Under fire Newcastle boss safe for now, but relegation fears grow

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is secure in his job for now though must improve or face the sack, according to the Daily Mail.

There have been calls for him to be sacked, as the Magpies suffered a 5-1 loss away to former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace as relegation fears grow in the North East.

While reports suggest that Toon Army owner Mike Ashley is not to wield the axe imminently, there are fears he could miss out a share of the lucrative £5billion TV deal if the former England chief cannot turn the club around.

He has won just two games at the helm and reportedly had a training ground bust up with a number of senior players during the week’s sessions.

There have been suggestions that Ashley has concerns over parts of McClaren’s management style, and could be forced to rid of him if the atmosphere becomes too heated at St. James’ Park.

Managing director Lee Charnley is understood to have given the 54-year old assurances over his immediate future, but with Liverpool and Spurs next up, could ditch him if the Tyneside outfit are cut adrift in the relegation zone.