By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle will assess the performances of four senior figures as part of a wide-ranging management review, according to a report.
Owner Mike Ashley will launch a full investigation into another wretched Newcastle campaign regardless of what position the team finishes in the Premier League table.
According to the Telegraph, performance of managing director Lee Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr, board member Bob Moncur and reserve team manager Peter Beardsley will all be assessed by Ashley before he decides whether to make any changes.
None of the main powerbrokers at St James’ Park have escaped criticism from supporters but no decisions have yet been made as to who will be held accountable for plunging Newcastle into yet another relegation battle.
Ashley sanctioned spending of around £80million on new players this season, but the team have rarely been out of the bottom three and are currently second from bottom, six points adrift of safety with seven games left to play.
One of the main complaints from former head coach Steve McClaren is that the club did not have enough players with Premier League experience and he had argued it was imperative they brought in older players to help the younger ones get through tough periods.
In other Newcastle news reported on Football Insider, McClaren wanted to sign proven quartet Charlie Austin, Jordan Rhodes, Joey Barton and Michael Dawson at Newcastle this season.