Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren hopes the heated training ground exchanges he had with a number of star players will spark a revival to their season, report the Daily Telegraph.
The under fire Magpies coach is understood to have had an argument with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and club captain Fabricio Coloccini over their perceived lack of desire amid their relegation battle.
Tempers are believed to have boiled over after some of the players’ abject performance in the 3-0 loss at home to Leicester last week.
However, the former England boss is confident that the bust up can spark a revival on Tyneside, rather than turn against him.
‘We have had a great week on the training pitch. Feisty, competitive, energetic, all things we lacked last Saturday. We got the message across.’
‘It’s about staying calm and getting a response after a bad day. We’d [hoped] to get a reaction on the training field. We certainly had that.’
The Toon Army have won just five league games since former boss Alan Pardew left the club for Crystal Palace in January.
They only maintained Premier League survival under John Carver on the final day of last season, with a 2-0 win over West Ham.