Newcastle have today confirmed the departure of manager Steve McClaren.
McClaren, 54, was appointed Magpies boss last summer having left Derby County, where his push for promotion from the Championship had collapsed in the second half of last season.
Newcastle still appointed him anyway, and having narrowly escaped relegation under John Carver on the final day of last season, there was some optimism that McClaren would reverse Newcastle's fortunes.
Unfortunately for the former Middlesbrough boss, there has been little change on Tyneside, and even after splashing the cash on players like Chancel Mbemba, Jonjo Shelvey, Georginio Wijnaldum, Henri Saivet, Andros Townsend and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle remain in the bottom three.
Speculation has surrounded McClaren's future at St. James' Park ever since the 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, and ahead of Monday's trip to face Leicester City, Newcastle have confirmed on their official website that McClaren has gone.
The former England, Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest boss leaves with a dismal win rate of 22%, claiming just seven victories in 31 games in charge of the Magpies, leaving them second bottom of the Premier League table.
The search for a new manager now begins for Newcastle, with Sky Sports reporting that both David Moyes and Rafael Benitez are on their short list.
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