Nothing officially confirmed as yet with regard to Steve McClaren finally getting the push from Newcastle United, however, the usual process now looks well underway.

Thursday afternoon has seen NUFC media partner Sky Sports move up a gear in their reporting of the story/saga, reporting their ‘sources’ informing them that, seemingly as fact, Steve McClaren will be sacked very shortly and whatever else happens, won’t be taking charge of another Newcastle United game.

The broadcaster also reporting, from the same sources no doubt, that talks are ongoing with Rafa Benitez.

Obviously all second guessing but you go on what you have seen before and when it gets to the business end of big decisions at Newcastle United, it is Sky Sports who are now handed the story as ‘breaking news’.

Most interesting thing is that they appear to be reporting the two things as almost separate stories, as though McClaren will get the boot regardless of what happens with any alleged talks with Rafa Benitez.

I have seen a number of people saying this week that it has been better to keep Steve McClaren in post until progress is made with a replacement, though I find it hard to believe that any situation could be worse for whatever reputation the club retain, than this shambles of a week where the only intention has seemingly been to humiliate McClaren ever further.

The only problem being that with each passing day, it has hurt Newcastle United as a club, at least as much as the current Head Coach.

Sky Sports:

‘Steve McClaren to be sacked and will not be in charge against Leicester on Monday.’

‘Newcastle in advanced talks with Rafa Benitez about becoming manager.’