Newcastle United have sacked head coach 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.
McClaren and his team were booed off following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth at St James’ Park – their third successive league defeat.
Former Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez has been tipped to take over.
McClaren’s future has been a source of almost constant speculation since the defeat to the Cherries.
“Newcastle have finally put Steve McClaren out of his misery.
“The running of that great football club is beyond shambolic.”
Ian Dennis, said Benitez had been identified as a replacement for McClaren at a board meeting on Monday.
McClaren, 54, signed a three-year contract with the Magpies in June after the club avoided relegation on the final day of last season.
Newcastle’s next game is at leaders Leicester City on Monday.
“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. Naijabet.com