According to The Mirror, any deal being offered to potential candidates for the Newcastle United job will include a termination clause should the club get relegated this season.
The report states that this was one of several factors that put Unai Emery off the job and is also likely to be part of any offer that could bring Eddie Howe to Tyneside.
In the piece, it’s said that the out of work 43-year-old is the ‘last man standing’ and in the frame to take over – even if Saturday’s trip to Brighton will come too soon.
However, this ‘sack clause’ means the former Bournemouth boss may not be given the chance to bring us straight back to the Premier League should he take the job and send us down – which is interesting given he guided the Cherries to automatic promotion with a 90-point haul in the 2014/15 season.
Hopefully it doesn’t come to that and we are still a Premier League team come this time next year, although it’ll take a huge turnaround in form to achieve that after we’ve failed to win any of our opening 10 games – despite having a pretty kind run of fixtures.
We face Brighton, Brentford, Norwich and Burnley over the next month before things turn extremely tough over the festive period, so we’ll have to hope Howe has an immediate impact should he be appointed in the coming days.