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Magpies in move for McClaren to halt slide

By Robert Jones

Derby County's failure to secure a play-off spot has prompted Newcastle United to make their move to appoint Steve McClaren as manager as a chaotic season on Tyneside threatens to spiral out of control.

The Magpies' bid to avoid joining Derby in the Sky Bet Championship next term took another battering when Leicester City romped to a 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with stand-in boss John Carver accusing his squad of lacking the bottle for a relegation scrap.

An eighth consecutive defeat prompted Carver to suggest that Mike Williamson had got himself sent off deliberately - a slur the defender denied - before adding: "If someone was having a go at me I would want to prove a point - and I have had a lot of that over the last few weeks.

"I ain't crumbled, I ain't disappeared. I still come out here and stand up to be counted. It is important. I am not a shirker.

"I am an honest, straight guy and face it head-on. The day I don't do that, I may as well forget it. The players have to be the same. They have to face up.

"If they don't grow up and take it on the chin - go and hide behind a post."

Newcastle host West Bromwich Albion next weekend and travel to QPR before finishing their season with a home clash against West Ham United - but it could be McClaren, not Carver, in the dugout as club bosses attempt to stop the rot before it's too late.

McClaren's Derby side fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Reading, their end-of-season slump culminating in an eighth-place finish which saw them miss out on the play-offs by a single point.

Norwich City, Middlesbrough, Brentford United and Ipswich Town will fight it out for the right to join Championship winners Bournemouth and runners-up Watford in the Premier League.

DERBY County's failure to secure a play-off spot has prompted Newcastle United to make their move to appoint Steve McClaren as manager as a chaotic season on Tyneside threatens to spiral out of control.

The Magpies' bid to avoid joining Derby in the Sky Bet Championship next term took another battering when Leicester City romped to a 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, with stand-in boss John Carver accusing his squad of lacking the bottle for a relegation scrap.

An eighth consecutive defeat prompted Carver to suggest that Mike Williamson had got himself sent off deliberately - a slur the defender denied - before adding: "If someone was having a go at me I would want to prove a point - and I have had a lot of that over the last few weeks.

"I ain't crumbled, I ain't disappeared. I still come out here and stand up to be counted. It is important. I am not a shirker.

"I am an honest, straight guy and face it head-on. The day I don't do that, I may as well forget it. The players have to be the same. They have to face up.

"If they don't grow up and take it on the chin - go and hide behind a post."

Newcastle host West Bromwich Albion next weekend and travel to QPR before finishing their season with a home clash against West Ham United - but it could be McClaren, not Carver, in the dugout as club bosses attempt to stop the rot before it's too late.

McClaren's Derby side fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Reading, their end-of-season slump culminating in an eighth-place finish which saw them miss out on the play-offs by a single point.

Norwich City, Middlesbrough, Brentford United and Ipswich Town will fight it out for the right to join Championship winners Bournemouth and runners-up Watford in the Premier League.

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