With Newcastle United sitting second from bottom in the Premier League and staring at the possibility of relegation, the club hierarchy are reportedly considering a change at the managerial level, with some big names lined up to potentially replace Steve McLaren.
Newcastle United are involved in the battle of their lives to avoid relegation this season. The Magpies are currently languishing in 19th place, ahead of only Aston Villa, who are all but certain to go down to the Championship.
McLaren’s side have the joint second lowest goal tally of the season, along with Swansea City, having scored just 28 times this campaign. They have also conceded a massive 53 goals this season, behind only fellow relegation candidates Villa, Sunderland and Norwich City.
Former England manager Steve McClaren has been at the helm of affairs throughout this disappointing season, but the Newcastle United board could be forced to make a change before it is too late. They stand to lose millions if they are relegated this year, with the new TV deal kicking in next year.
Time to call in the big boys
Newcastle United have no financial difficulties to speak of, having recently been ranked 17th in the Deloitte list of the 20 richest clubs in the world.
According to reports in the Guardian, Newcastle United could be poised to bring in a very familiar face as their new manager. Among the top candidates are former Manchester United manager David Moyes, former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez, ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson.
All of these managers have had varying degrees of success in the Premier League, with Moyes, Benitez and Rodgers having managed the elite clubs in the division. They are all currently unemployed and could take up the job immediately, if given the right offer. It is believed that Moyes and Rodgers are being looked at as favourites to land the job.