McClaren won’t to step down amidst rumors of change at Newcastle

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The pressure continues to grow on Steve McClaren at Newcastle as the Magpies’ boss could be on his way out at St. James’ Park.

Following a 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, the rumors and reports have grown that Newcastle could make a managerial change for the final ten games of the season.

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The Magpies currently sit 19th on the table and are one point below safety, although they do have a game in hand on their close competition. However, after losing three consecutive matches while being outscored 9-2, McClaren is on thin ice.

Despite the immense pressure, the boss said he would not step down from his position, leaving those decisions to the club’s board.

No way [will I step down]. That is for other people to decide.

I’ve had chants like this quite a few times. That’s the perils of being a manager, and especially manager of this team this season.

But I can understand that. I can understand the frustrations, damn right I do. I’ve thought that all season. There have been ups and downs, and I talk about this team being the most frustrating I’ve ever had.

While McClaren doesn’t want to resign, he doesn’t sound too confident in his side either. He called the Bournemouth loss “going down material” and has been open about his frustrations with the team throughout the season.

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If Newcastle doesn’t make a change, McClaren must turn things around immediately as the club faces a vital stretch of upcoming matches. After a trip to leaders Leicester, the Magpies face fellow-relegation fighters Sunderland and Norwich City. If Newcastle doesn’t get a result against those two sides, survival will be near impossible.