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Published: 13:14 | 6/3/16

Hall: McClaren must go

Former Toon owner calls for sacking

Newcastle United should sack manager Steve McClaren, according to the club's former owner, John Hall.

The Magpies suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, leaving the Toon in the Premier League's second-from-bottom spot.

With Newcastle having lost eight of their last 11 outings, Hall encouraged current owner Mike Ashley to part company with the former England boss.

"You need change," Hall told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme. "Steve is not getting them to play, and it's probably time that he goes.

"You've got to find someone to harness the team.

"I'm like every fan - utterly depressed. If I were Mike Ashley, I would be tearing my hair out.

"Something is not right there. Mike Ashley has put money in, and they are not gelling.

"It's got to come down to management. I would have someone in mind to bring in. At this moment, we are prime candidates for relegation."

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes has been suggested as a potential replacement for McClaren.

"I'm out of touch with the managers but you need someone who can motivate the players and change the tactics," said Hall.

"Moyes is a nice fella. Whether he has got the strength of character, I don't know. But I say again to the fans - you've got to get behind them, it's no good booing - that won't help.

"We should not be in this position and we should be asking why."

Newcastle are sitting on 24 points, which is their lowest amassed total at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

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