Friday 30 September 2016

Moyes set for Newcastle job

Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 3

Luke Edwareds

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Dan Gosling battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA
Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Dan Gosling battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren looks dejected at the end of the game. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters
Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum look dejected after Bournemouth scored their third goal. Photo: Andrew Yates/Reuters

David Moyes is expected to open talks with Newcastle United about becoming their new manager over the next few days following this abject defeat.

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The Magpies are expected to sack Steve McClaren after the club's fifth defeat in sixth matches left them one point from safety. They have identified Moyes as the best man to try to save them from relegation with 10 games remaining and are aware of the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager's interest in the Newcastle job.

McClaren insisted after this loss that he would not walk away despite being subjected to taunts of "you're getting sacked in the morning" from furious fans. Asked if he would resign, having seen one fan hurl his season ticket at the dugouts, McClaren said: "No way. That's for other people to decide. I've got enough experience, I've been through this kind of thing before and that's the perils of being a manager.

"Will I still be here next week? I hope so. I understand the frustrations of supporters, damn right I do. We have enough in us to get out of trouble, but if we play like we did today, then we won't."

However, it is understood that club owner Mike Ashley is ready to intervene and will urge managing director Lee Charnley to sack the head coach today after a hugely disappointing eight-month reign. His players had released a strongly worded statement before the game emphasising their support for the manager but their performance yesterday did not reflect that commitment.

Bournemouth went 2-0 up through Steven Taylor's own goal and a Josh King strike. Ayoze Perez cut the deficit before Charlie Daniels's late piledriver sealed the win for the Cherries.

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