Wednesday night has seen the details of Steve McClaren Newcastle contract arrangement revealed.
The Mail say that their information is that when the out of work McClaren turned up at St James Park, Mike Ashley gave him an initial three year contract but with unusual incentives.
They report that the contract would be instantly upgraded to a massive eight year one, if Newcastle finished in the top eight of the Premier League or won a Cup this season.
Beaten by Sheffield Wednesday reserves in the League Cup after playing a weakened team himself, McClaren must now pin his hopes on that top eight finish or winning the FA Cup.
However, with a tough FA Cup third round tie at Watford and already 13 points behind Liverpool who are currently eighth in the table, it is hard to see either option bearing fruit.
The Mail infer that this was the basis of why Alan Pardew was awarded an eight year deal in September 2012, after Newcastle finished fifth (top eight)in the 2011/12 season.
When you take into account that Steve McClaren has only ever had one career top ten finish in the Premier League (7th in 2004/05), despite being bankrolled by Steve Gibson at Middlesbrough, the chances of him doing it at Newcastle were always pretty slim…