Newcastle United news: McClaren faces media, new deal for striker

Steve McClaren will this afternoon face the media for the first time in 17 days.
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Steve McClaren

Relegation-threatened Newcastle United's head coach will take questions ahead of tomorrow night's game against Stoke City.

With captain Fabricio Coloccini struggling to be fit for the game at the Britannia Stadium, McClaren has a dilemma ahead of the game.

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For updates from this afternoon's Press conference, follow our live blog here.

We also have news of a new deal offered to a striker at Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given has been talking about his former club's plight in the Premier League's relegation zone.

“It isn’t a nice situation for them to be in, but I do really think that they will get out of it,” Given told #pottersmag.

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“They made some really strong signings during the January window, and I think on paper, they look a really good side.

“I am sure that it will all click and they will pull themselves clear – hopefully not until after Wednesday night’s game.

“There will be some anxiousness and nervousness around the place at the moment, but that is to be expected when there are only 11 or 12 games to go and you are involved in a relegation battle.

“Steve McClaren will be keeping them calm, though, and I am sure he has the belief that the squad he has put together can really push on once they move away from danger.

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“I would expect them to push on again next season given the talent they have in the dressing room.”