Six candidates for Newcastle job should under-pressure Steve McClaren be axed

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Pressure is mounting on under-fire Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren.

Heavy back-to-back defeats to Leicester City and the 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace have seen Newcastle drop back into the relegation zone.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp

Bookies slashed odds on the former England boss to be the next Premier League managerial casualty over the weekend.

The 54-year-old, appointed as the club’s head coach in the summer, is not understood to be in immediate danger of being sacked, despite his team’s dismal form.

Results must improve soon though if McClaren is to avoid the axe by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who has previously opted for out of work British managers.

We take a look at six contenders for the job, should McClaren be given the boot at St James’s Park:

David Moyes

David Moyes

1) Brendan Rodgers:

The ex-Swansea City and Liverpool manager is the bookies favourite to replace McClaren at Newcastle United.

Rodgers was axed by Liverpool earlier this season and is looking for a quick return to top flight management.

He would be a popular choice among supporters.

Clarence Seedorf waves to fans

Clarence Seedorf waves to fans

But if he had a problem with Liverpool’s recruitment policy then Newcastle’s wouldn’t appeal to him either.

He would likely try and command more control over transfers than McClaren currently has.

2) Harry Redknapp:

Redknapp has been linked with the job, probably on a short-term basis.

Ex-Blackpool manager Lee Clark

Ex-Blackpool manager Lee Clark

The ex-West Ham United, Spurs and QPR manager is currently working as a pundit on BT Sport.

Previously linked with the top job at St James’s Park earlier in his career, could he finally be set to land the Toon job?

He would need to move from his Bournemouth base or make the long commute if he does.

A wheeler dealer, he would likely want to bring in more experienced British talent.

That would be a move away from Newcastle’s current transfer policy.

3) David Moyes:

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Earlier this month the former Everton and Manchester United boss was sacked as manager of La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad.

The 52-year-old steered the Basque team to 12th spot last season but they were outside the relegation zone on goal difference when the Spanish side axed him.

He rejected a number of job offers from elsewhere before being sacked and a swift return to managing a Premier League side would appeal.

Newcastle would offer him the chance to rebuild the reputation he built at Everton.

Again, he is likely to want more control over the club’s transfer dealings though.

An experience manager, with experience of managing abroad.

4) Clarence Seedorf:

An outside bet but the former Holland midfielder - one of the most decorated footballers - has been linked with a move to the North East.

With a wealth of experience at some of Europe’s top clubs, the former Real Madrid and AC Milan star would certainly be an interesting choice.

Newcastle rarely gamble though and Seedorf would represent a throw of the dice.

Seedorf told BBC Sport: “It never happened and so as a coach it would be great to experience English football and fans on a weekly basis.

“If there is a good project I would be happy to consider it.”

5) Lee Clark:

Former Newcastle United and Sunderland midfielder wouldn’t be the first name on most fans’ lips.

But he would certainly fancy the gig.

Linked with the Gateshead job, the chance to manage the team he supports would be one too strong to turn down.

Would Newcastle turn to the former Birmingham City and Blackpool boss?

He has the hunger and would be most likely to work under the current structure.

6) Frank De Boer:

The highly-rated Ajax boss has recently admitted an interest in taking charge at Liverpool or Newcastle if he was given the chance to manage in England.

The former Barcelona midfielder has been in charge at the Amsterdam Arena for almost five years but he has one eye on his next job.

Asked about taking charge of the clubs in an interview with the BBC world service, De Boer said: “They are fantastic clubs.

“Liverpool and Newcastle - with supporters behind them - it is a fantastic environment to coach but this year it is important for me to do well at Ajax and then we will see.”

* Other names in the betting include former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.