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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren: Team will stay up whoever is in charge

Steve McClaren says he expects Newcastle United to beat the drop regardless of whether he remains in charge amid reports the club is to decide on his future ahead of the meeting with Leicester.

Newcastle's 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday was their five Premier League defeat in six games and leaves the club 19th in the table.

McClaren said after Saturday's game that he would not resign, but the Evening Chronicle newspaper, The Guardian and The Times all report the club is considering whether to sack the former England boss prior to next Monday's trip to Premier League leaders Leicester.

David Moyes, Nigel Pearson, Brendan Rodgers, Garry Monk and Rafa Benitez have been touted as options should McClaren be dismissed.

McClaren maintains that Newcastle, who remain just a point behind 17th-placed Sunderland and have a game in hand, will survive regardless of who is in charge.

"I believe in that dressing room there are enough performances in the last 10 games," he said. "I don't care who the manager is but the club will get out of this."

Steve McClaren has endured a difficult return to Premier League management with Newcastle.

McClaren also stressed that his players, who did not speak to the media after the Bournemouth game, were still responding to his guidance.

"Yes, absolutely," he said. "We have been here all season. We have had good spells, bad spells -- that is the frustrating thing.

"We said that weeks ago. This team, some days you go: 'Wow.' Others you go: 'Wow, look how poor they are.' That is the frustration."

The 54-year-old has come under pressure from supporters, who chanted for his sacking on Saturday, as well as former players including Alan Shearer and Faustino Asprilla.

Former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall has also called for McClaren, who was sacked by Championship side Derby at the end of last season, to be dismissed.

"You need change," Hall told BBC Radio 5 live. "Steve is not getting them to play and it's probably time he goes. You've got to find someone to harness the team."


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