Ashley’s PR man Keith Bishop is often in Newcastle and attended the game on Saturday. He was at Newcastle as Sam Allardyce’s assistant when Ashley bought the club eight years ago. “Something has to change”, Perez, 22, told BBC Newcastle. “He’s an outstanding coach who if given time will lead them to better times”.
“There was a lack of discipline and the team got stretched, Bournemouth took advantage”.
Newcastle United’s director Lee Charnley was set to hold meetings about McClaren’s future at St James’ Park on Monday, whilst the likes of Nigel Pearson, Brendan Rodgers and even recently-fired Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez have all been linked with the hotseat. The fans are fully entitled to say what they want. If I was Mike Ashley, I would be tearing my hair out. He is confident his methods will work, but with time running out this season, acknowledges that the players have to buy into them too.
“You’ve got to motivate the players but it’s not happening out there – and that’s got to come down to management”. If I was the owner again I would have somebody in mind to bring them in. “At this moment we are prime candidates for relegation”. David Moyes’s name is believed to have figured prominently in discussions and Rafa BenÃtez has previously expressed discreet interest in one of English football’s most challenging posts.
“If something changes, I don’t know what’s going to happen – but right now we are with him because he is our manager”.
“Moyes is a nice fella”.
‘But I know enough about this team – it can produce performances on its day.
“As I say it is about now and it’s not acceptable”.
“That’s seven points in a big week and it puts us in a good position”.
McClaren attempted to discredit a written journalist who once worked for the club when asked about speculation about his job in front of the TV cameras. Out of all the seasons a club could choose to go down, this must range as the worst when there is so much finance on offer from the new television deal next season.
McClaren insists he will not be walking away despite yesterday’s humiliations on and off the field, although he also admitted Newcastle will be relegated if they fail to improve in the games that remain.
The Magpies were outplayed at St James” Park on Saturday and McClaren was subjected to chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning’ from disgruntled home supporters.