McClaren rubbishes Newcastle sacking claims

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 4:38

Steve McClaren has dismissed reports that he could be sacked if Newcastle lose on Saturday.

The Magpies face Bournemouth at the weekend, with the Cherries having opened up an eight-point gap on the relegation zone.

Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke leaves them mired in 19th, level on points with Sunderland and Norwich, and six behind Swansea, who are 17th.

The Daily Mail reported that defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday is likely to lead to McClaren’s imminent sacking.

The report, by Craig Hope, claims that a section of Newcastle players have become ‘disillusioned’ with the former England manager, and are surprised that he has not yet been sacked despite the club’s chronic under-performance.

Asked whether his players continue to back him, McClaren replied: “Absolutely. We’ve got the talent and we showed the character on Wednesday.

“I don’t read stories. My only focus is Bournemouth.

“Every game is a must-win game now. We need results. There’s a long way to go.

“In the home games fans have been terrific. We aim to win it tomorrow, it’s about fine margins. There’s a long way to go at the bottom. Results can change momentum.

“It is a results business. I know that. We need to stay in this league.”

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