Why Newcastle are wasting their time trying to poach McClaren from Derby

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The Daily Star has suggested Newcastle are pinning their hopes on landing Steve McClaren as their new boss from Derby County this summer.

The Daily Star reported overnight that Derby County boss Steve McClaren is the number one target for Newcastle if he doesn’t win promotion with the Rams this season.

John Carver is set to remain in caretaker charge of Newcastle for the rest of the season, but if the Magpies are placing their hopes on poaching the Derby boss, they’re set to be disappointed.

McClaren distanced himself from the Newcastle job with quotes reported by Goal.com at the end of December.

It’s unlikely that he would have completely flipped on his opinion within the space of a month.

The idea that his Derby future relates to promotion is also flawed.

McClaren will be aware of the pressure to get the Rams back into the Premier League, but there has been no indication from himself or any source from earlier in the season, which suggests his future at the club is related to winning promotion this season.

It’s the ultimate aim and Derby could still achieve it, but it would be surprising if such an experienced and high profile boss jumped ship at the first opportunity.

If McClaren had a desire to go and manage Newcastle, he would have seized the opportunity to do so because there is still a very long time left this season.

There would have been ample time for anyone replacing him at Derby to get to grips with the side and engineer their chances of going up.

It’s also reasonable to suggest that the selection of managers Newcastle can choose from at the end of the season will be wider.

John Carver may have guided the side to a top six finish, some high profile bosses could be freshly sacked and the variety of coaches for Newcastle to choose from and interview will be far greater.

McClaren has the look of a manager who is in for the long haul at Derby and Newcastle won’t change that.

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