Rafa Benitez replaces Steve McClaren

Rafa Benitez replaces Steve McClaren

- Newcastle United sack Steve McClaren as head coach of the club

- Rafa Benitez is expected to be announced as the club's new coach

- Newcastle United have won only six games in the EPL this season and are second from the buttom of the league log. 

Rafa Benitez replaces Steve McClaren

Rafa Benitez replaces McClaren

Update: Newcastle have just confirmed Rafa Benitez as replacement for Steve McClaren on their club website.

Struggling English Premier League side, Newcastle United have sacked manager Steve McClaren.

The former England boss won just six of 28 Premier League games in charge of the Magpies, who are just one place off the foot of the table.

According to a statement from the club:

"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.

"Managing director Lee Charnley added: '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.'"

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Meanwhile, reports say Newcastle are likely to appoint former Real Madrid coach, Rafa Benitez as the club's new manager.

Newcastle's next game is at leaders Leicester City on Monday.


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