Changing the manager at Newcastle may not be a silver bullet and when a change is made it doesn’t always lead to saving the club from relegation or an instant turnaround.
But there have been cases too when it has helped – Sunderland were saved last year by bringing in Dick Advocaat and he used all his experience to get them out of trouble.
And Sam Allardyce is doing the same thing right now with the Black Cats.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – will choose next manager?
Crystal Palace have been saved the last two seasons by bringing in Tony Pulis and then Alan Pardew when they were in the relegation zone and both managers did exceptionally well in moving Palace up the table.
When you look at who is available if Steve McClaren is fired, there are three that come to mind and are available – because we don’t think thrifty Mike Ashley will pay compensation to get a manager out of his contract at another club and into Newcastle.
He only likes getting compensation when he effectively sells his manager to another club – which is what he did in early January with Alan Pardew.
Here are three possible managers for Newcastle who are available.
52 year-old David Moyes was often thought to be the perfect manager for Newcastle while he was at Everton because he had them in the top six quite a few times when little money was available at the Goodison Park club.
But since he left Everton in the summer of 2013 he’s had two failures – one well documented with Manchester United after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson and another recently at Real Sociedad.
Mike Ashley has tried to get David to Newcastle a couple of times according to reports and maybe that’s the main reason why he may be the one to take over from McClaren – if he leaves.
David stands no nonsense with players and is a good motivator and man-manager.
42 year-old Brendan Rodgers has just lost his job at Liverpool and he would probably be a popular choice with Newcastle fans because he plays very good football – possession football – something Steve McClaren has been trying at Newcastle with limited success.
He has had his failures notably at Reading, when he made a very bad start there back in 2009, and was fired after six months with a record of 23 games played with only six wins and 11 defeats.
But after his Swansea and Liverpool experiences since then he has become a much more experienced and savvy manager and still very young at 42.
He would be a popular choice at Newcastle because he plays good attacking football which is great to watch.
Steven Gerrard recently said Brendan was the best one on one manager he had ever worked with.
52 year-old Nigel Pearson was hired by Glenn Roeder at Newcastle in 2007 as assistant manager and he left a year later after Kevin Keegan was appointed as the Newcastle manager for a second time to replace the fired Sam Allardyce.
He has been manager of Leicester City twice and pulled off one of the great escape acts of all time in the Premier League when over the last nine games of last season he got seven wins and a draw – 22 points.
In the previous 29 games, Leicester had only 19 points so yes – miracles are still possible in today’s world
But Nigel can be a fiery personality who stands no nonsense from his players and he may be too big a personality for Newcastle in the Mike Ashley regime.
He was at odds at Leicester City with Thai Billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha last summer before he was surprisingly fired – even after the great escape act he pulled off for the club.
At the moment, Leicester are top of the Premier League so Nigel has left some legacy there.
So there are three possibilities to take over at Newcastle if Steve McClaren is fired.
Who would you prefer – and why?