Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren will turn it around

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri at St James's Park
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri at St James's Park

Steve McClaren says he won’t walk away from the job Newcastle United – despite a “painful” start to his St James’s Park career.

The Magpies are one point above the Premier League relegation zone ahead of this afternoon’s game against Crystal Palace.

McClaren and his players were booed after last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City.

Toon legend Alan Shearer labelled the team’s performance “woeful, embarrassing, hopeless and inept” and McClaren held an inquest into that game a the start of the week.

McClaren is the second-favourite in the Premier League’s sack race behind Swansea boss Garry Monk.

But the head coach – who insists he “absolutely” still believes in the blueprint at St James’s Park – still feels he is still the right man to revive United’s fortunes after years of relegation battles.

Asked if he had considered walking away, he said: “No, no.

“Absolutely, I knew this was tough, and for all the comments from other people, we knew it was going to be tough. We all did.

“It’s about turning it around and it’s a long process. And a painful one at times. I don’t like watching my teams performing like they did last week.

“That was painful to watch. What I like to do is get out on to the training field and do something about it.”