Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing comments on challenges Steve McClaren faces at Newcastle United.

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Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing warns of the challenges Steve McClaren faces at Newcastle United.

Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing has told The Daily Star that Steve McClaren will have a tough job at Newcastle United.

Downing, who joined Championship club Middlesbrough from Premier League outfit West Ham United earlier this month, played under the Magpies head coach at Boro and the England national team.

McClaren was appointed the Newcastle boss in June following his dismissal as the Derby County manager, and Downing expects him to find it tough at St. James’ Park.

“I think it will be tough for him,” the 31-year-old former Aston Villa attacker told The Daily Star.

“They’re a very demanding club and crowd. He’s spent big on a couple of players and the pressure will be on him to do well.”

“If he does not get a good start, the pressure could be on him, but I hope he does well because he’s a decent man,” added Downing.


As Downing suggests, McClaren will be under pressure to get positive results and also play good football.

However, the Newcastle fans should maintain faith in the former Nottingham Forest boss, who is hugely experienced and knows the Premier League inside out.

The key to Newcastle having a successful 2015-16 Premier League campaign will be to start strongly and win as many home matches as possible.

A top-10 finish is what the Magpies should be aiming for, although that is going to be far from easy to accomplish.

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