Steve McClaren’s time at Newcastle looks to be up, with the Magpies finally losing patience with their failing manager.
According to the Guardian, Mike Ashley will announce the sacking in the next 48 hours and this decision can’t come as a surprise.
McClaren took over and talked of guiding the side to the top eight of the Premier League and leading the club to a cup triumph, but he fell wide of the mark.
Newcastle are languishing in 19th in the top-flight and have only won five of their 28 top-flight outings.
Since the January transfer window closed, despite blowing £29.5m on three players, the Magpies have lost four of their five league games and look in real danger of dropping into the Championship.
The former England manager also fell short of his plan to bring cup glory to Tyneside, exiting both the FA Cup and the League Cup in the third round.
Getting rid of McClaren would be an understandable decision by the Newcastle board, but they need to think wisely when appointing a successor.
David Moyes, Rafa Benitez and Nigel Pearson are the main names being linked with the St James’ Park dugout, but the north east side should look towards someone nobody is talking about.
Dick Advocaat arrived at Sunderland in the middle of March last season after the sacking of Gus Poyet and was tasked with keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League.
The experienced Dutch manager guided his new side to three wins in their remaining nine matches, including in the Tyne/Wear derby, and only lost three to secure the north-east outfit’s top-flight status.
Advocaat’s passionate attitude immediately warmed him to those in the Stadium of Light and many credit this for their turnaround, with this type of approach exactly what Newcastle need.
A short-term deal would guarantee safety for the Magpies, while allowing the retired manager to only go back into work for a brief time and return to a part of the world he loves.