Steve McClaren: Beating Chelsea can transform our season
Under-pressure Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is confident a single win would turn around a season which is threatening to spiral out of control.
The 54-year-old saw his fledgling reign at St James' Park suffer another blow on Wednesday when Championship side Sheffield Wednesday dumped the Magpies out of the League Cup.
McClaren insisted from day one that his plan for success on Tyneside would take time to implement, but fans battered into submission by years of under-achievement and perhaps worse, a perceived lack of ambition, are rapidly losing patience with a project which looks increasingly flawed.
With resurgent Chelsea heading for St James' tomorrow ahead of a trip to current Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, the chorus of disapproval could yet grow in volume, although McClaren is adamant that victory over Jose Mourinho's men would dramatically change the febrile atmosphere threatening to engulf the club.
He said: "Do we fear it? Do we say we don't want to play in that? We have got to. We have got to get people ready for Saturday, ready to fight, and one result turns it around.
"You have got to say and you have got to believe, which I do, that could be Saturday."