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Report: Steve McClaren embroiled in row with journalist at press conference

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The Newcastle United manager exchanged heated words with a reporter at his pre-Bournemouth briefing.

It seems the pressure is heating up on Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren, with the Mirror reporting that the ex-England boss was involved in a heated exchange with a journalist at his press conference on Friday.

The Magpies are in the relegation zone after suffering a seventh away defeat on the spin against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night.

Their lowly position has seen questions about McClaren's future intensify in recent weeks, and the pressure was showing as tempers rose at his media briefing ahead of the crunch clash with Bournemouth this weekend.

According to the Mirror, the Magpies boss incensed a local journalist by suggesting that he had an agenda against the club after being let go from a previous job at St. James' Park.

The report claims McClaren said: "It's done by a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle, a journalist who used to work at this club and who four or five years ago was released from this club.

In response, the reporter allegedly said: "Don't you dare accuse me of having an agenda. You are second bottom of the league. Is this your latest excuse? You're the problem not me.

"Walk away Steve, smile, grin. He has been out of depth since the moment he walked in."

McClaren has presided over just six wins in 27 Premier League matches since arriving at St. James' Park after leaving Derby County at the end of last season.

His side face a crucial fixture against 15th-place Bournemouth this weekend, hoping that their impressive home form will continue.

The Magpies have lost just one of their last six league matches in front of their own fans.

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