Report: Steve McClaren taking softer approach with Newcastle United's squad

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Newcastle United were beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace in their latest outing.

According to the Chronicle, Steve McClaren was keen to adopt a more relaxed approach in Newcastle United training after their latest defeat to Crystal Palace.

Newcastle were beaten 5-1 by Palace in their latest outing, but McClaren did not want to read the riot act to his squad.

Although he called them in to train on Sunday, the session was said to be have been a light one – as he was keen not to disillusion the squad.

McClaren had reportedly been tougher on Newcastle’s squad in training last week, as he looked to inspire a reaction from his team.

Although the Magpies were said to have improved their efforts in preparation for the Palace fixture, their performance suggested that McClaren’s motivational techniques had not worked.

Newcastle were well off the pace at Selhurst Park, and their existing flaws were exposed in the contest.

McClaren’s squad still looked low on confidence, and they collapsed after conceding the first goal.

The former England boss will hope that his methods on the training ground have more impact at the weekend though, with Newcastle facing Liverpool on Sunday.

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