McClaren’s position has been under threat since the pitiful performance in a 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday saw the Magpies slip to second-bottom of the Premier League.
Charnley met with fellow board members Bob Moncur and Graham Carr on Monday although the head coach – also on the Toon board – wasn’t invited.
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McClaren hasn’t met with Charnley since the weekend, but will come face to face with Mike Ashley’s right-hand man later this afternoon where he is expected to learn his fate.
Newcastle are understood to have sounded out a couple of managers about taking over for the final 10 games of the season, including Rafa Benitez and David Moyes.