Newcastle players are backing McLaren – Janmaat

Newcastle United manager Steve McLaren’s job is on the line after the Magpies’ 5-1 English Premier League loss to Crystal Palace.

The defeat at Selhurst Park was followed by a week of training ground bust-ups and talk of player unrest.

But St James’ Park defender Daryl Janmaat insisted that McLaren has not lost the dressing room, and urged owner Mike Ashley to give him time to set things right.

“He came in the summer with a lot of ambitions,” said the Netherlands international.

“We bought some new players in and we all expected more from the start of the season.

“It’s disappointing and I understand that but there are still 24 games to go.”

McLaren’s position is under increasing scrutiny after just less than six months since he replaced John Carver.

However, the Newcastle board are prepared to give the 54-year-old more time, despite his side being second from bottom in the Premier League.

And Janmaat has sympathy for McLaren, who has won just two league games so far this season.

He added: “For him, it is hard as well.

“All of us are determined to put things right.”

Newcastle face tough tests next with a home clash with Liverpool and an away trip to Tottenham Hotspur, and will need to win at least one of these games to avoid remaining in the relegation zone when they host 20th-placed Aston Villa.

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