Brendan Rodgers Reported Close To Replacing McClaren

The Shields Gazette are reporting today that one of the managers Newcastle are considering bringing in if they fire Steve McClaren is former Swansea and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Gazette is reporting it´s their understanding that Rodgers is being seriously considered if McClaren cannot turn things around in the next couple of games.

That would presumably mean taking at least 4 points from the Stoke and Bournemouth games.

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Brendan Rodgers – first choice to replace McClaren?

Steve McClaren has presided over Newcastle´s worst season ever in the Premier League and that´s after a massive £80M has been spent on players.

That´s the most Newcastle have ever spent in one season by a country mile and this is what we have done this season and where we are positioned in the Premier League.

It´s not good and we are four points and four places worse off than in our relegation year of 2009.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Looking at that table it´s absolutely crucial we beat Bournemouth at home on March 5th.

If we are to survive Newcastle must act decisively if McClaren and his staff cannot soon turn things around and start winning a string of games.

Newcastle may have already missed a golden opportunity to bring in a new manager earlier this week, before the week-long warm weather training in southern Spain and our next game being two weeks away at Stoke.

The other manager we are being linked with is David Moyes but according to the Gazette Brendan Rodgers is the number one choice.

At the very least we would have expected Lee Charnley to have contacted the agents of at least a couple of managers to ask if they would be keen to take over at Newcastle should the club decide to part ways with Steve McClaren.

Other managers we have been linked with are former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and former Leicester City manager and Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson.

Like Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis, Nigel has saved some sides from relegation including famously doing that last season with Leicester.

The Foxes were bottom of the league with just 19 points from 29 games and they won seven of the last nine game, including a 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle.

That was the greatest escape in Premier League history and now look where they are under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

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