Newcastle goalkeepers Shay Given and Steve Harper have backed under-fire boss Sam Allardyce amid reports that there hasd been a player revolt at St James’ Park.
Given denied claims that he had led a delegation in a showdown meeting with Allardyce.
A statement read: “The story that has appeared is total and utter nonsense.
“Sam Allardyce has the full backing and support of every Newcastle United player and we are all working together as one to bring success to the club.
“Many issues are discussed between players and the manager, as is commonplace at any club.
“Far from that being ‘player power’ or any other ridiculous description, this is sensible and constructive communication and a key part of the process of helping to build a stronger football club which will also take us forward.”
Allardyce admits his job is on the line after a dismal run of results.
Allardyce said: “There’s no point beating around the bush. Yes, I’m under the cosh and, yes, I’ve got to get results sooner rather than later.
“We’re having a bad time in terms of results, but it can be turned around as quickly as it’s gone bad.”
Allardyce has also had to cope with speculation that former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is being lined up to replace him.
“If Alan decides to take my job, I hope it’ll be when I’ve decided to leave because I’ve made the club successful,” continued Alllardyce.
“And he’ll be taking over a club that I’ve improved significantly, like what happened with Sammy Lee and Bolton, but if it’s the other way then you have to live with it.”
Allardyce brushed off suggestions he had spoken with some senior Newcastle players who were unhappy with his methods.
He said: “My private discussions with players and staff are exactly that.
“Players are not happy about a lot of the stuff I do because they’re players and I’m the manager.
“I’m the man who knows what’s right for them and I know it more than they do. That’s why I sit in this chair. It’s immaterial.
“When you’re having a bad time there are always elements and factors trying to make a big deal of things.
“Today’s politically correct society believes that that’s a disruption, but that’s an everyday occurrence as a manager.
“Somebody will have a problem with something or other, whether it’s how you go about the week, wanting to play, off the field. There’s always something a player doesn’t like. Some of it sneaks into the papers.
“Whoever did it might think it’s making a point, but it will only make me more resilient and stronger. I just find it disappointing it ends up in the paper, but that’s life.”