News today that Steve McClaren has now applied for his first job since being sacked at Newcastle.

A serial failure for many years, it was a disaster when Newcastle appointed a manager sacked for failing in the Championship (once again) but then an even bigger one when they persevered with Steve McClaren’s shocking results and excuses all the way up to only 10 games remaining.

Having steered Newcastle into the Championship, McClaren is now hoping to be facing United next season.

No surprise that it is not a Premier League club he is attempting to target, instead the former England boss has applied for the vacancy at Cardiff City.

Russell Slade has gone upstairs to be Head of Football and Wales Online say that Steve McClaren is one of 18 outside candidates to contact Cardiff City and register their interest in the post.

Interviews are being carried out by Cardiff City over the course of the weekend and confirmation of the new Manager is expected next week.

As well as interviewing external candidates, Cardiff coaches Paul Trollope and James Rowberry are also set to discuss the job with club bosses.

As for Steve McClaren’s chances, Wales Online say that they understand that Cardiff are unlikely to pick the former Newcastle boss ahead of other stronger candidates.

You can hardly blame the Welsh club if they don’t see McClaren as a credible candidate after the mess he made at St James Park and his failures elsewhere in recent years at the likes of both Forest and Derby in the Championship.

Exactly what made him the right person for the Newcastle job, apart from being another Ashley yes man, is very much open to question.