Steve McClaren may see the season out at Newcastle, but if we just scrape by and survive relegation for a second season running, Steve may face the fate that befell John Carver last season, when John was sacked a couple of weeks after the season ended.
And then the question would be who would Newcastle bring in – and remember that’s been a Board decision that Mike Ashley made very clear in his Sky Sports interview last May – and he was not involved in either the John Carver or Steve McClaren appointments.
Manuel Pellegrini – next Newcastle manager?
Those last two appointments have been little less than disastrous for the club, so maybe Mike Ashley should be more involved in making sure the appointment is an ambitious one and it could be time to get away from appointing only English managers?
If Mike is really to keep the club then surely he wants Newcastle to be more successful and not be fighting relegation next season for the third season running – always assuming we can survive this season.
As far as we know we are not being linked with Manual Pellegrini of Manchester City, who will leave the club as Pep Guardiola comes in for next season, but Manuel would be a terrific signing for us.
The 62 year-old is a very experienced manager who can get the best out of players and given the squad we could have at the start of next season, given say another £80M spent in the transfer market this summer – he could certainly get Newcastle up that league table.
That would be by no means certain if we keep Steve McClaren in the job.
Given what Leicester have done this season after they only just survived relegation last season then Manuel could even have us do a Leicester City next season.
But there will be some big clubs after Pellegrini, who will have done himself no harm at all in the way he has managed City over the last three seasons and kept a certain dignity after the Manchester club announced Pep Guardiola would take over next season.
Manuel could be told that Newcastle want to start fighting for a top six position again and he could have a say in who comes in over the summer months.
The Chilean certainly has lots of experience and has managed 13 clubs since starting his coaching career back in 1988.
Other managers who would possibly still be available include David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and even Jose Mourinho.
No – Jose wouldn’t come to Newcastle even though former manager Sir Bobby Robson taught him everything he knows about coaching.