English Premier League club, Newcastle United has issued a statement announcing that coach Steve McClaren has been relieved of his position.
The erstwhile England boss, who took over managerial affairs at St James’ Park in June 2015, was sacked as a result of the Magpies’ deteriorating form, having recorded just one win in their last six matches.
Reports have put former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez in pole position to take over from the 54-year-old, as the club as promised to announce the new-man-in charge in due course.
Read below, full statement from the club:
“After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the club will end with immediate effect.
“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”