The Daily Mail reported at the end of last month that Newcastle United are ready to pay Derby £2 million for McClaren to become their next manager and Murphy predicted what would happen if McClaren does leave.
“Listen if he (McClaren) leaves, they’re going to have a whole host of managers lining up for that job because Derby are a great club,” said Murphy.
McClaren has done a good job with the Rams this season and their campaign isn’t over because they could still get promoted into the Premier League through the play-offs.
It would be interesting to see what McClaren would do if Derby do get promoted and Newcastle make a formal approach for him.
Derby are a great club and have plenty going for them if their association with the former England manager comes to an end.
They have a good infrastructure, passionate fans, the ability to be competitive in the transfer market and a good youth system.
It’s an appealing proposition and the calibre of the CVs which will be going into Derby would be impressive, but hopefully McClaren can get the team promoted and consolidate them as a Premier League club, with the boss and officials showing the rare commodity of continuity and loyalty.