Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has agreed a deal to replace Steve McClaren as Newcastle United manager, according to reports in Spain.
McClaren is on the brink of losing his job after the 3-1 loss to Bournemouth at St James Park last weekend saw them stay 19th in the Premier League table.
The former England manager held talks with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley over telephone on Wednesday and managed to stay in the job for the time being.
With McClaren’s position under threat, a number of high-profile managers have been linked with replacing the 54-year-old.
But according to Spanish radio station Cadena Copa, Benitez has agreed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss before the end of the season.
The Spaniard spent six years in England in a successful spell with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in his first season as manager.
He also managed Chelsea on an interim basis, and has been without a club since being sacked by Real Madrid in January.
Despite being under huge pressure, McClaren is expected to lead training with his player today ahead for further talks with Charnley.
According to The Daily Mail, McClaren has been angered by his perceived mistreatment by the club and chose to drive home instead of meeting with Charnley after training on Wednesday.
Newcastle have only eight games remaining to avoid relegation to The Championship, and they face Premier League leaders Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday.