Newcastle have approached David Moyes to ask the Scot to take over Steve McClaren as manager, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Magpies are 19th in the table, one point from Premier League safety, after being beaten 3-1 by fellow relegation battlers Bournemouth on Saturday.
McClaren, appointed manager in the summer, has won just six of his 29 league games in charge, but the former England manager insists he won’t quit.
According to Luke Edwards of the Daily Telegraph however, McClaren’s exit will not be of his own volition. Former Everton manager Moyes has been ‘identified as the best man’ to save the club from relegation.
It is thought that while McClaren has no intention of leaving, owner Mike Ashley will take matters into his own hands. Ashley is ‘ready to intervene’ to rescue the club, and managing director Lee Charnley will be asked to sack the manager.
Moyes has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad in November, with his previous job coming at Manchester United, where he was removed after less than a year. Ashley remains a ‘big fan’ of Moyes’ work however, and the job ‘appeals’ to the Scot.
While Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend joined for considerable transfer fees in January, Ashley is disappointed that McClaren has failed to turn around the club’s fortunes. Edwards writes that Moyes will demand ‘final say’ on deals if he is appointed.