By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Steve McClaren is teetering on the brink after Newcastle plumbed new depths by losing 3-1 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
There was a poisonous atmosphere at St James’ Park as Newcastle blew the chance to climb out of the bottom three of the Premier League.
McClaren’s side were comprehensively outplayed by Eddie Howe’s team as they slipped to their 16th defeat from their 28 matches this season to remain rooted in 19th in the table.
Fans chanted ‘Steve McClaren, you’re taking us down’ when Josh King’s emphatic second-half finish doubled Bournemouth’s advantage to put the visitors 2-0 up.
Ayoze Perez’s late goal gave Newcastle a lifeline but Charlie Daniels pushed them deep into the mire with his goal in added time.
A chorus of boos rang around St James’ Park after King’s goal, and once again at the final whistle, as supporters made clear their feelings about a result that increases the club’s threat of relegation.
Amid growing speculation about dressing room unrest, a Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the loss to Bournemouth is likely to seal McClaren’s fate.
Owner Mike Ashley does not want to miss out on next season’s bumper TV deal and he will be asking managing director Lee Charnley to deal with the unfolding crisis.