Steve McClaren has sent a letter to Newcastle fans after losing to Sunderland.
As reported by The Chronicle, Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has sent a letter to Newcastle fans having lost 3-0 to Sunderland last weekend.
The Magpies were once again beaten by their biggest rivals, as goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher handed Sunderland a sixth straight win over Newcastle.
This weekend, Newcastle host Stoke City at St. James' Park, and desperately need a response having won just once so far this season.
In a bid to rally the fans together after that deflating loss to Sunderland, McClaren has now sent an open letter to Newcastle fans, as featured on The Chronicle.
Whether the letter really gets fans back on side ahead of the Stoke game remains to be seen, but one Newcastle legend isn't quite so convinced.
Alan Shearer has taken to Twitter after reading about McClaren's open letter, and mocked the idea, stating that he would rather see the Magpies simply win games.
Having beaten Norwich City 6-2 earlier this month, Newcastle fans were in high spirits heading in to the Sunderland game, but now need another boost this weekend - and McClaren will be hoping that this open letter can get supporters fired up for the game at St. James' Park.