Steve McClaren has sent his latest email out to Newcastle fans, 48 hours before the clash with Watford.

Whatever the identity of whoever writes Steve McClaren’s emails, let’s hope we ‘keep our momentum’ going into Saturday’s game…

Interesting that there is no mention of still being in the relegation zone going into this match at Vicarage Road, the team message is most definitely one of positivity.

The main theme of this email is to do with thanking the fans for their support and the players showing character.

Surprising also that there is no mention of the impact Jonjo Shelvey had against West Ham but probably the intention is to try and create an ‘all in this together’ message, between management, supporters and the squad.

The Steve McClaren email to Newcastle fans


‘Your support has been enormous’


I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over a busy period of games recently.

In the last two home matches, your support has been enormous for the players and the atmosphere you’ve generated at St. James’ Park has been absolutely electric.

On Saturday, we started well and despite moments of pressure in the second half, you stayed right behind the team.

To have the disappointment we had at Arsenal and Watford, the players fought hard to bounce back against Manchester United midweek and we made a terrific start at the weekend against West Ham.

Considering it was the third game in a week and we more or less named the same team, I’ve got to admire the players for the character and attitude they showed.

It was a tough period. The goal against Manchester United at the end, the way you responded and the atmosphere you created, it was quite an emotional point. To recover quickly and go again as they did on Saturday proves that the squad is getting better and progressing.

In many respects, we’ve been playing very well and not getting the rewards for it.  It takes a lot of mental strength to keep doing that so I’m delighted we got what we deserved in the end.

Now, we have to keep our momentum and that starts with recovery this week and the right preparation for Watford.

Maintaining our fight and spirit is also vital. That’s the minimum we expect, the minimum you expect and the minimum the players should expect of themselves.

We coped very well at Vicarage Road last time out and while we didn’t deserve to lose, we know it will be tough on Saturday. We start every game from zero and we know if we’re not right attitude-wise and we don’t put the work in, Watford can hurt us.

I was delighted to hear that we have another sold out away end for the game on Saturday and I’d like to wish everyone who is travelling a safe and pleasant journey.

Home and away, your support continues to be hugely important to the team and we’ll be working hard to give you the performance and result your support deserves.

Steve McClaren