By Coral Barry
Steve McClaren’s turbulent days as Newcastle manager could be over if the Magpies lose to Bournemouth on Saturday, according to reports.
Newcastle welcome Bournemouth to St James’ Park with their Premier League status in serious jeopardy.
McClaren’s side sit second from bottom on goal difference with four wins from the last five league matches.
The Telegraph report that if Newcastle suffer a third successive defeat, a crisis meeting will be called to discuss McClaren’s future at the club.
Newcastle’s latest defeat was at the hands of Stoke on Wednesday night after an 80th minute wonder goal from Xherdan Shaqiri stole all three points for his side.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, McClaren insisted he understands he is under pressure.
“It is football. It is a results business. I know that, everybody knows that, and we need results.
“We need to make sure we are in the league next season.
“We need to get over the disappointment of [the 1-0 defeat at Stoke on] Wednesday, but have that same attitude and fight,” said McClaren.
The Telegraph also say that McClaren’s fate is not in the hands of owner Mike Ashley, but managing director Lee Charnley.
Ashley will not step in to force the axing of McClaren but is expected to a have a long list of questions in the summer if Newcastle do crash down into the Championship.
The Newcastle owner bought the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in January to reinforce the struggling squad but it has not yet had the desired effect.
A separate report in the Daily Mail on Thursday claimed that Newcastle players were amazed McClaren was still in charge and expect him to be sacked if they are beaten at the weekend.
McClaren insisted that he know why Newcastle are suffering from below-par performances.
“I’m experienced and we know what is right and what is wrong,” said McClaren. “Generally, we have been successful wherever we are when players want that ambition and want to be successful.
“We suffer when players don’t want to reach those standards and put the work in to reach that.
“We always set standards. We always have a culture and environment which we know can produce success.
“We talk about a lot of changes and adapting to that but it is taking longer than we thought.”