pre-West Ham press conference, Steve McClaren says that inside the club they ‘hear and feel’ that the fans are not overly worried about the results so far.

McClaren believing that the fans are ‘onboard’ because of the spirit shown by the team against the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Head Coach says that it is going to be a slow process but they are establishing a new shape at Newcastle United and it won’t happen overnight.

McClaren saying that it is about ‘establishing a platform’ and that he has ‘seen enough evidence’ that this has being created in the four matches so far.

He also thinks it is a two-way street and that as well as the fans responding to the efforts of the team, the players are also taking onboard the spirit generated by the supporters.

Steve McClaren asked by a journalist on Friday at his press conference:

Would you agree there is a relaxed attitude amongst fans despite the results?

“We hear it and we feel it, within the club.

“We feel we are establishing and it is going to be slow but we’re establishing what we want to be about and we’re establishing a platform. We have seen enough evidence of that in all of our games.”

What the public have taken onboard:

“We have played two games with 10 men and you are not going to create a lot and score a lot of goals against that quality of team.

“We have defended well and shown great spirit, I think that is probably what the public have taken onboard and the players have taken onboard that kind of spirit they (the fans) have created – definitely the Arsenal game.”