Sky Sports pundit Ray Wilkins slams Newcastle United players performance v Bournemouth

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Wilkins is not pleased with the performance of the Newcastle players.

It looks like Newcastle United have finally decided to part company with manager Steve McClaren after a string of poor performances under the management of the former England boss.

The final straw seems to have been a limp performance against relegation rivals Bournemouth at St James Park this weekend - which leaves them staring relegation to the Championship in the face.

One Sky Sports pundit is thoroughly unimpressed.

Ray Wilkins was speaking on Sky Sports News HQ yesterday (09/03/2016) when he made his feelings clear about the Newcastle players - insisting they must take a large portion of the blame for the way things have turned out this season.

He stated:

"It wasn't so much the three defeats on the spin that worries me. It was the way that they lost at home against Bournemouth.

"I only watched highlights of the game but my word that wasn't a Newcastle side that day. Because the one thing you always found when you went to St James Park was that is was an extremely aggressive, in your face, kind of game.

"But they (the Newcastle players) never even fought for the club. I thought it was an appalling performance.

"That's the one thing that worries me. Because once that sets in, that just snowballs.

"They have got a real dogfight on their hands."

That is a scathing assessment from Wilkins but a fair one given the level of Newcastle's recent performances and their lowly ranking in the top flight.

It looks increasingly likely that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will be taking the job in the coming weeks and the Spaniard is going to have a massive task on his hands turning things around at St James Park - with the club so desperately out of form.

Especially if he cannot get the players putting themselves on the line for the club.

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