Kevin Nolan says that he has faith in Steve McClaren’s ability to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Whilst it must be ‘reassuring’ for the United Head Coach to get the former Newcastle midfielder’s backing, an ambition of only avoiding relegation wasn’t on Mike Ashley’s mind when he sanctioned over £50m spending this summer.

It is a bit of a backhanded compliment because I don’t think many fans expected less than a comfortable mid-table position.

With Newcastle rock bottom after a poor result and performance at West Ham and no wins in five Premier League games, Kevin Nolan says that he doesn’t think McClaren imagined this is where he would currently be.

Nolan obviously has a lot of time for Newcastle and thinks that the new United boss wants to style the team as he wants it to look, but it is taking longer than he expected…

Kevin Nolan speaking to Sky Sports:

“It’s not the best start for Newcastle, who are now stuck at the bottom of the table.

“I don’t think Steve McClaren envisaged that.

“I guess he wants to put his mark on the team but it is taking more time than he probably expected.

“Newcastle United is a great football club and I have faith he will keep them in the Premier League.”