The Newcastle United manager, Steve McClaren, has pleaded with the Club’s board to change their transfer policy – or risk relegation to the Championship.
McClaren, who was appointed in the summer having been sacked from his post at Derby County, has struggled at St James’ Park, with the Magpies 17th in the league standings.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to mid-table Crystal Palace, managed by former Toon boss Alan Pardew, McClaren is set to wield the axe on several of his under-performing players.
Club stalwart Fabricio Coloccini and French international Moussa Sissoko are two of the names in the frame to leave in January – as McClaren loks to lower the age of signings, to players under 24 years of age.
In a summer in which they spent £50m on new players, only Chancel Mbemba and Georginio Wijnaldum have been successes on Tyneside.
Reports emerging from the club suggest that the players no longer want to play under the former Middlesbrough manager – who despite the poor form, his job is not under pressure as of yet.
Following the home hammering to high-flying Leicester City, McClaren openly gave his own man criticism of their recent performances.