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Friday 9 December 2016

McClaren hopes that Ashley will back him

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren hopes Mike Ashley will back to him to the hilt so he can command the dressing-room respect to win Newcastle's relegation dogfight.

The Newcastle manager admitted fears he may struggle to spark a response from his players after his midweek training ground rant only ended in a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace.

McClaren unleashed some home truths following Newcastle's 3-0 loss to Leicester at St James' Park, only for his side to capitulate spectacularly at Selhurst Park.

Now McClaren accepts only a united front at board level will allow him to arrest Newcastle's slide into the relegation mire, calling on "peer pressure" to take its grip among his squad.

Key

"I think that's the key thing, that there's no panic," said McClaren when asked if continued backing from Newcastle's board would prove pivotal to Premier League survival.

"If there were eight games to go then people would, but we're not. And that's where experience tells. We know we're doing the right things every day, we know we're doing the right things, I know through experience.

"Everybody knows and everybody can see that."

Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur both bagged a brace with Wilfried Zaha also on target as Palace hammered hapless Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse opened the scoring but the visitors crumbled after McArthur's deflected leveller, with former Tyneside boss Alan Pardew putting one over his old club.

McClaren was forced to accept he may not be able to read his players the riot act too often if the sole fruit is to slip deeper into trouble.

"Yeah it does, it makes it harder," said McClaren, when quizzed on whether another heavy loss leads him to question his faith in the ability to generate a reaction from his players.

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