It is expected that Steve McClaren will be fired on Monday, after crisis meetings took place yesterday between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley after Newcastle lost their 3rd game in as row and fifth of the last six against Bournemouth – and our players figuratively threw in the towel and basically gave up in the game.
That display and the furious reaction of the crowd, who turned on head coach Steve McClaren, have made his tenure at the club untenable and there were numerous reports last night that he will be fired today.
David Moyes – Mike Ashley´s first choice
What is not clear is how long it will take Newcastle to appoint a successor before next Monday´s game at Leicester City – and there are two ways the club could go.
They could appoint a short-term manager through the end of the season and candidates for that include former Newcastle coach Pearson and former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.
The other way is to sign up an experienced manager on a long term contract – and it still seems that Mike Ashley´s first choice former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes.
But David Moyes will come with certain pre-conditions, with the main one being that he will want a manager´s job where he will have control of transfers into the club.
That would mean Ashley would have to change the way he has run the club via a Board, with Chief Scout Graham Carr effectively acting as the Director of Football and controlling transfers into the club.
Graham has assumed that position over the last few years in the void of leadership at the senior levels of the club.
That will be a test of how willing Mike Ashley is to change the way the club has been run over the last nine years – and let´s face it – it has never been a successful.
David Moyes would not come cheap either with estimates that he would ask for £4M a year – much more than Steve McClaren was receiving.
So according to news reports last night expect an announcement today that Steve McClaren has been fired.
When he will be replaced, we have no idea, but young Ian Cathro and maybe goalkeeping coach Simon Smith could be retained to provide some continuity at the coaching level.