Newcastle United are currently one point adrift of safety, after losing to Bournemouth.
Newcastle’s squad have been slated by supporters at St. James’ Park, due to their terrible campaign so far.
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.