Steve McClaren has sent a Christmas Day email out to Newcastle fans.

The latest email wishing us all festive greetings and assures us that the players are out on the training pitch today, whilst the rest of us lie in bed waiting for the pubs to open…

The serious business starts again tomorrow, let’s hope the players don’t spoil our Christmas!

Steve McClaren’s Christmas Day email:

‘Merry Christmas

From all at Newcastle United

Dear xxxxx,

On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas.

The support you have given me, my staff and the players so far this season has been absolutely fantastic. We wanted to let you know how much we all appreciate it.

We are working hard on the training pitch today to be ready for the visit of Everton tomorrow and with you behind us, we are aiming to build on our results over the last few weeks against a very good side.

Have a great day and may I extend my best wishes to you for 2016 as we look to make St. James’ Park a fortress together.

Merry Christmas!

Steve McClaren’