Steve McClaren reportedly wants to wait before becoming Newcastle manager.
McClaren watched on in disbelief on Saturday as Derby capitulated at home to Reading on the final day of the Championship season, losing 3-0 at the iPro Stadium to kill off any hopes of a play-off campaign for the Rams - just months after they were considered to be a favourite to win the division.
The Magpies are in turmoil right now, with eight defeats in a row under interim boss John Carver - and Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Leicester City was a particular low point given that Newcastle ended the game with just nine men.
Newcastle are now just two points clear of the relegation zone and in serious danger of dropping into the bottom three, and that Daily Mail report suggests that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants McClaren to join immediately rather than in the summer in a bid to guarantee survival.
However, The Sun report that even though Derby's season is now over, McClaren is sceptical over the possibility of taking over at St. James' Park immediately, as he would be expected to keep the club in the top flight rather than be given time to mould his side.
The situation is likely to develop in the coming days, with Newcastle clearly plummeting under Carver - and McClaren may well be talked into the move yet.