Following the defeat against Bournemouth at the weekend, the clamour for McClaren to go has reached a crescendo. For the time being, he is still in place. What are the options for the Newcastle United board?

Stick or twist?
Mike Ashley is a gambler. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses. Like most gamblers, he seems to have lost more than he has won. 

To stick with McClaren now has got to be the biggest for TV revenues next season. Failed in his last 4 jobs, McClaren’s glory days seem to have long since passed him by. A League Cup on 2005, one top ten finish in his Premier League career, and a title in the Eredivisie pales into insignificance against his coaching work under Sir Alex. 

Stale predictable formations and tactics, McClaren’s team have become easy to play against. Despite having 3 expensive left wingers at his disposal, plus Aarons, we have seen 6 starts on the left wing. When playing away, we have only scored in 6 out of 14 games, only once scoring more than 1. 

Surely, sticking with McClaren can not be an option! 

Short term or long term replacement?
The short term objective has to be survival. There could be a case to argue that the ideal replacement may be a long term option but if going for a top quality manager, playing in the Premier League next season can not be guaranteed. 

There is a list of Premier League escapologists. Pulis is employed at West Brom, Allardyce at our fiercest rivals, Advocaat started the season with the same employers as did Sbragia. Pearson did it last season at Leicester. 

Others lack recent history in the Premier League, such as Curbishley who rescued West Ham after Pardew, Venables who helped Middlebrough before McClaren joined them. The list also includes Redknapp at Portsmouth, Hodgson at Fulham, Robson at West Brom, Jewell at Bradford and Souness at Southampton. 

Of the longer term possibilities, who could have an impact? Moyes is the odds on favourite at the time of writing. His first season at Everton yielded 13 points in his 9 games. Were he to replicate that, there is a chance of survival but his failures at ManU and in Spain raise question marks. 

British or foreign?
We have argued before on this site that English managers are largely out of date. Few have achieved anything significant in the English game. The fact that Howe is currently the highest placed Englishman in 14th place, followed by Pardew in 15th, Allardyce in 17th and McClaren in 19th seems to support that view.

Yes, Moyes is Scottish, his credential having been assessed above. Rodgers is from
Northern Ireland and achieved Champions League qualification at Liverpool as well as promotion and survival at Swansea. He was however sacked on Merseyside after a poor run. 

Surely, the only British former manager who could immediately galvanise the team and supporters is Kevin Keegan but this might prove a bridge too far for Ashley. 

There are some outstanding candidates on the market, perhaps more than ever. Of those overseas candidates who are out of work, 3 stand out. Mourinho cold be looked at in the short term, assuming that he is not already committed, as rumoured, to replace van Gaal. Could it be his dream t rescue his mentor, Sir Bobby’s club? 

Benitez is a serial winner, having led sides from 3 countries to trophy success. He has won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with English clubs. If interested in the job, he is surely the outstanding candidate for any owner who has ambitions. 

As a back up, Roberto Di Matteo has won both the Champions League and FA Cup with Chelsea. Despite being sacked by West Brom with a 47% win ratio. 

Other names will be bandied around, Martin Jol who has recently been appointed in Egypt, de Boer in the Netherlands, Villas Boas who has stated his aim of returning to Portugal. However, none of these looks to have the credentials for the immediate task in hand. 

Compromises
If Ashley wishes to avoid losing £100m in revenue next season, he has to think big. This would mean compromising on salary levels for a new boss. The obvious compromise is to offer a big bonus for a short term contract with the option to continue next season. 

The option, would depend on Newcastle United staying up. With the new TV deal, even at the sort of rates demanded by the likes of Benitez or Mourinho would have already been paid for by Premier League TV revenues. 

If relegated, the option would become invalid, leaving the field open for progressive managers such as Jankovic, Ketsbaia or even Michael O’Neill. 

Conclusion
If past form is anything to go by, Ashley will appoint his 10th manager whose career has been almost exclusively in England. This justifies the betting odds in favour of Moyes, despite his failings. 

Financial clout and the perils of failure suggest that he should go for one of the outstanding winners with detailed knowledge of the Premier League. 

However, it is noted that of those available, Joe Kinnear has time on his hands right now.