Steve McClaren sacked with Rafa Benitez ready to take charge


Steve McClaren was today sacked as Newcastle boss – with Rafa Benitez ready take charge.
MD Lee Charnley and owner Mike Ashley axed the former England boss after nine defeats in 12 games with the club second bottom.
McClaren put up a fight to keep his job maintaining a professional approach throughout his week.
Charnley made the decision that change is needed to lift the squad – and only a fresh start would galvanise the players and supporters for a final push to avoid relegation.
While taking full responsibility form his own role in a difficult season, McClaren always believed it would take longer than nine months to turn around a club that has been struggling for several year.
He regularly spoke of having “alot” to change around the club, and that it would take three transfer windows to shake up an ailing squad.
It will now fall to Benitez, who could be appointed later today, to become a “manager” to make the changes.
But McClaren’s side only got seven wins all season, and alienated fans by trying to stay so upbeat.
United have ten games to escape relegation, after their worst season to date in the Premier League – just 24 points from 28 games.
McClaren suffered chanting against him, and thought his players have never looked so nervous on the ball against Bournemouth.
In his last telling on the record comment, he backed his now former squad to stay up saying: “I don’t care who the manager is, but the club will get out of this…”
Newcastle fans will be preying that is the one thing he has got right in recent weeks.

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