Steve McClaren remains Newcastle manager despite widespread reports he would be sacked on Tuesday.
McClaren ‘demanded face-to-face talks’ at which he was expected to be sacked by United’s managing director Lee Charnley on Tuesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.
But the Newcastle Chronicle and the Daily Mirror both report that the meeting was not held, and that McClaren only spoke to Charnley over the phone.
However, the Daily Mail claim the meeting failed to go ahead as McClaren instead opted to drive home due to his unhappiness at his treatment from the club.
McClaren held training as usual on Tuesday ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with leaders Leicester next Monday, where United will look to win only their third game of the calendar year. The Magpies are currently 19th, one point from safety.
The club were said to have taken the decision to sack McClaren in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth but have not conveyed that decision to their manager, who has reportedly had his telephone calls to board members ignored this week.
Newcastle are clearly delaying an official announcement until they have a replacement, with Rafa Benitez and David Moyes said to be interested.
The Telegraph claim that Benitez would take the job on a short-term basis as the Champions League-winning manager does not want to work in the Championship.
Meanwhile, Moyes would only take the job if he were allowed more control to manage the club rather than just coach the team.
The delay means that McClaren has had to request his own meeting to learn his fate as Newcastle coach.