Brendan Rodgers leads ex-Premier League bosses in odds to replace McClaren at Newcastle

Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup are among the familiar names being linked with Steve McClaren's job at Newcastle United.

A report in the Guardian claims time is running out for Steve McClaren as Newcastle United head coach.

The Magpies were comprehensively beaten 5-1 at Chelsea on Saturday, a result which saw them return to the Premier League's bottom three.

After spending close to £30 million on transfers this winter, as reported by the Chronicle, it is perhaps no surprise that questions are being asked of McClaren's suitability for the role.

And according to Ladbrokes, a number of familiar names are in line to replace the former England manager. Here are the most notable:

Tony Pulis

The West Bromwich Albion boss admitted after losing to Newcastle last week his team are in a relegation battle of their own, as cited by the Independent. His team have since restored their eight-point advantage over the Magpies, but could the Welshman, who is at 10/1, fancy a new challenge?

Harry Redknapp

Now 68, and out of work since leaving Queens Park Rangers a year ago, this would in all likelihood be Redknapp's swansong in football. He turned down the Magpies eight years ago, or so he told the BBC, but is 10/1 to end up on Tyneside.

Nicky Butt

Butt is perhaps a surprise name to be at such short odds (also 10/1) given his lack of management experience and the fact that he was appointed head of Manchester United's academy on Monday. The 41-year-old played for the club for six years, but spent one of those on loan to Birmingham City.

Michael Laudrup

The Lekhwiya boss won the Capital One Cup with Swansea before things turned sour and he moved to the Middle East. He is third on the list at 8/1.

David Moyes

After a spell in the doldrums following his dismissal by Real Sociedad in October, the former Manchester United manager has been quite vocal of late - usually the sign of a person hoping for a return to work. Moyes is currently second favourite at 7/2.

Brendan Rodgers

The Ulsterman was sacked by Liverpool in October recently spoke to Swansea about a return to the Liberty Stadium, but told the BBC: "I wasn't going to be available to come into a club before the summer." Despite this, he is the 5/2 favourite.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson told the Express: "Defeat to Chelsea may have been the death knell for McClaren at Newcastle and ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers is the front-runner for the St James' Park gig."

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