Steve McClaren’s employment at Newcastle United has been terminated. After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the club said in a statement it has spent some time considering its position and on Friday concluded that McClaren’s time with the club will end with immediate effect. The Magpies acknowledged that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for the beleaguered coach and the players.
Toon Managing Director Lee Charnley says: ‘I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time. Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks. We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future. A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.’
Rafael Benitez is the hot favourite to take the hot seat on Tyneside. The north east club is next in action on Monday in the English Premier League at league leaders Leicester City.