Claims that Steve McClaren will be signing up today as Newcastle United’s new manager/head coach, look well wide of the mark.

A number of local and national journalists had claimed that today would see Newcastle at last make an appointment after 163 days of waiting, but that wait looks certain to be extended by at least a day or two.

Contrary to the speculation, I have spoken to a couple of well placed journalists who confirm no appointment will be made today, whilst the Mail’s Craig Hope says that Steve McClaren isn’t even in the UK and is still on holiday.

Whilst it still looks a knocking bet that the former Boro and England boss will be appointed, there are still said to be minor issues to iron out.

Where Mike Ashley is concerned, you would never be surprised at what ‘minor’ terms Steve McClaren is having to sign up to.

Sky Sports, who are usually in the know where NUFC are concerned, have just now revised their suggestion of when an announcement will be made.

The broadcaster saying they anticipate it will happen within the next 48 hours, which could take it up to as late as Thursday. If that is the case, McClaren would then have a 20 day wait until pre season training begins and 58 days until the Premier League season kicks off again.

Whether the ‘minor’  issues that needed sorting out involve any changes to the coaching team remains to be seen.