Steve McClaren says his job is safe despite relegation fears

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Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has told the Newcastle Chronicle that he thinks his position is safe, despite his side’s dismal run of form.

McClaren’s men have won just twice in the league all season and find themselves in 19th place after 14 games. Fans are furious, with the prospect of a second relegation in six years rapidly becoming a very real possibility.

Following the 5-1 drubbing against Crystal Palace at the weekend, the former England boss told the paper that with 24 games still to play, there was no reason to panic.

“I think that’s the key thing, there’s no panic [at the club]. If there were eight games to go then people would, but we’re not.”

“We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things, I know through experience”.

“In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it’s not, we’re having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run”.

Newcastle face a tough run of games in the build up to Christmas, with Liverpool visiting St James’ Park next weekend then a trip to Spurs the following Sunday.

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McClaren will presumably try and strengthen his squad in January and has been linked with the £35 million-rated Marseilles striker Michy Batshuayi, but there are question marks over whether owner Mike Ashley would even back the 54 year old with his own cash.

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