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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  • mrkgw

    I’d have no problem with him at St James. Only issue is that he allegedly snubbed us in recent weeks.

  • Brownale69

    mrkgw Ha the guy is a failure! Get someone who is a WINNER

  • Life long fan

    God help us if we get him

  • mrkgw

    @Brownale69 Keegan?

  • fishandchips

    He is just as bad as pardew

  • valle1

    Nooooooo… Hopefully he was never an option but only linked by Derby people hopig to get rid of him and getting a little compensation along the way. I would prefer Laudrup, Garde or Galtier as very realistic options or De Boer or Klopp as the more difficult ones.

  • Toonarden

    If it’s McClaren then Ashley’s interview will have been a complete and utter  waste of time and nobody will ever believe anything he says again.
    If it’s McClaren the boycotts and demonstrations will have to continue only this time louder, stronger and consistently. We’ve already seen, despite what some fans have said on here, that they work and our owner doesn’t like bad publicity.

  • nufcmag777

    If Ashley had any idea he would be on the phone to KK and give him total running of our club.He would totally transform us in no time at all.Please god make it happen.

  • Paul Patterson

    I’d be happy enough with it. Get him in AS MANAGER, if Carver doesn’t want/is too arogant to go back to being an assistant, then he can be binned off.
    Some people won’t be happy until Keegan is re-re-appointed which isn’t going to and shouldn’t happen.
    Yes, I’d PREFER someone else, but we simply aren’t going to get that special someone. It’s fantasy to think we can.
    Get him in and get him in NOW. And then start spending . .

  • nufcmag777

    Paul Patterson Why shouldn’t KK be appointed he bleeds B&W.

  • Paul Patterson

    Dreamworld!
    1. Would YOU work for a man you took to court and slagged off (rightly) in the media on many an occasion?
    2. Would YOU hire a man, who took you to court and won damages from and who then went on to slag you off in the media on many an occasion?
    I loved The Entertainers and I still dislike how Keegan was treated by Ashley in 2008. But some people need to move on . .

  • Michael Maximus Moose

    Paul Patterson

    He won 2 of the last 13 Games a worse record than Carver !!!   Get a Grip

  • Paul Patterson

    See comment below.

  • amacdee

    Toonarden I dont agree. The major problem that Pardwho and his clueless monkey have is they cannot change things from KO, let alone during a game. At the very least McClaren can see whats going on during the game and effect change without waiting for half time to check with his analyst, assistants and Mystic Meg.

    What this club has needed for a verrrrrrrry long time is a bloke who can rate the opposition, analyse their Strengths and Weaknesses, put a plan together and get his players to buy into it with confidence.

  • Michael Maximus Moose

    McLaren won only 2 of the last 13 Derby games we already have enough Shyte at Nufc without this bloke

  • Paul Patterson

    Fully agree. McClaren is probably our level. And McClaren is a better manager than his Derby record suggests . .

  • NottsToon

    Paul Patterson How is he?

  • amacdee

    I’m just guessing here but I wouldnt be surprised to know that McClaren engineered his own dismissal so Fatman didnt have to pay £2m compo. £1m or less to the “Dutchman” in his back pocket would be a result for Fattie.

  • Paul Patterson

    Just my opinion.

  • Paul Patterson

    That is why I see this as a perfect fit.
    Can anyone give me a name of a Manager that will REALISTICALLY come here?

  • NottsToon

    Paul Patterson Even though the actual facts would suggest that, aside from a cup with the Smoggies nearly 10 years ago, and a brief slice if success in Holland, he is exactly as bad his Derby record suggests.

    Failed in the Championship, good enough to resurrect us in the Prem….get out of town you loon.

  • Paul Patterson

    Sticks and stones . .

  • NottsToon

    Paul Patterson Yes, don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

  • Alltomuch

    That FREE would work out very expensive
    Just say no to him (not good engough)

  • Andgeo

    Judging by the headline picture, McClaren is on his knees ready to ‘suck up’ to ashley!!!

  • Andgeo

    Klopp if you paid him a salary befitting of the 19th richest club in the world and backed him with resources equally befitting the club. Why should we have to compromise just because our owner is short sighted and knows nothing about football!

  • Andgeo

    Why shouldn’t super kev be manager? He is the best man manager out their, loves the club, can spot a player, would bring us success and most importantly no hoofball just entertaining football guaranteed!!!

