• Under-fire Steve McClaren looks poised to be sacked by Newcastle United 
  • The club’s board met in York without with the former England manager 
  • Supporters have been calling for the club to sack McClaren this week
  • Out-of-work David Moyes is one of the candidates being mentioned  

Craig Hope for MailOnline

Newcastle United’s board have met in York WITHOUT head coach Steve McClaren and it is now expected he will be sacked.

Sportsmail can reveal that managing director Lee Charnley and club ambassador Bob Moncur travelled by train from Newcastle to York, where we understand they met chief scout Graham Carr.

Tellingly, McClaren – the fourth board member – was not present. His future was the subject of their discussions and the feeling from sources close to the club is that the former England boss will be axed this week.

Newcastle look poised to sack Steve McClaren after the board met in York without the head coach

Newcastle look poised to sack Steve McClaren after the board met in York without the head coach

Fans were left incensed by the team's performance during their disappointing loss at home to Bournemouth

Fans were left incensed by the team’s performance during their disappointing loss at home to Bournemouth

Supporters have called for the 54-year-old to go after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Bournemouth left the team second from bottom with 24 points from 28 games, their worst return at this stage in Premier League history.

McClaren insists he will not quit and it is expected he will take training at the club’s North Tyneside headquarters on Tuesday morning.

McClaren is likely to take training on Tuesday but his days as head coach look numbered 

McClaren is likely to take training on Tuesday but his days as head coach look numbered 

Sportsmail can reveal that Lee Charnley (centre) and ambassador Bob Moncur travelled by train to York

Sportsmail can reveal that Lee Charnley (centre) and ambassador Bob Moncur travelled by train to York

However, his days are numbered and alternatives have been discussed, with the likes of David Moyes chief among those out-of-work managers who could now be approached.

McClaren was appointed in June amid a cloak of secrecy – he was smuggled in via a side door at St James’ Park to satisfy the club’s preferred media partners and was denied an unveiling press conference – and it took him nine attempts to win a Premier League game.

He has repeatedly pleaded for time to turn things around but, with relegation to the Championship now a very definite fear for owner Mike Ashley, the club are set to act in a bid to save their top-flight status. 

Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is one of the potential candidates 

Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is one of the potential candidates 

Newcastle United find themselves in 19th position and on course to be relegated from the Premier League

Newcastle United find themselves in 19th position and on course to be relegated from the Premier League

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