Newcastle United have opened talks with David Moyes after Steve McClaren took a significant step towards the St James' Park exit door, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
An abject performance from the Magpies on Saturday saw them succumb to fellow relegation candidates Bournemouth on their home patch. The fans were left dismayed by a performance that kept them 19th in the Premier League table.
So disastrous is the prospect of relegation, owner Mike Ashley is ready to urge his managing director Lee Charnley to sack McClaren after a terrible eight-month spell in charge. And Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving Real Sociedad in November, looks set to replace him.
Yesterday's defeat to the Cherries was their fifth in their last six games but survival is still very much in their hands. They have a game in hand on those around them and are just one point behind local rivals Sunderland in 17th.
However, on current form they look set for relegation, which is something Newcastle, with their sizable wage bill, simply cannot afford. As a result, Moyes has been earmarked as the man best-placed to galvanise the squad on a short-term basis.
Ashley has taken a step back from decision-making at Newcastle after a fan backlash last season but he realises that a firm hand may be needed to avoid relegation.
Faustino Asprilla reaction
Faustino Asprilla saw fit to call for McClaren's head after the game yesterday, tweeting that the club should be looking to sack the former England manager.
Although McClaren was not in charge of player recruitment, he was expected to get more out of the players available to him. The least expected was survival, which he can no longer promise.
Moyes has been offered a role with Scottish champions Celtic but has been holding out for a return to the Premier League. Taking a job at Newcastle is a big risk but it is believed the former Manchester United manager is ready to consider it.