The Newcastle United boss is coming under increased pressure at St James' Park.
According to a report from the Chronicle, Newcastle United will only sack manager Steve McClaren if a suitable alternative becomes available and at the moment it is being claimed that any such recruitment is not at an advanced enough stage to see the current Magpies boss move on.
Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League with 24 points from 28 matches, and while they are only one point behind 17th-placed Sunderland and have a game in hand, the fear is the Magpies are on a downward spiral that will not be rectified without a change at the top.
Despite Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, the Chronicle claims Magpies managing director Lee Charnley considers making a change at this point in the season a last resort. However his hand may be forced with owner Mike Ashley’s men allegedly suggesting McClaren’s position was all but untenable after the latest setback.
There is no doubt Newcastle will be an attractive option to a whole host of managers, both those currently out of work and those seeking a change. The question is: Just when do Newcastle take the plunge and will their choice save them or be remembered as too little too late?