HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club Steve McClaren's future at Derby County is shrouded in doubt, with Real Madrid's Paul Clement being lined up to replace him.
McClaren recently committed his future to Derby after he turned down the opportunity to take charge of struggling Premier League outfit Newcastle United.
Former England boss McClaren had figured prominently on Newcastle's wanted list of candidates ever since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace in December.
McClaren was thought to be offered the chance earlier this month to take charge of Newcastle for the final three matches of the season, as they looked to the former Middlesbrough manager to steer them to survival.
However, McClaren informed Derby officials he had no plans to take charge of the Magpies and planned to stay at Derby and lead their promotion bid next season.
However, HITC Sports understands Derby are ready to call time on McClaren's tenure after a disastrous run of form at the back end of the season put paid to their promotion hopes.
Clement's own future at Real Madrid is in doubt as speculation surrounds Carlo Ancelotti's position at the Bernabeu, with the Spanish giants ending the season without any silverware.
Clement, who has been Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Real, is thought to be keen to move into management in his own right and a number of clubs in England are thought to be admirers of the highly-rated coach.