The pair discussed the situation over the telephone before McClaren, who had earlier taking training for the second successive day, left the club’s Darsley Park training headquarters.
Earlier reports had suggested McClaren and Charnley were to hold showdown talks at St James’ Park. What was said between the two men remains unclear and the club were not commenting, but 54-year-old McClaren was wearing a broad smile as cameras captured him walking towards his car. As a result, the saga surrounding his position seems set to extend into a fifth day since a 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth left the club in desperate Barclays Premier League relegation trouble and saw fans turn on him for the first time in concerted fashion.
McClaren arrived for work yesterday morning to be greeted by headlines claiming the club has placed former Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez at the top of a list of candidates to replace him with just 10 games of the season remaining and the club a point from safety.
However, as it stands, he remains in charge of preparations for Monday night’s trip to leaders Leicester.
McClaren, of course, is a member of the club’s football board, but was not present when his three colleagues - Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur - met on Monday to discuss the parlous on-field situation. But despite concerted rumours that his days were numbered, it is still business as usual.
Even if the Magpies do want to dispense with the services of the man they appointed to implement a long-term plan in June last year after just nine months, they would not want to plunge themselves back into the kind of limbo they did last January.