20th July 2019



19th October 2015

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said he has had "enormous support from within the club" despite his side's difficult start to the season.

The Magpies finally secured their first league win at the ninth attempt as they thrashed Norwich 6-2 on Sunday.

And McClaren is understood to have the full support of owner Mike Ashley.

McClaren said: "You are going to get protests and people not happy when you change the coaches. There is so much potential, but still a long way to go."

The former England manager's only win before the game was in the League Cup against Northampton.

That said, Newcastle face Sunderland next time in the Tyne-Wear derby a fixture they have lost the last six times!

With Sam Allardyce seeing Sunderland lose his fisrt game in charge at West brom - with just one shot on target in 90 minutes, Newcastle fans will be hoping for a change of fortune.

Newcastle were odds-on for the drop before Sunday but are now 13/8 shots. Sunderland have shortened to 1/4 with Villa 4/7.

The problem if you back Villa is the prospect that Tim Sherwood will be replaced by Brendan Rodgers in the near future.

You would have to think Norwich - whose only wins have come against fellow strugglers look over priced at 2s and Bournemouth face a long season with a paper thin squad. The fact that they missed three key players on saturday was underlined with a thumping.

Allardyce has never been relegated from the Premier League and is now the 8th longest serving manager in its history by number of games. We'd rather back Sunderland to stay up than go down.

All in all Norwich look a great bet for the drop at 2s they could well be odds-on in a week or two.