McClaren is under pressure after Newcastle United's very poor start to the season which has left them languishing in the relegation zone.
McClaren was only appointed in the summer after he replaced John Carver, shortly after the Magpies narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight.
It has been a very disappointing start for the side having only won two games so far this season, which sees them second from bottom, two points adrift from safety. Their latest defeat was a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Crystal Palace at the weekend which saw Newcastle's defence all at sea.
There have been the odd encouraging performances. The hammering of Norwich City showed some decent attacking intent, even if there was a lot of questionable defending on show, and they did raise their games to get draws against Manchester United and Chelsea - though the latter of those games saw them surrender a two-goal lead in the process.
But it shows just how poor a start the side has made overall given that McClaren is in the early stages of his reign at St James's Park that his future is even being talked about.
The Newcastle boss now has a week to put things right before they host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, a side that has won six of their last seven in all competitions.
One thing that will work in their favour is that Liverpool have a game in midweek at the opposite end of the country, and it should be something McClaren tries to use to his advantage in order to get a big result to turn things around.
However, conceding eight goals in your last two matches is an incredibly worrying sign and there needs to be plenty of work on their defence in the coming week or they will get punished not just by Liverpool, but other sides over the Christmas period.
Along with Bournemouth, they have conceded the most in the division and after Liverpool they travel to North London to take on Tottenham before hosting Aston Villa - which will be a must win regardless of the results in the two games proceeding that encounter.
Without doubt this is an important period of the season for both McClaren and Newcastle.