• Steve McClaren’s position as Newcastle manager is hanging by a thread 
  • Defeat at home to Bournemouth was for many supporters the final straw
  • Sportsmail looks at five contenders to replace the under-fire manager 

Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Steve McClaren is on the verge of being sacked as head coach of Newcastle.

Supporters called for him to go following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth and the club’s hierarchy are discussing his future.

Here, Sportsmail look at the five leading contenders to replace him.

Steve McClaren is on the verge of being sacked as head coach of Newcastle after an abysmal run of form

Steve McClaren is on the verge of being sacked as head coach of Newcastle after an abysmal run of form

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes is among the candidates to replace McClaren

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes is among the candidates to replace McClaren

David Moyes

The Scot has had his concerns about Newcastle in the past – with previous talks believed to have proved fruitless – but with the right assurances it is understood the former Manchester United manager would entertain a move to St James’ Park. Moyes is the type who will consider all his options, however, which could even include a return to Everton should the pressure mounting on Roberto Martinez conclude with his dismissal.

Nigel Pearson

A former Newcastle coach under Sam Allardyce, he knows the fabric of the club and is the sort of sergeant major type needed to rattle a few cages in a dressing-room which has long since been plagued by a losing mentality.

The Leicester team he built before his sacking last summer is currently heading for the title and his part in that unlikely success cannot be under-estimated.

Nigel Pearson impressed at Leicester City and would fire a rocket up the squad at St James' Park

Nigel Pearson impressed at Leicester City and would fire a rocket up the squad at St James’ Park

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been out of a job since October but he is likely to wait

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been out of a job since October but he is likely to wait

Brendan Rodgers

His next move needs to be the right move after his sacking at Liverpool and, like Moyes, he would need guarantees from Mike Ashley over control.

Rodgers, though, does not necessarily fit the bill of someone who will come in and trigger an immediate improvement by snapping under-performing players from their slumber. He would probably want to start afresh at a new club in the summer.

Rafa Benitez has expressed his intention to return to management in England and might suit a short term deal

Rafa Benitez has expressed his intention to return to management in England and might suit a short term deal

Rafa Benitez

A short-term deal until the end of the season would certainly appeal to the sacked Real Madrid boss.

Ashley would prefer a British appointment but Benitez is a big name and could have the desired effect in rallying a club on its knees.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be a popular appointment among the local supporters

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be a popular appointment among the local supporters

Harry Redknapp

If Newcastle want a charismatic firefighter to save their season then Redknapp would almost certainly be willing to answer their call.

He has been on the verge of becoming boss once before and it would prove a popular appointment among supporters.

Newcastle fans have had enough with the current regime and vehemently called for a change on Saturday

Newcastle fans have had enough with the current regime and vehemently called for a change on Saturday

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