Campbell says Newcastle United should keep faith in McClaren

Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell says that the Magpies should not remove Steve McClaren from his position as manager.


Former Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell has told Goals on Sunday, broadcast on March 6 at 10.30am, that the Magpies should not change their manager for the final nine games of the season.


Earlier this week, reports suggesting that Steve McClaren could be removed from his position in the dugout if Newcastle lost to Bournemouth were denied, but that has not stopped speculation intensifying since yesterday afternoon.


Newcastle fell to a 3-1 defeat against the Cherries, but the manner of the setback and the reception that McClaren received from the home supporters when making his substitutions indicated that patience has been lost in his managerial ability.


However, Campbell, who played under McClaren when he was manager of England, thinks that the club's best chance of survival in the Premier League rests on everyone within St James' Park pulling together to reach 39 points, which he believes will be enough to retain their top-flight status.


Campbell said: "I think everyone needs to get together and say that we have nine games left and treat them as a cup final.

"They have to turn it around. The players have to step up to the plate. I don't think you have time to change things, you have to get everyone together and win. It's about staying up.

"It will test his managerial skills, but whoever goes into Newcastle, it will test them as a manager."

The loss to Bournemouth left Newcastle inside the relegation zone, but North-East rivals Sunderland moved ahead of them in the standings with a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

After Newcastle travel to Leicester City on March 14, they host Sunderland in what will be regarded as their biggest game of the season.

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