Steve McClaren’s future as Newcastle United manager may be decided on Monday, with David Moyes reported to be in line to take over at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are yet to comment on the position of McClaren, who insisted he would “fight on” in the wake of Saturday’s abject 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth.
But the signs on Tyneside are that owner Mike Ashley could be set to act in a desperate bid to give the club a lifeline in their increasingly desperate battle to beat the drop.
Several newspapers have reported McClaren is set to be sacked, with Moyes widely reported to be Newcastle’s preferred choice to replace him, though several other potential candidates have been mentioned.
Former owner Sir John Hall – from whom Ashley bought his controlling stake in the club in 2007 – is the latest to call for McClaren to go.
Hall told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “Ashley’s got to step back, it’s his responsibility, he has put the cash in, and it hasn’t happened. So he’s got to put a rescue plan in.
“I would be inclined to say to the manager ‘It’s time to go’ and bring somebody else in.”
McClaren was subjected to a torrent of abuse from the stands at St James’ Park, and one supporter hurled his season ticket on to the roof of the dug-out as he walked out in disgust.
Asked if the players were hurting, McClaren told the club’s official website: “I hope so because it hurts me. I don’t like it. We have to get back on the training ground and put it right. The good thing is we have got 10 games to go.”