Steve McClaren claims he "hasn't got a clue" what his bonus would be for winning a cup with Newcastle United - and insists that he is only "incentivised" by the prospect of lifting a trophy with the club. The Magpies face Northampton Town at St James' Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) in the Capital One Cup Second Round in their first knockout match of the season. Although Newcastle have failed to win any of their opening three Barclays Premier League fixtures, McClaren insists that the club can end their 47-year wait for a trophy (as it will be come 2016) this season. McClaren even lifted the League Cup as Middlesbrough boss back in 2004, and he is aiming to replicate that feat with Newcastle in 2016. Speaking to BT Sport, McClaren said while smirking:
"I haven't got a clue what my bonus is (for winning a trophy)! "You should be heavily incentivised to win a cup, I think it is important. Whether this club had a policy that it was not bothered or it is, it is still important. "It is still a football match and I hate losing."
What's more, McClaren believes the fact he claimed silverware so early on in his managerial career helped him going forward, and allowed him to then lift the Eredivisie title with FC Twente. He added:
"There are various hurdles in your career, whatever you do. To win that (first) trophy was huge. "From going from a No 2 to a No 1, questions are always asked of you. Winning something just gives you that experience. You know then what it takes to win a cup. "That is why the experience of winning a league was also important. I know now what it takes to win a league."
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