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Steve McClaren fired by Newcastle

SoccerBy Sunday World
Steve McClaren leaving the training ground yesterday
Steve McClaren leaving the training ground yesterday

After almost a week 'on the brink' Newcastle have today parted ways with manager Steve McClaren.

This morning the club announced that head coach Steve McClaren has left the club with immediate effect.

In a statement on the club website they said:

After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the Club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren's employment with the Club will end with immediate effect.

We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the Club at heart.

Lee Charnley said: "I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.

"Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.

"We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.

"A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course."

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has been touted all week as a replacement for the former England manager.

Newcastle sit in 19th place in the table, with just 10 games left.