We are watching the situation at the top of the Championship very closely at the moment, and especially how Derby County are doing.
Steve McClaren – Derby County manager
The rumors are that Derby manager Steve McClaren could be first choice for the new Newcastle’s head coach position that needs to be filled this summer, but he would only be available if Derby do not get promoted.
Steve is the favorite on SkyBet at 2-1, with John Carver second favorite at 9/2.
At the moment Derby are in second place in the Championship on 65 points after 35 games, but on Tuesday night they were beaten 2-0 at Chris Hughton’s Brighton, and Chris is getting his new club away from the relegation zone and they are now 9 points clear of 3rd bottom Wigan Athletic.
That was Derby’s second defeat in a row on the road, after they went down 2-0 at Fulham last Saturday, and in fact in their last seven league games they have gained only 8 points, which is off the pace at the top of the league.
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough are top of the league on 66 points after they beat Millwall 3-0 at home on Tuesday night.
We are not too keen on Steve McClaren becoming the new head coach at Newcastle, and it could well be another Englishman appointed, as owner Mike Ashley has never had a continental coach at the club since he took over the ownership of the club back in the summer of 2007.
We have nothing against McClaren on a personal note, and he’s a very good upstanding character who’s done very well at Derby, and it’s as a coach that we don’t rate him very highly.
We are hoping Derby will get promoted after Steve had them so close in the Wembley play-off final last May, when they were beaten with a 90th minute goal from Bobby Zamora when the London side were done to 10 men, and QPR were promoted.
We will continue to watch their results closely through the rest of the season.
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