English Premiership

McClaren confident despite Newcastle loss

2016-03-03 17:58
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Cape Town - Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren said he was confident of staying in charge despite his relegation-threatened side suffering a sixth straight away Premier League defeat at Stoke City on Wednesday.

"I don't see any reason why not. We have been in this position for a reason. We have to continue," McClaren told reporters when asked if he would keep his job for the rest of the season.

Xherdan Shaqiri's 80th minute winner meant Newcastle dropped to 19th in the 20 team league, although they are level on points with Norwich City and Sunderland above them and have a game in hand.

"This game is cruel and it's been cruel to us again. We dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday," the former England manager said.

"We've got 11 games and a certain amount of wins we need and we've got the talent to do it and if we show the determination we did tonight we'll do it."

McClaren had called for consistency before Wednesday's game and labelled Newcastle the most "frustrating" side he has coached.

Newcastle host 15th-placed Bournemouth on Saturday.

 

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