Report: Lucien Favre is one of three foreign-based managers linked with Newcastle

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Newcastle United are considering their options.

According to The Sun, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley held a meeting on Monday to discuss under-fire boss Steve McClaren’s future and highlighted seven potential replacements.

The report claims aside from figures such as Nigel Pearson, Harry Redknapp, Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, trio Lucien Favre, Christophe Galtier and Raddy Antic were also discussed.

The Magpies currently find themselves in 19th position in the table and facing the realistic prospect of playing next season in the Championship, only 10 months on from last season’s final day escape.

McClaren is under huge amounts of pressure following a run of poor results, and last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth was seemingly the point which tipped supporters over the edge.

The fans want change, and speculation in the media suggests one could be on the way shortly.

That said, according to a recent report in the Northern Echo, Mike Ashley seems reluctant to rid McClaren of his services without having his ideal replacement ready to take over with immediate effect.

As such, a number of candidates have been discussed, and Newcastle’s options have broadened beyond the UK with Favre, Galtier and Antic mentioned.

Favre is currently the more favourable option due to being out of work following his resignation as manager of Borussia Monchengladbach, only a matter of months after guiding them to 3rd place in the Bundesliga.

Galtier is currently in charge of St. Etienne while Antic is also unemployed but with a startling CV which includes having stints in charge of La Liga giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

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