David Ginola responds to Steve McClaren speculation, has long-term advice for Newcastle

Steve McClaren

Newcastle United are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment.

David Ginola suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (March 4) that Newcastle United should not sack Steve McClaren.

According to a recent report in The Daily Mail, Newcastle players expect McClaren to be sacked as the head coach if they lose to Bournemouth at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Former Newcastle attacker Ginola has suggested that the Magpies should maintain faith in the Englishman.

The former France international has also claimed that Newcastle getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season could be good for the club’s long-term future.

“Changing managers will not make Newcastle a better club and play better football,” said Ginola on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (March 4) when asked about the speculation surrounding McClaren.

“I always say the same thing for Newcastle, for Geordies, for the fans. Newcastle need stability, maybe starting from scratch.”

“I have said before,” added the Frenchman. “It’s not a big deal, it’s just for good (to get relegated). You go down in the Championship, you start all over again and you make Newcastle a better club.”

With Newcastle struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment, McClaren is under immense pressure.

While it would be easy for the club to sack the former Derby County boss, the question is who will replace him.

Moreover, getting relegated to the Championship is going to be a disaster for Newcastle.

The Championship is a tougher and more competitive league than the Premier League, and the Magpies could get stuck there for years.

Just look at Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.

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