Newcastle United news: McClaren next for sack? Shearer hits out, Mbabu boost

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Newcastle United could follow Dick Advocaat and Brendan Rodgers on to the dole, according to bookmakers today.

The Magpies’ manager has been installed as the new favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

Advocaat resined from Sunderland on Sunday, swiftly followed by Liverpool’s sacking of Rodgers.

And McClaren - whose Newcastle team sit bottom of the Premier League table without a win all season - is now 6/4 with bookmakers Paddy Power to be the next boss to leave his post.

Not that Alan Shearer has any sympathy with McClaren, that is.

Newcastle’s record goalscorer - who had an ill-fated spell in temporary charge of the club under Mike Ashley - says McClaren knew what he was getting himself into.

“No, I don’t have any sympathy for him, not really,” the 45-year-old is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“I don’t know if the transfer activity was different to what he expected, hoped, needed or wanted. But he knows what he is signing up for.

“If they perform like they did against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday and the second half at Manchester City, then yes, before long they will be relegated.

“I don’t know what Newcastle are going to turn up. I don’t think anyone does. McClaren doesn’t know and I don’t know, and that is the worry. There is a fragility and a losing mentality about the football club.”

Meanwhile, one of the few positives for Newcastle recently, Kevin Mbbau, says he is hopeful that his hamstring injury isn’t too bad.

The Swiss youngster was forced off against Manchester City on Saturday and is waiting on the results of his scan.

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