Steve McClaren future: Newcastle hold board meeting to decide former England manager's future - reports

Newcastle remain entrenched in the Premier League relegation zone with 10 matches remaining

The Newcastle United hierarchy are reportedly holding crisis talks this afternoon to discuss the future of manager Steve McClaren following the alarming 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth.

McClaren, lured away from Championship side Derby County last summer, is a member of the board of directors at St James’ Park and is likely to a part of any discussions. 

The Independent believes the 54-year-old former England manager expects to take training as usual at the North East club’s Darsley Park complex this week despite winning just once in six matches. 

According to various reports including those by Sky Sports, the Magpies have responded to their latest on-field set-back after supporters were heard booing and protesting against their manager throughout the match. 

Newcastle remain entrenched in the Premier League relegation zone by a solitary point with 10 matches remaining, starting with the trip to leaders Leicester City next Monday before the Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland the following weekend.

McClaren confirmed on Saturday evening that he would not be prepared to resign, forcing the hierarchy to consider sacking him in light of their abysmal form of late. 

“No way will I quit,” he said. “That's for other people to decide. I don't do that. I have enough experience. I have been through this, I have had chants like there have been today quite a few times and that's the perils of being a manager, and especially of this team, this season.

“I have had it before, it's not pleasant and I don't like it, I am as frustrated and angry as the crowd with the performance but we can't say that's it, we have to fight and solve it.

“I fully believe that what myself and the staff are doing is right. We need to perform better and do our jobs better. We have a lot of players injured and a makeshift back four. We are not having the best of luck but you make your luck by working harder.”