Steve McClaren’s job at Newcastle is hanging by a thread following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.
The loss leaves the Magpies second bottom in the Premier League and facing a real battle to stay up in the 10 games that remain.
Reports say owner Mike Ashley is poised to sack the former Middlesbrough, Derby and England boss with David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers Rafael Benitez, Harry Redknapp and Nigel Pearson all linked with taking over.
Former owner Sir John Hall – from whom Ashley bought his controlling stake in the club in 2007 – is the latest to call for McClaren to go.
Hall told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “Ashley’s got to step back, it’s his responsibility, he has put the cash in, and it hasn’t happened. So he’s got to put a rescue plan in.
“I would be inclined to say to the manager ‘It’s time to go’ and bring somebody else in.”
It is believed Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley are cautious about replacing McClaren before they have positively identified his replacement and several potential candidates are unwilling to take over just until the end of the season with relegation a real possibility.
McClaren was subjected to a torrent of abuse from the stands at St James’ Park on Saturday, with the home fans singing ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ but the embattled boss has vowed to stay on.
He said: “Would I quit? No way. That’s for other people to decide. I don’t do that. I have enough experience. I’ve been through this, with chants like there has been today, quite a few times.
“That’s the perils of being a manager, and especially of this team, this season.”
He added: “We have to get back on the training ground and put it right. The good thing is we have got 10 games to go.”