Jamie Redknapp says it is almost too late for Newcastle to fire McClaren

Pundit warns Newcastle time has almost run out.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail that Newcastle United may have left it too late to make a big decision on Steve McClaren's future.

The former England boss is under pressure after losing three consecutive games, including a 3-1 loss to Bournemouth at the weekend.

With a match against rivals Sunderland on the horizon later this month, Newcastle may elect to change their manager, but should they have done so long before now?

Jamie Redknapp said: "I still think they’ve got one or two match-winners who can get them out of trouble but it’s not looking good. Newcastle is a passionate city and relegation battles are so emotional. But it’s a time when you need cool heads.

"If Steve McClaren is sacked, where do they go? It’s almost too late for that kind of call. It’s happened before with Alan Shearer when he had eight games to save Newcastle but he couldn’t keep them up. It’s a really tough call."

The appointment of Shearer did not work, but this was not necessarily due to timing. That was Shearer's first and only job in management, and a relegation battle was no situation to appoint a rookie.

Newcastle need a manager with experience, and there are a number of high profile bosses out of work at present including Nigel Pearson who helped Leicester avoid the drop last time.

Sunderland have acted in similar circumstances late in recent seasons with success thanks to the momentum and change of approach a new boss has been able to bring.

Newcastle have only a downwards momentum at present, and it's time for Newcastle to take a leaf out of Sunderland's book and appoint a new boss to arrest their slow decline under McClaren.

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