Allardyce was the manager of West Ham for four years from 2011 until the end of the 2014-15 season.
“[McClaren] is up against it,” Merson told Sky Sports. “It reminds me of Sam Allardyce at West Ham. The crowd, whatever you do, it doesn't make any difference.”
The Newcastle fans are frustrated at the moment, and rightly so. After all, the Magpies are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table and could find themselves in the Championship next season.
McClaren is a very good coach and a good manager, but he does not seem to have any idea how to stop the current rot at Newcastle.