Report sheds light on Steve McClaren's Newcastle future after embarrassing Chelsea defeat

Steve McClaren

Newcastle currently have no plans to replace Steve McClaren, according to reports today.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United are sticking by manager Steve McClaren, despite the club's thrashing at Chelsea on Saturday evening.

The Magpies slipped back into the bottom three on Saturday, as they were hammered 5-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in a performance which was littered with errors and generally sloppy play.

That embarrassing performance has Newcastle level on points with 17th placed Swansea City, but with a resurgent Sunderland side sitting just a point behind the Magpies, there is renewed concern that Newcastle could be relegated despite their January spending spree.

McClaren was allowed to bring in Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Seydou Doumbia last month, and whilst there have been signs of life with wins over West Brom and West Ham, they have generally been followed by poor displays.

Some Newcastle fans have been calling for McClaren to be sacked in order for Newcastle to avoid the drop, but The Chronicle report that their calls for David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers to be appointed will fall on deaf ears, as they plan to give McClaren time at St. James' Park.

It's stated that Newcastle hope that a training camp abroad before their next match in March will give McClaren time to figure out the problems in his side and launch a fight against the drop.

That may not be what fans want to hear after that defeat against Chelsea, but it probably won't be much of a surprise given that owner Mike Ashley stood by Alan Pardew through some truly dark and angry times on Tyneside.

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