Newcastle United are reportedly considering both Rafael Benitez and David Moyes if they decide to replace Steve McClaren in the coming days and weeks.
The former England coach took training as normal on Tuesday, but speculation continues to grow about his future on Tyneside with his nine-month tenure said to be close to coming to an end.
Following his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, the Magpies remain in the relegation zone with 10 games remaining and are a point adrift of safety.
The club’s directors held talks without their coach on Monday, and it is said that the meeting could have also been a means to discuss McClaren’s future in the job, as noted by Sky Sports.
Benitez has been out of work since being sacked by Real Madrid in January, with the Spaniard reportedly willing to consider a short-term agreement to take charge, similar to the deal he agreed with Chelsea in 2012.
Meanwhile, Moyes is also on the look out for a new position after being sacked by Real Sociedad last November, with the former Everton and Manchester United boss likely to be keen on another opportunity at a Premier League outfit.
With unrest growing within the club’s supporter groups and at St. James’ Park in general, it is clear that time could well be running out for McClaren.
The English tactician will likely prepare his side for their Monday Night Football encounter with Leicester City next week, and it remains to be seen if another defeat signals the end of his time with the club.