Despite reports in national papers and the Shields Gazette that Steve McClaren is fighting to save his job at Newcastle, the Evening Chronicle believes that there are no plans to remove the head coach despite the Magpies' slide into the relegation zone.
Saturday night's humiliating 5-1 capitulation at Chelsea should have been a lot worse and came ten days after a similarly gutless display at Everton. Indeed, if Chelsea weren't saving energy for their mid-week Champions League tie, they could have built upon a 3-0 lead after just 17 minutes.
Sandwiched between those capitulations was a vital home win against West Brom and it seems those three points are the only thing keeping McClaren in a job. Sat in 18th, Newcastle don't play for another two weeks and all their relegation rivals play twice in the meantime.
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The Chronicle maintains that McClaren has the backing of managing director Lee Charnley, especially as disspirited fans have so far restricted criticism to social media. The reaction to Saturday's defeat was overwhelmingly negative, with a vast majority believing this long gap is the perfect time to bring in a replacement to save the club.
Vocal abuse is just around the corner though, as supporters continue to believe that McClaren wasn't good enough for the job in the first place. In a league with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp, Guus Hiddink, Mauricio Pochettino and Manuel Pellegrini, McClaren stands out as an inferior manager. Defeats against Stoke and Bournemouth will ramp up the malcontent.
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Instead, Newcastle players and staff have flown out to La Manga for a warm training break, alongside a friendly against Lillestrom. Mike Ashley is notoriously stubborn, often ignoring obvious decisions because he believes he knows best. However, the pressure of staying around to claim next season's eye-watering Premier League money has already led to an £80 million transfer spree since last summer.
There's one mindset that has changed, sacking McClaren comes from the same place. Should the next two games go badly, will he overrule Charnley and let McClaren go?
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