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Steve McClaren still under pressure despite recent results

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Steve McClaren has lengthened his stay as Newcastle boss following victories against Liverpool and Tottenham, but for how long?

McClaren remains among the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to receive his marching orders as Newcastle sit just two points off the relegation zone after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Prior to their recent wins, the Tyneside club had managed to earn just ten points out of a possible 42.

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Owner Mike Ashley allowed McClaren to spend close to £47 million on players in the summer.

Georginio Wijnaldum was the most expensive addition costing £14.5 million, and until recently, was heavily scrutinised along with his teammates for displaying a lack of effort on the pitch.

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Their recent surge in form is suspected by some to be a ploy, to pry a move away from St James’ Park in the January transfer window.

McClaren seems to have lost the faith of both the players and fans.

Upon his appointment in June of this year, fans were already speculative of how the ex-England boss would regain and replicate the achievements of 1996 and 1997 when Newcastle narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.

Newcastle have been absent from European competition for nearly three years, which for a club that attracts over 52,000 fans per week, is simply not acceptable.

In comparison to the teams around them in the table - excluding current champions Chelsea - the quality within their squad is far superior and suggests they should be fighting for a Europa League spot.

McClaren has a fairly good record as a manager at domestic level, reaching the UEFA Cup Final during his time a Middlesbrough and winning the Eredivisie with FC Twente.

The 54-year-old has struggled however when faced with the task of managing players with big personalities.

During his time as England manager, he failed to qualify for Euro 2008, which caused him to be branded as one of the national side's worst-ever coaches.

McClaren was in charge for just 18 games one of the shortest spells of an England boss. During his tenure, a number of key players underperformed, begging the question: can he manage big egos?

Newcastle United are festered with egotistical players who deem themselves bigger and better than they are.

McClaren lost the dressing room before the side even stepped out onto the pitch.

The 54-year-old was brave to take on such a role, but was equally as naive to believe he would find success when already fighting a losing battle.

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