Steve McClaren has officially been sacked by Newcastle, the club website has confirmed.
The Magpies board have spent the last week assessing McClaren’s future as head coach, following the 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Bournemouth.
That result left the Tyneside club in second-bottom place in the table, one point off safety and with a game in hand over all their closest rivals.
Survival is still a possibility, but changes need to be made quickly, and the board have decided that parting company with McClaren was the wisest choice.
There are no confirmations as to his successor, but Rafa Benitez is expected to take charge of the Magpies in the coming days.
The Spaniard will be tasked with leading Newcastle away from the relegation zone, improving upon the tally of just six wins this season, with 10 games of the campaign left.
Lee Charnley spoke following the release of McClaren, saying: “: "I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.”
Following the release of the news, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to react to McClaren’s sacking, with many agreeing with the decision.
However, the rumoured appointment of Rafa Benitez has not been met with completely positive reaction, with some suggesting that the playing squad are just not good enough to stay in the top flight
Didn't want McClaren, didn't want Carver, didn't want Pardew. Do want Benitez, big time. Football's a strange game. #nufc— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) March 11, 2016
Is the situation at the club ideal?— AJ (@AJBoxeo) March 11, 2016
no...but McClaren bottled the job, fielded negative line ups with negative tactics.#nufc
But why would Rafa take over a sinking ship, feel for Steve McClaren. Impossible job that— Bittah Bandit (@izism_msizi) March 11, 2016
McClaren a soft touch and players do walk all over him. They need a manager who keeps the players more grounded.— Lewis Johnston (@FanFFC) March 11, 2016
McClaren’s failure stemmed from being too nice to incumbent players. Tried to build on top of a rotten core when squad needed surgery #nufc— Peter Mathenge (@petemathenge) March 11, 2016
McClaren gone then. Can't help but think 10 games isn't going to be enough to save us or where 5 or 6 wins are going to come from #nufc— Gary Willis (@GaryWillis1711) March 11, 2016
Dunno if it's because Pardew being manager was sheer torture that I liked McClaren and have sympathy for him but he wasn't up to the job— Dave Ellis (@DaveJEllis9) March 11, 2016
The way McClaren was sacked was shameful, but he can't say he deserved to keep his job. His record was abysmal #bbcsportsday— Joel McInally (@JoelMcInally) March 11, 2016
Tiny bit of sympathy for Steve McClaren. Given probably the worst job in management but #NUFC are a club you can't turn down.— George Essex (@OfficialEssex24) March 11, 2016
Rafa's not going to inspire that bunch of no hopers any more than McClaren did— James Fenton (@fentonjames16) March 11, 2016
While McClaren probably deserved to go, the way Newcastle have handled is sacking has been awful— Matt Harris (@MattHarris6) March 11, 2016