Newcastle ready to turn to ex-Liverpool boss as McClaren woes mount

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is the favourite to succeed Steve McClaren at Newcastle should the North East club lose patience with their current boss, according to reports from the Shields Gazette.

The Magpies are currently stuck in the Premier League’s relegation zone following their heavy 5-1 loss at the hands of Chelsea last weekend.

Despite having been backed financially both last summer and during the winter window to sign big name players such as Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Aleksandar Mitrovic, McClaren has struggled to get results, leaving the club staring at another relegation battle.

And reports claim that should they lose patience with him, Rodgers is the man the Tynesiders want to step in at St James’ Park.

It’s understood that Newcastle will give McClaren time to turn things around, even though he’s only won seven games since stepping into the dugout.

Rodgers has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool in October, but his stock remains fairly high after he almost guided the Reds to the league title in 2013/14, whom he joined after cementing Swansea as a top tier club following promotion from the Championship.

The Northern Irish tactician is known for his desire to play fluid, attacking football, which may appeal to the ‘Toon Army’, who have had little to cheer about under McClaren, John Carver and Alan Pardew in recent seasons.