  • Andgeo

    What do you mean by ‘our level’? Our level is top 20 club in the world financially even with our compromised accounts due to Fatty’s free advertising. We are worthy of real investment in a much better manager than mcclarendew. A great manager is worth far more than a few signings and ashley should be looking for the best manager money can buy. Why should we have to accept mediocrity?

  • markral

    Mcalaren sacked…OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE ANOTHER DUSBIN MANGER ON THE WAY –  …NO WONDER ASLEY HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE YESTERDAY…SORRY BUT ANOTHER SEASON OF PAIN COMING…WILL NOT BE RENEWIN MY SEASON TICKET – HAD ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!

  • Davidelder888

    This will be the biggest appointment of the season and it will tell us how serious Ashley is about winning things. McLaren is a failure in my opinion he’s failed in the premiership before and he’s just failed in the championship. If we want to win things we need to spend bigger on a manager than this.

  • Davidelder888

    Appointing McLaren will be a backward step. This will go against everything Ashkey just said and will be the straw that brakes the camels back for me.
    Sure he’s better than carver but we couldn’t get any worse!

  • SGM

    Davidelder888 I heard a lot of people say “Anyones better than Pardew” look where that got us.

  • Paul Patterson

    Fully agree with Klopp.
    I’d go for Laudrup personally- but neither would come . .

  • Davidelder888

    We didn’t replace Pardew with anyone though. We didn’t get a new manager? I don’t see your point.

  • amacdee

    SGM but Pinocchio wasnt even a manager he was the tea boy ! Like for like anyone is better than “I’ll take you down second time around” Pardwho.

  • Paul Patterson

    I agree, but who’s to say McClaren wouldn’t work.
    He just might.
    Dalglish has pedigree and flopped.
    Gullit came with a reputation and flopped
    It could work the other way around. McClaren might just work.

  • amacdee

    Paul Patterson unless of course Fatman pretended he was a far sighted visionary and knew the way to the Champions league and beyond ;-)

  • Paul Patterson

    If we can get Klopp, fine.
    Can’t see it though.

  • Polarboy

    Paul Patterson Yeah flawless logic there mate.

  • amacdee

    NottsToon  “FC Twente, had never won an Eredivisie title in its history,
    continued to top the league in the latter part of the season, holding
    off the likes of renowned competitors http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSV_Eindhoven and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Ajax, to win the title” 
    Pretty sure that Pardwho boy never won a title unless you count his Prlick of the Year award ?

  • Davidelder888

    Managerial appointment needs to be a statement of intent. Fat Freddy would of been chasing Klopp with a big blank cheque.

  • amacdee

    Andgeo Top 20 club in the world maybe but with a bloke who knows diddly squat about running a club and wont appoint professionals to do the job

  • Want a club that tries

    Please, NO,, if we are to move forward, he is not the answer,,,,if ashley is serious, which I doubt, he should use some of our clubs wealth and go for Klopp, proven track record and able to attract players,,,, I won’t hold my breath,,,

  • NottsToon

    amacdee NottsToon That would be the bit of success in Holland I was referring to. Any idea what happened when he went back? I do.

    After growing criticism from supporters McClaren resigned[91] his position on 26 February, stating: “We agree the Club is bigger than any one individual and Twente is too big in my heart to stand in the way of its progress”.[92]

  • sickchip

    A move for  McClaren (LOSER) would prove Ashley was lying in his interview.
    If he really wants us to win things he would at least attempt to get someone like Jurgen Klopp – that would prove there really was desire and ambition at the club.

  • GToon

    I think he could be ok but hes sort of had his time and reached his peak. We need either a really up and coming manager like Howe at Bournemouth or a Rodgers style manager with his possession based style. We can’t afford to buy the likes of Klopp or even if we can meet his terms Ashley wouldn’t give him the funds he wanted. I want a manager to bring in a style of play, like Swansea. Bet we still get Carver though!

  • Alltomuch

    If the board (chose the next boss) pick McClaren then they should be sacked as its would be clear that they know nothing even after the season of hell we have gone through. It also shows NO AMBITION
    Spend on a top man who will sort it all out.
    Derby sacked him for gods sake
    A top boss would be the best money spent in time

  • toonceltic

    All this talk of McClaren, what about Nigel Clough?? He’s just been sacked by Sheff Utd. Does well in the cup competitions.

