Paul Simpson was with Steve McClaren at Derby County before joining him at Newcastle United.
Assistant Manager to McClaren, the pair moving to St James Park back in summer 2016 after Derby County failed to get promotion to the Premier League.
Ironically, Paul Simpson could now be heading back to Derby County after they once again failed to get into the top tier, Fulham and Aleksandar Mitrovic beating them in the play-off semi-final.
With the Rams staying down, their manager Gary Rowett is now set to be appointed at relegated Stoke City, with the knock-on effect seeing Paul Simpson made the clear favourite to now take over at Derby County as manager.
Paul Simpson won the Under 20s World Cup with England last summer, Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman two of his star players.
He is now in charge of England Under 19s and is preparing for the European Championship finals which doesn’t take place until 16-29 July.
You can only assume that if he is appointed at Derby County, he will have to pass on the England Under 19s responsibility to somebody else.
With still two months to go until that tournament it would give a replacement plenty of time to prepare.
Interestingly, Paul Simpson was asked previously about a possible return to club management.
It is some seven years since he last tried his hand in management and may fancy this is now the right time and opportunity.
Amusingly, Simpson says that whilst he enjoyed his time at Derby with McClaren in the past, he didn’t enjoy it at Newcastle.
We didn’t hear many complaints from either of them after getting paid off in Marc 2016, after nine months in the job, having made a total mess of things at St James Park.
Mike Ashley leaving it far too late before appointing Rafa Benitez, who cleared all of the McClaren assistants/coaches out, including Simpson, apart from Iain Cathro who was kept on Rafa’s staff.
Paul Simpson will of course end up facing his old mate if taking the Derby job, with Steve McClaren somehow landing the QPR post in recent days.
“I made a conscious decision after I left Stockport (in January 2011) that I wasn’t going to back into it for a good few years.
“I really enjoyed going back to Derby and didn’t want to leave.
“I didn’t enjoy my time at Newcastle but I have really enjoyed the international side of things.”