McClaren remains in charge after talks

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren (right) has won only six of 28 Premier League games at Newcastle

Head coach Steve McClaren remains in charge of Newcastle United after talks with managing director Lee Charnley.

McClaren, whose side are 19th in the Premier League, has taken training all week and spoke to Charnley by phone on Wednesday after a planned face-to-face meeting failed to take place.

The 54-year-old was pictured smiling as he left the club’s training ground.

His future remains unclear but he is expected to take training on Thursday before Monday’s game at Leicester.

The Magpies are in danger of a second relegation in seven years after five defeats in six league games, including Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth.

Newcastle board members Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur met away from Tyneside on Monday to discuss possible ways forward with 10 games of the season remaining.

However, there has been no public comment from the club in the days since, despite the speculation over the former England manager’s position.

McClaren took over in the summer after leaving Championship side Derby but has only won six of his 28 top-flight matches in charge.

Former club owner Sir John Hall claimed he should be sacked, while Alan Shearer – Newcastle’s record goalscorer – has described the club as a “mess from top to bottom”.

The NUFC Fans’ Forum – a representative body of supporters’ groups – has called for action to be taken in an open letter to the club’s hierarchy.

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