Newcastle desperate for what former Everton boss could bring

During the 11-year period that David Moyes managed Everton, eight different managers, excluding caretakers, took the reins at Newcastle United and now the ninth is feeling the heat just a couple of months in.

Steve McClaren stated that his Magpies were near crisis point after a 1-0 home loss to Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup, following three straight Premier League defeats to leave them languishing, 19th in the table.

Things are not going to get any easier for the former England boss either this weekend, with champions Chelsea next in town and rated as 4/6 favourites to inflict a fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Dumping McClaren would clearly represent a daft decision at this stage of the season and especially for a club seemingly in a constant state of managerial flux.

But with rumours now emerging of troubled times for Moyes in Spain early in his second season in charge of Real Sociedad, it has thrown up an interesting hypothetical situation should the bad times rumble on for both men.

Newcastle fans would probably be delighted to hear that owner Mike Ashley has Moyes in mind, should McClaren be deemed too much of liability by the time the season approaches halfway.

The Daily Telegraph report that McClaren will have Ashley’s backing in the January transfer window, as long as Newcastle have turned a corner results wise.

Moyes laid down a marker of stability at Goodison Park and although no silverware materialised by the end of his tenure, being handpicked to succeed the most successful manager in English football history was the biggest tribute to his fine work on Merseyside.

There was an FA Cup final and even Champions League qualification along the way for the Scot though, whose time as Manchester United manager was cut harshly short in many eyes, before answering the Sociedad call.

A new country was always going to present a unique challenge as well, but the model of consistency and his ability to work within a limited budget at Everton would arguably make him the perfect fit for the Geordies.

Much will have to happen before then though, and McClaren deserved his chance to turn things around.

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Christian Crowther

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