By Coral Barry

A tough man is needed to rescue Newcastle and wake up disillusioned players says Mick Quinn.

Newcastle are on the brink of sacking manager Steve McClaren after the latest defeat left the Magpies second from the bottom of the table.

The northern club’s board has held at least two crisis meetings this week as they debate whether to dismiss McClaren and who they might bring in to replace him.

Quinn, a former Newcastle striker, believes it is the playing staff that is the problem, but admits McClaren is not capable of handling them.

“Should the Magpies finally bite the bullet, and do what they should have done at 5pm on Saturday, bring in a disciplinarian who will lay down the law, then they have a damn good chance of staying up,” said Quinn writing in his Northern Echo coloum.

“A new face, with fresh ideas, a new vision and who can provide some inspiration to that disillusioned squad, is essential with 10 games to go.

“If a new man is not brought in, then the Magpies WILL be playing Championship football next season.”

The frontrunners for the Newcastle job are Rafael Benitez and David Moyes according to reports.

Both coaches have experience in the English Premier League having each managed a Merseyside club. Benitez spent six years at Liverpool and Moyes 11 at Everton.

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Newcastle desperately need to bring in one of these men to sort out their difficult players according to Quinn.

He said: “Either Rafael Benitez or David Moyes needs to be brought in.

“Both would inspire, both would command respect, and both could offer the discipline necessary.

“I’d like to think they would feel they could rise to the challenge of trying to get the sleeping giant that is United out of their current relegation scrap, rather than shying away because they fear the consequences of having a relegation on their CVs.”

McClaren took training on Tuesday despite the speculation as he prepares his side for the trip to league leaders Leicester on Monday.

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