Steve McClaren has been a player, coach and manager at Derby County and is now being considered to return for a fourth time according to reports this morning.

McClaren first made his name as a coach under former Newcastle boss Jim Smith at Derby in the 90s before working under Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd.

Returning to Derby in 2013 a manager, Steve McClaren was eventually sacked after a promotion bid dramatically collapsed and the Rams finished eighth. The final months of that 2014/15 season had seen McClaren turn down the Newcastle job at least twice after Alan Pardew left for Palace, only at Newcastle would we then still take the clueless one after he’d failed yet again and being sacked.

Tuesday turned out not to be the greatest day for other former Newcastle employees, Sam Allardyce ‘mutually agreeing’ with the FA to be sacked, alongside news that former NUFC assistant Nigel Pearson is now heading for the same fate.

With Derby County having only one win and scoring three goals in their opening nine Championship matches, the club released a short statement ahead of their match away at Cardiff last night.

“Nigel Pearson will not be carrying out his duties at Tuesday’s game at the request of the club. The club will make no further comment at this time.”

The Telegraph then revealed that there had been problems off the pitch as well as the desperate results on the field of play, with Nigel Pearson having had a massive bust-up with Chairman Mel Morris.

They further report that when Steve McClaren was sacked 15 months ago, he hadn’t lost all support within the club, and now Derby County are looking at the unemployed McClaren as a strong contender for the soon to be vacancy.

Also under consideration is reported to be Steve Bruce, still without a job since jumping ship from Hull.

As often happens in these circumstances, Derby County then go and beat Cardiff City 2-0 away last night in their most convincing display of the season so far, Pearson’s number two Chris Powell in charge for the time being.