Friday’s Daily Mail included an item from Craig Hope (above) claiming that embattled Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren would be terminated if his squad comes up short tomorrow against AFC Bournemouth. Following a post-training session press conference Friday, McClaren tore into Hope, as The Mirror’s Simon Bird details :

The United boss was pursued out of his press conference by an angry reporter who shouted at the former Boro and England chief: “He’s been out of his depth since the minute he walked in.”

McClaren said: “It’s done by a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle, a journalist who used to work at this club and who four or five years ago was released from this club.”

After McClaren concluded the press conference he was told by the reporter: “Don’t you dare accuse me of having an agenda.”

“You are second bottom of the league. Is this your latest excuse? You’re the problem not me.

“Walk away Steve, smile, grin.”