This Would Really Be A Shock Appointment

There had been some rumors about this a week or so ago, but the news is that former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is in talks about a possible return to Derby County after he was fired from the job 17 months ago.

And Newcastle (Lee Charnley) offered him the job on Tyneside only days after that sacking which had catastrophic results with Steve just not up to the job.

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Steve McClaren when Newcastle manager

He was fired earlier this year after 28 league games played in which he had the worst record of any Newcastle manager in the Premier League and only 24 points and is one reason Newcastle are now a second division side.

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Former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson was sacked as the Derby County manager last  Saturday after less than five months in charge.

Yes, they said it was by mutual consent but that’s put our there simply to make the firing a little easier to take.

There are conflicting reports on whether Steve would be appointed as the manager at Derby or whether he would be working alongside caretaker boss Chris Powell in some supportive role.

Steve recently said his future lies at the executive level like a Director of Football, but whether his former club will give him that opportunity remains to be seen.

Steve’s reign as Newcastle manager was probably his worst performance as a manager since the fateful job as England manager he had back in 2006, which was again too much for the former Manchester United assistant manager.

From a personal viewpoint it would be good for Steve to get back into football to repair the damage that was done to his reputation at Newcastle, where he was simply way out of his depth.

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