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Quinn in blast at Macca fiasco.

Byline: Chris Waugh

MICK Quinn has slammed Newcastle United's treatment of Steve McClaren as an "embarrassment".

McClaren remains Magpies head coach and has taken training for the past three days but United are understood to be negotiating with former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez to replace him.

Reports yesterday claimed McClaren had already been dismissed but the club have denied that, and the 54-year-old remains in charge of the struggling Magpies.

While Chronicle columnist and former United striker Quinn has backed the decision to target Benitez as United's next boss, he has criticised the club's hierarchy for allowing McClaren's tenure to drag on for days in seemingly farcical circumstances.

"Newcastle have mishandled getting rid of McClaren completely," Quinn told the Chronicle.

"The club should have dismissed him last Saturday straight after the game, as I wrote in my column, and the way they've let it drag on through the media is farcical and lacks dignity. "Having him go in to take training is an embarrassment.

"Certainly Rafa would be my choice to take over because he is an exciting coach who I have the utmost respect for and it is an exciting potential appointment, but McClaren should not have been treated like this.

"It is dragging the club's name through the mud."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2016
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