Under-fire former England chief Steve McClaren backed by Newcastle bosses

“We know where we are and we know what we have to do”

Steve McClaren

And there is no obvious replacement to take the job either until the end of the season or on a permanent basis.

But with the Magpies’ away form so abysmal, they are relying on home results to save them this season.

A bad result against Bournemouth would force a rethink inside the boardroom, particularly if it became clear most fans have lost confidence in McClaren.

Asked after the Stoke loss if he would remain in charge for the rest of the season, McClaren said: “I don’t see any reason why not” before praising his players for their reaction following the 5-1 humiliation in their previous game 18 days earlier.

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