By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Martin Keown has named David Moyes, Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers as managers who could step in to save Newcastle from relegation.
The Arsenal legend believes Steve McClaren is likely to be sacked within the next week after Saturday’s home defeat to Bournemouth cemented their place in 19th position in the Premier League.
Keown is unconvinced by McClaren’s managerial credentials and believes more able managers are available to rescue the North-east giants from possible relegation.
There was a toxic atmosphere at St James’ Park on Saturday, with the home supporters jeering the players off at the final whistle as well as chanting that McClaren was taking the team down.
Keown’s had a savage assessment after watching Newcastle’s feeble defeat and then McClaren’s interview after the game.
“I thought he (Steve McClaren) was an excellent coach (when working with him in the England squad), I don’t think…no, not a manager for me,” the former England international told Match of the Day on Saturday night. “You are looking around now, was that nine defeats from 12?
“He keeps saying there are 10 games to go, he looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights and with managers knocking around of the calibre of Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Benitez.
“You wonder if they will make a decision this week.”
Newcastle have lost 16 of their 28 Premier League games this season to leave them rooted in second-bottom position with 10 matches remaining.