Ex-Newcastle striker issues damning response to Steve McClaren's early-season comments

Micky Quinn has had his say on the struggling Newcastle United boss after the club slipped to yet another away defeat.

Former Newcastle striker Micky Quinn is running out of patience with head coach Steve McClaren.

The Magpies lost their sixth straight Premier League away game at Stoke City on Wednesday, a result which keeps them in the bottom three.

And that's despite spending close to £29m on players in January, as reported by the Chronicle, and enjoying an 18-day break from competitive fixtures, a week of which was spent in the south of Spain.

Quinn, who played for Newcastle for three years between 1989 and 1992, told TalkSPORT on Thursday that he had been willing to give McClaren a chance at St. James' Park, with the club narrowly avoiding relegation last season, but says the level of 'dross' currently being served up is 'ridiculous'.

The Liverpudlian said: "Let’s go back to McClaren when he went there in the summer and we’d been carved up by Carver the season before and just about stayed up. McClaren said: "There are no media misinterpretations: Judge me after 10 games.

"Well I'm judging him after 26 games, and we’re crap!"

Quinn added: "I'm sick of hearing he's a great coach. He had a great opportunity with a big club to make an impact, I’ve given him every chance.

"I got behind him at the start, you know, he’s an English coach, and I encouraged the supporters to get behind him as well, but when you serve up dross [in reference to last month's 5-1 defeat against Chelsea] it’s ridiculous."

Xherdan Shaqiri's goal condemned Newcastle to defeat at the Britannia Stadium, and kept them in the bottom three on goal difference.

The Magpies, who have a game in hand on closest rivals Norwich City and Sunderland, host Bournemouth on Saturday with the Black Cats due on Tyneside a fortnight later.

17 of Newcastle's 24 points this season have come on home soil.

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