Relegation-threatened Newcastle United have been told it is “time for action and accountability” in a strongly worded letter from fans criticising boss Steve McClaren and his players.

The Magpies are 19th in the Premier League after three straight defeats.

The club’s board met on Monday to discuss the situation, with McClaren expected to take training on Tuesday.

“Someone has to be accountable and decisions must be made,” said the statement from the NUFC Fans’ Forum.

“What Newcastle fans want is a team of 11 players in black and white shirts that understand their role to perform to their maximum – week in, week out.

“We have entrusted the board of NUFC to ensure that the right personnel are in place to carry out this basic expectation.”

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