McClaren keeps job for now

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren held talks with managing director Lee Charnley on Wednesday and remained in his job.

Newcastle: McClaren keeps job for nowNewcastle: McClaren keeps job for now

Reports have claimed the pair discussed the team’s troubling situation over the telephone before McClaren, who had taken training for the second successive day, left the Darsley Park training headquarters and headed home.

It was suggested McClaren and Charnley were to hold showdown talks at St James’ Park, but a face-to-face conversation did not materialise.

What was said between the two men remained unclear and the club did not comment, although 54-year-old McClaren was wearing a broad smile as cameras captured him walking towards his car.

The saga surrounding his position seemed set to extend into a fifth day since a 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth left the club in desperate Barclays Premier League relegation trouble and saw fans turn on McClaren in a concerted fashion for the first time.

McClaren will be aware of reports claiming the club have placed former Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez at the top of a list of candidates to replace him, with just 10 games of the season remaining and the club 19th in the table.

However, McClaren remained in charge of preparations for Monday night’s trip to leaders Leicester and was due to take training again on Thursday.

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