Steve McClaren sacked by telephone after choosing NOT to attend face-to-face meeting

Steve McClaren was sacked by telephone after choosing not to attend a face-to-face meeting.
Steve McClarenSteve McClaren
Steve McClaren

McClaren was today relieved of his duties as the relegation-threatened club's head coach by managing director Lee Charnley.

The 54-year-old had been on a day off and opted against meeting Charnley in person, according to Sky Sports News.

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Charnley is set to meet potential successor Rafa Benitez for talks on Tyneside this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Newcastle's players have reportedly been asked to report to the training ground for a team meeting.

Like McClaren, they had also been on a day off.

Benitez could be appointed in time to take charge of the team for Monday night's game at Leicester City.