    I did just type above whilst laughing at myself.

    If the FCB is going to keep to his word then he has to go for someone like Klopp or Ancelotti, but i’m sure it won’t happen.

  • v0ices

    mrkgw so you think a manager sacked by a championship side is good enough for us?

  • v0ices

    Paul Patterson not good enough for the championship is our level?

  • finchy09

    Some of the comments on here are laughable! How can anyone realistically believe that Jurgen Klopp would have any interest whatsoever in trading the 2nd best team in Germany for the 15th best team in England? In many respects Steve McClaren would represent a safe and experienced pair of hands to manage the team, and is regarded as being an excellent coach. The other only options being risky and untested foreign managers which could be a disaster (think Pepe Mel for West Brom) or potentially somebody like Sean Dyche from Burnley or a manager from the Championship (Karanka or Jokanovic). If you consider McClaren’s credentials alone he has managed a major international side, led an unfashionable smoggy side to the UEFA cup final and won the League cup, won a domestic title in Holland and worked in the Bundesliga, has experience of working with one of the greatest managers of all time (as unpleasant as it is to write that) in Sir Alex Ferguson. He could potentially (with some financial backing) be a great appointment given time.

  • DonDickson

    Think Laudrup would come and that would be a good start after his comments yeasterdayU0001f603

  • DonDickson

    If Ashley really wanted to scramble our thinking he would appointment Ian holloway with all hi lunacy lol…go down at treat hear

  • Andgeo

    Are you a Mackem? Or do you believe that we are NOT one of the biggest clubs in this country? Newcastle supporters should not have to accept mediocracy!

  • Andgeo

    We wernt to know he just wouldn’t replace him at all!!

  • GToon

    How about Slaven Bilic? His team play great footy. He would be a popular bloke around the club. How about Brendan Rodgers? He will be sacked soon no doubt. He would be given much more time at SJP and without the expectation to win the league. He could give us a style of football we would enjoy watching too.

  • GToon

    But we didn’t get anyone! So we still think that. Carver didn’t count. He wasn’t a manager and only got the job because nobody else wanted it.

  • Gordonthetoony

    Bilic would be No.1 for West Ham as an ex player.  Rodgers, no thanks . Spent £110 million on mostly inferior players including Balotelli to get 6th.  Give me an up and coming manager with modern ideas anyday.

  • Paul Soulsby

    “OOH MATRON !”

  • finchy09

    Andgeo, I think a reality check may be in order! Although I totally agree that we should not settle for a mediocre team and/or manager, the club no longer has the pulling power that it did in the past 10 or 20 years, to suggest we can attract mangers of the calibre of Klopp is delusional. As depressing as this sounds we probably need a period of 4-5 years now rebuilding the club and establishing ourselves as a regular top 6/7 team again before we could even hope to attract the likes of a Klopp/Benitez/Mancini or who other else. Once again though, it all really comes down to just how much Mr Ashley is prepared to spend…

  • Matthew Rawlingson

    Only if he speaks with a Dutch accent.

  • Paul Soulsby

    Fer Shurre . . . . . talking of which, I’d have the boy Fer from Rangers. U0001f44d

  • crediblejustin736

    Dortmund is very similar to newcastle, from the medium resource status to even massive fan support. Klopp made them the 2nd best, they were no where near that. He could do the same with us

  • finchy09

    crediblejustin736 I accept the point about Dortmund and Newcastle being similar in some respects, but by taking Dortmund from 13th when he took over, to the league title and champions league final, Klopp has already cemented his position in the echelon of mangers much higher than where Newcastle are currently languishing. Why would he want to build Newcastle up (a la Dortmund) when he could take on a much ‘easier’ project at Man City/Liverpool/Real Madrid etc.

  • Pedrothegreat

    To hit the ground running we need a manager with premiership experience and Mcclaren would fit the bill. I would rather Laudrup or Moyes though, but we could do worse than McClaren.

  • Paul Patterson

    v0ices Paul Patterson  Different club/budgets?
    Who’s to say Mourinho would go to Derby and get them promoted? He probably wouldn’t . .

    You can appoint the best chef in the world to cook in your restaurant, but if you tell him he can only shop in Iceland for his ingredients, you’re f****d.

  • Ollie Burtons Grandad

    Moyes would be won better than the Wally; mind you I reckon Ketsbaia would be a good choice as well.