Danny Murphy explains why Steve McClaren would struggle at Newcastle

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Former England man Danny Murphy feels Steve McClaren would have a problem as manager of Newcastle United.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he feels Steve McClaren would struggle at Newcastle United.

McClaren has been linked with the top job at Newcastle by the Shields Gazette among other papers and while complimentary of his old boss’, Murphy feels there is a problem at the Magpies, which would trip him up.

“He’s one of the best managers I’ve worked with in terms of his coaching and his tactics, but the problem I think is the players - If they don’t change then he’d struggle,” he said.

McClaren’s current side Derby County will feel as though they have a great chance of keeping him because they still have a very good chance of getting promoted into the Premier League.

Promotion through the Championship play-offs would make it very difficult for Newcastle, or any other interested club, to approach McClaren to do a deal.

He’d more than likely want the chance to try and keep the Rams in the top flight and the chance to improve their record from the last time they were a Premier League team.

It’s impossible to predict whether Newcastle will spend big in the upcoming transfer market, because no one knows who the manager will be for next season.

Until that decision is made, the squad can’t be trimmed of players and whoever is in charge of Newcastle can’t make a decision over which areas of the squad he feels need to be improved.

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