Newcastle United have sacked Steve McClaren as their manager with immediate effect after the growing pressure following a poor string of results. The news was confirmed by club’s official twitter account with official statement from The Toons.
McClaren sacked by Newcastle
Following the sacking, Newcastle Director Lee Charnley released a statement which read: “I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.
“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.
“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.
“A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”
Benitez favorite for the Newcastle Job
As per Daily Mail and other leading British sources, former Chelsea ad Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is in line to get the job at St. James Park.
Benitez has been working on an angle to return to Premier League since getting sacked as Real Madrid boss in January.
His ideal move would have been to join his former side Liverpool. but considering Jurgen Klopp’s great work at Anfield, that will not be a possibility for a while now.
Benitez’s representatives pushed Newcastle for an official meeting with the Spaniard, and it is believed that, it ended up being the real reason why McClaren has been sacked immediately.
According to Sky Sports, McClaren spoke privately with the club Director Lee Charnley on Wednesday, where he was given the vote of confidence to remain in the job despite poor results.
However, we saw earlier in the season how Jose Mourinho was sacked following a vote of confidence from Chelsea. Add to that, Benitez’s availability meant that Newcastle United had one last chance to avoid relegation this season with only 10 games remaining.
An official announcement on Benitez’s appointment could follow in coming hours before the manager is officially unveiled.
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