Newcastle United are just one point above the drop zone.
The former Derby County boss is without doubt a superb coach, yet his ability as a manager is in question and the Magpies’ poor start to the season most certainly hasn’t helped his cause.
With just two wins in 13 matches, plus a 3-0 derby defeat at Sunderland, Newcastle find themselves just one point above the drop zone and murmurs suggest all is not well behind the scenes.
The Daily Mail reported recent bust-ups on the training ground stemming from McClaren’s decision to confront his players’ desire following last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City.
Commenting on the situation, former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton feels McClaren is in a tricky spot on Tyneside, but says the former England manager is the right man for the job.
“There is no doubt there are difficult times at the moment,” Hughton explained.
“Steve is a top quality coach and manager and probably when you are going into a job and you’ve got to change a fair amount of what you think is right there then sometimes that takes a little bit of time.”
“Sometimes you receive a few knocks along the way but ultimately, your aim is to get there and certainly, in Steve, they have the right person to do that.”
Newcastle travel to Crystal Palace this weekend where they will be up against a team desperate to win for their boss Alan Pardew after he was somewhat harshly treated at St. James’ Park.
An away game for McClaren, however, may just be the perfect antidote to a frosty week, as a game away from the cameras and under less pressure could prompt a positive reaction from his side.