New­cas­tle poised to sack man­ager McCLaren

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Steve McClaren's fu­ture at New­cas­tle United re­mained in a state of dam­ag­ing limbo on Mon­day night al­though the for­mer Eng­land coach is ex­pected to be sacked within the next 48 hours. On Mon­day New­cas­tle's board met to for­malise cri­sis talks which had be­gun on Sun­day af­ter the 3-1 sur­ren­der the day be­fore against Bournemouth at St James' Park.

McClaren is still sched­uled to take train­ing on Tues­day morn­ing. Lee Charn­ley, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Gra­ham Carr, the chief scout, and the club am­bas­sador, Bob Mon­cur, met in York where al­ter­na­tives to McClaren were dis­cussed and a process of "due dili­gence" be­gan on the po­ten­tial of cer­tain can­di­dates to lead an es­cape from rel­e­ga­tion.

Two no­table ab­sen­tees were Mike Ash­ley, the owner, who re­mained in Lon­don but will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion, and McClaren, whose po­si­tion as a di­rec­tor has al­ways been some­what se­man­tic. Keith Bishop, a key ad­viser to Ash­ley, is said to have been in fre­quent con­tact with Charn­ley, who has been re­luc­tant to dis­miss McClaren and was not pre­pared to rush into a hasty sack­ing.

De­spite New­cas­tle be­ing se­cond bot­tom of the Premier League there is be­lieved to be no lack of out-of-work man­agers in­ter­ested in the po­ten­tial va­cancy.

Their num­ber is un­der­stood to in­clude two for­mer Liverpool man­agers, Rafa Ben­itez and Brendan Rodgers, and the for­mer Ever­ton coach David Moyes. With the for­mer Le­ices­ter man­ager Nigel Pear­son also avail­able New­cas­tle have much to ponder.

Even so, time is short and the prospect of los­ing count­less mil­lions by miss­ing out on the next tele­vi­sion deal could yet prompt Ash­ley to reach a swift de­ci­sion, iden­ti­fy­ing a coach he be­lieves ca­pa­ble of bring­ing the best out of an un­der­per­form­ing squad. It ap­pears Ay­oze Perez feels some form of change is im­per­a­tive.

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