Sir John Hall comments on the prospect of Moyes replacing McClaren at Newcastle

Newcastle United remain firmly in a relegation scrap with matches running out.

Former Newcastle United owner Sir John Hall has been speaking to the BBC about the managerial situation at the Magpies.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Hall made it clear what he thought of current Newcastle manager Steve McClaren as well as one of the men tipped to replace him, David Moyes.

“Steve is not getting them to play and it’s probably time he goes,” Hall said. “You’ve got to find someone to harness the team.”

Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League with just 10 matches remaining.

Their 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday was the latest humiliating result in a campaign full of them and the Magpies’ defence came under increasing pressure as they failed to add to the four clean sheets they have managed all season.

That said, the ongoing struggles of the teams around them mean Newcastle are still only one point from safety with their future very much in their own hands.

However, if they keep shipping goals and slipping to defeats McClaren’s time could be up sooner rather than later.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes could be the answer, but Hall was honest in his appraisal of the Scot.

“Moyes is a nice fella,” he said. “Whether he has got the strength of character, I don’t know. But I say again to the fans – you’ve got to get behind them; it’s no good booing, that won’t help.”

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