Steve McClaren has been given a vote of confidence by his immediate predecessor, John Carver.

The former Head Coach and Alan Pardew assistant says that it gets tricky when you are looking for your first win and the pressure mounts, John Carver talking from painful experience.

Carver says that both players and coaching staff need time and people/fans have to be patient…

Repeating a comment he made recently, he reiterates that Steve McClaren has to get to know his players and that it takes time.

John Carver talks about there being ‘a good group of players in there’, well after near relegation in two of the lats  three seasons, plus a dramatic second half collapse in the other after Yohan Cabaye was sold, the evidence of Carver’s claims are a bit scarce.

With seven matches gone without a win and Manchester City on Saturday, Steve McClaren had better be putting in overtime when it comes to getting to know his players…

John Carver talking to Sky Sports:

“You have to spend the money wisely and it might take time for these guys to bed in.

“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.”

Tough when you’re looking for first win…:

“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.

“But there is a good group of players in there and after the performance against Chelsea (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, which is 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.”