MANCHESTER -- Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren told his team to toughen up and questioned their desire after the 6-1 defeat at Manchester City.
The former England manager was upset that City scored five times in the space of 13 second-half minutes as Newcastle, who had taken the lead through Aleksandar Mitrovic, returned to the bottom of the Premier League.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer has said he's ready for another adventure, while adding that Premier League clubs Liverpool and Newcastle would be great environments in which to coach.
That might come as unwelcome news for Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Newcastle's Steve McClaren, as both managers are under pressure at the moment with their teams underperforming. Liverpool are ninth in the league table, while Newcastle are in 19th with no wins from seven games so far this season.
Steve McClaren has warned Moussa Sissoko he will only get the chance to realise his Champions League ambitions if he performs for Newcastle.
The 26-year-old France international has veered between brilliant and ineffectual during his time on Tyneside, but has made no secret of his desire to play in club football's biggest competition one day.
When you are the manager of a football team, getting a good night's sleep does not come with the territory. And when there is an international break -- as there is after this weekend's games -- the restlessness only gets worse for the Premier League bosses under pressure. If clubs are thinking about making a change at the top, they see these extended periods as among the best in-season moments to act.
Historically, at least four Premier League managers have been sacked by the New Year. Underperforming teams, whether close to the bottom of the league, failing to lead at the top or struggling unexpectedly in the Champions League, will have owners, chairmen and disgruntled supporters questioning the "man in charge." But before clubs sack a manager, the thoughtful ones ask a series questions about the incumbent: