Charlie Nicholas responds when asked whether McClaren can survive as Newcastle manager

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Charlie Nicholas doesn't think Steve McClaren can survive as Newcastle boss.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he doesn't think Steve McClaren will be able to survive for long as Newcastle manager.

The Magpies are second from bottom in the Premier League table, and with just two wins so far this season, McClaren is already under increasing pressure.

His cause wasn't helped on Saturday afternoon as his side were hammered 5-1 away at Crystal Palace, as ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew heaped more misery on the Magpies.

There are major concerns that McClaren, who was appointed as Newcastle boss over the summer after leaving Derby County, isn't the right man for the job, with Newcastle desperately looking to pull themselves away from yet another relegation battle.

After watching Newcastle crumble against Palace, pundit Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports that somebody at St. James' Park has to show some leadership in the coming weeks.

Nicholas was asked whether he thinks McClaren can survive this terrible start and manage Newcastle long-term - and he says that he doesn't think the ex-England boss will last much longer, despite stating that he couldn't have done much more to try and change things against Palace.

"I don't think he can," said Nicholas. "I don't think Steve McClaren can do any more than what he tried this week. He tried to get physical and aggressive with them, he gets a quick response because they go 1-0 up, and then they completely cave in. And I just think that sometimes, the people at the club, that identify as the decision makers, need to put out an issue to try and show some leadership."

"If you don't have it on the pitch, and if you can't rely on your manager to find a solution, somebody at the club has to show leadership," he added.

With David Moyes available following his departure from Real Sociedad, some fans are already looking for the Scot to come in and replace McClaren - but Newcastle's problems run much further than simply on the pitch, with owner Ashley still public enemy number one on Tyneside.

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