Steve McClaren has held talks with Newcastle United according to Sky Sports.

They say that their information is that the former England boss met club officials early this week before heading off on holiday.

Elsewhere it was also widely reported previously that John Carver had met Managing Director Lee Charnley on Tuesday, to ‘clarify’ his position.

The majority of opinion appears to be that Steve McClaren will have agreed to take the job at that first meeting, then John Carver having the conversation as to where he does or doesn’t fit into this potential new framework.

However, anybody who has followed Newcastle United for more than two minutes will still wonder exactly what will happen.

Another scenario is of course that Steve McClaren has gone away to think about whether or not to join the St James’ Park circus.

The fact he allegedly turned down Newcastle twice previously (which in reality appears to be that he turned down the opportunity to TALK to United on those two occasions) doesn’t suggest he will be taking the job without at least some assurances.

Hopefully McClaren will be ensuring he has the backing in terms of freedom to tackle the job in his own way, rather than assurances on how long and lucrative his contract will/would be.

A major say on transfers, freedom to choose his own coaching staff and assurances of realistic spending in the transfer market will hopefully be just the tip of the NUFC iceberg.

With only 65 days until the Premier League season kicks off and 27 days before pre-season training begins, you have to worry exactly how prepared United will be to face the new campaign, with or without a new manager/head coach and new signings.