Steve McClaren could be appointed as Newcastle Manager/Head Coach as early as today, according to press claims this morning.

Constant speculation has linked the former England and Boro boss to the Newcastle job since Alan Pardew walked in December and now it is reported that Newcastle have approached McClaren to become an immediate appointment.

Derby’s season prematurely ended yesterday and so in theory he could be free to move straight over and finish the season at St. James’ Park.

The claims are being made across the media but they appear to have originated from the Sunday People, so caution should be advised as they have a conversion rate of their ‘exclusives’ which is very similar to Emmanuel Riviere’s in the Premier League.

Even though the French striker now has zero goals in 20 Premier League appearances, maybe this latest Sunday People exclusive will be the exception to the rule that does creep into the back of the net.

If Newcastle are looking for inspiration to save them in these final three matches, then many United fans might wonder if the wally with the brolly is the right man for the job.

On Saturday, Derby only needed a point to reach the play-offs and somehow ended up getting beat 3-0 at home by Reading who finished the season sixth bottom.

Recommended reading is an article that appeared on The Mag last night, featuring Derby fans commenting on what they thought of Steve McClaren moving to Newcastle from Derby.