Steve McClaren is now free to take up the Newcastle job after being sacked by Derby County.

On the day his former club Middlesbrough failed in the play-offs, losing 2-0 to Norwich, McClaren has been relieved of his duties.

It was reported that the former England Manager had turned down the Newcastle job with two Premier League matches remaining, so now we await whether Mike Ashley will still be interested in taking on the ‘wally with the brolly’.

The fact that no compensation will need to be paid won’t do any harm.

Whilst many people after hearing Mike Ashley’s interview yesterday, have suggested that it strongly hinted that the Newcastle owner had somebody lined up to replace John Carver.

The previous permanent appointment was somebody who had been sacked from a third tier job, so on that basis a refugee from the Championship woul be a step forward!

Derby County have released the following statement late on Monday afternoon:

‘Derby County have terminated the contract of Head Coach Steve McClaren with immediate effect.

The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.

The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.

The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.

The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Steve McClaren well for the future and thank him for his work throughout his tenure, which included a Play-Off Final appearance in 2014.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.’

So would you be happy with Steve McClaren at St. James’ Park?

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