Rafael Benitez has agreed a deal to replace Steve McClaren as the manager of Newcastle, according to reports in Spain.
McClaren is on the brink of losing his job at St James’ Park, with the Magpies languishing in 19th despite a season of heavy spending.
Initial reports on Wednesday claimed the manager would lose his job after talks with managing director Lee Charnley, but face-to-face discussions were never held between the two.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena Copa, Benitez has agreed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss before the end of the season.
Uncertainty reigns over McClaren’s position at United however, with the head coach expected to lead training with his players on Thursday.
The Daily Mail reported that McClaren drove home instead of meeting with Charnley after training on Wednesday, angry at his perceived mistreatment by the club. Said meeting is likely to occur on Thursday, with Newcastle preparing to face Premier League leaders Leicester on Monday.