Steve McClaren shares what he's told Newcastle United's squad about supporters' criticism

Newcastle United are currently one point adrift of safety, after losing to Bournemouth.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has told the Daily Mirror that he is telling his players at St. James’ Park that they need to fight the criticism that is heading their way.

Newcastle’s squad have been slated by supporters at St. James’ Park, due to their terrible campaign so far.

The Magpies have performed well below expectations, and they are currently in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Frustrations are understandably high on Tyneside, but McClaren wants his squad to battle through the pressure.

“That’s the message I’m sending into the dressing room. Handle what is said,” McClaren said. “The criticism... fight it. Don’t drop your heads. Keep going. Body language has to be better, and show the supporters you are up for the fight.”

The atmosphere at St. James’ Park took a turn for the worse last Saturday, as Newcastle fell to a 3-1 defeat against Bournemouth.

The Magpies were outplayed by their visitors, and the boos rang out around their home stadium.

McClaren’s future at the club now appears to be in serious doubt, with the former England boss under extreme pressure.

Newcastle have now lost nine of their last 12 matches, and they are one point adrift of safety.

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