The Magpies head into Tuesday night's home clash with Manchester United sitting in 18th place in the Barclays Premier League table and having slipped to 1-0 defeats in each of their last four games in all competitions.
It has been glaringly obvious for some time that there are not enough goals in head coach McClaren's team with £14.5million summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic having found the going tough after being thrust into the limelight by the club's failure to land an experienced and proven frontman during the summer and the injuries which have sidelined Papiss Cisse for much of the campaign and Emmanuel Riviere for all of it to date.
However, now that Bordeaux's Senegal international midfielder Henri Saivet has joined up, McClaren - who is also a member of the club's board - is hopeful that those shortcomings will be and are being addressed.
He said: "It's good because I know what is going on. Sometimes you don't, so we are all involved in the process and we hope that will get the job done.
"If we were not doing everything to rectify it, I would be worried. If people weren't backing us or trying, I would be worried."