John Hartson asks a key question of Newcastle

Steve McClaren

John Hartson says that Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren is under pressure.

Former West Ham United striker John Hartson has questioned Newcastle United’s decision to appoint Steve McClaren as their head coach in the summer.

The former Wales international said on BBC Final Score on Saturday afternoon: “For Newcastle, it's not good enough. As a group of players they need to get together.

“This season they decided to change their manager. Was that the right appointment? Steve McClaren has to be under pressure.”

Hartson made the comments following Newcastle’s horrendous performance against Manchester City away from home in the Premier League.

The Magpies took an early lead at the Etihad Stadium, but they collapsed in the second half and lost the game 6-1.

Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero was the star of the show in Manchester, as he scored five goals.

Newcastle’s performance against City was indeed dire, and head coach McClaren is certainly under pressure.

The Magpies have yet to win a game in the Premier League this season and find themselves at the foot of the table as a result.

Like Hartson, many Newcastle fans will question the club’s decision to appoint McClaren as the head coach in the summer, especially after the way Derby County collapsed in the final months of the 2014/15 Championship campaign under him.

However, it is not the time to question what was done in the summer. It is time to find solutions to the problems Newcastle are facing at the moment.

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