Michael Gray has taken a cheap shot at the ongoing mess at St James Park.

Just in case you have never heard of him, the highlight of Michael Gray’s career was when he missed the penalty in the 1998 play-offs, which sent Charlton rather than Sunderland into the Premier League.

Asked about the situation at St James Park, Gray said that he hopes Steve McClaren keeps his job as he could take Newcastle down.

After everybody had recovered following his hilarious comment, Michael Gray said that McClaren ‘doesn’t seem to be getting the best out of his players’, which is a little bit like saying…’not many people want to live in Sunderland’.

It is clear to anybody that McClaren has been a disaster and whilst the Newcastle squad are no world beaters, it is hard to imagine they are really quite as bad as he has made them look – especially with £80m spent in his nine months in charge.

Michael Gray claims that ‘there is only going to be one outcome’ when Mike Ashley relies how hopeless McClaren is, but no guarantees of that as the owner needs a yes man who won’t rock the boat and after Pardew and McClaren, hard to see anybody else remotely credible (on first appearances) who would be willing to the next gofer.

Michael Gray speaking on Talksport:

“I hope he (Steve McClaren) keeps his job…he might take them down.

“Sorry – that was my Sunderland head speaking.

“He doesn’t seem to be getting the best out of his players and when the hierarchy can see that… there is only going to be one outcome.

“Getting a fresh face in might be the right thing to do.”