Steve Harper’s response when asked if McClaren will be given time at Newcastle

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren saw Newcastle lose again at the weekend.

McClaren led his team to another defeat at the weekend, falling 3-0 to Sunderland on Sunday, but former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has told talkSPORT that he believes McClaren will stay in his job whilst the performance levels remain as they have been.

The former goalkeeper said: “When the performances have been okay in patches, you can see there are some good things in this team. Whilst the performances continue to be okay, then I’ll think he’ll be given time. If that was to change, then I think that would speed up any action [sacking McClaren].”

Despite winning just one game this season, Newcastle have at times shown themselves to be far better than the results would suggest.

They impressed in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, whilst excelling in the first half against Manchester City, before collapsing in the second period to a 6-1 defeat.

They managed to extend this sort of performance level for a full 90 minutes last weekend, in the victory over Norwich City, before then falling down to Sunderland at the weekend - courtesy of some questionable defending.

The performance level once again could not be extended for a full 90 minutes, and McClaren’s team fell to a defeat, and gifted Sunderland their first three points of the campaign.

McClaren has struggled this season, and Newcastle have just two points more than Aston Villa, who sacked Tim Sherwood on Sunday. The time seems to be running out for McClaren, but Harper does not believe he will be sacked whilst the performances continue to show promise.

Whilst this suggests that the Newcastle board are showing faith in McClaren as being able to turn their form around, just how long do the Tyneside club stick by the head coach to bring out a full 90 minutes performance from his players?

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