Steve McClaren sacked as Newcastle United manager

The former England manager joined the club last summer

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Steve McClaren has been sacked as Newcastle manager with immediate effect.

The former England manager only joined the club last summer as manager after spending nine years away from the Premier League. He leaves the club fighting for survival in the top-tier. The currently lie in 19th place, one point away from safety.

McClaren's last game came last weekend in the 3-1 loss at home to Bournemouth. Newcastle have only won one of their last six matches in the Premier League. Away from home, their form is very poor. Their last away win came against Tottenham in December.

Since the start of the year, Newcastle have won two of their nine games, earning seven points.

In a statement released by the club Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley said: "I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.

"Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez is expected to replace McClaren in St. James's Park. The side's first game will be against league leaders Leicester City on Monday night.