Michael Owen raves about Newcastle United-linked Derby County boss Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

Michael Owen backs Derby County manager Steve McClaren to be a good managerial appointment at Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

Michael Owen has told BT Sport that Steve McClaren would be a good candidate for the Newcastle United managerial job.

McClaren is currently in charge of Championship outfit Derby County, while Premier League strugglers Newcastle will be looking to appoint a full-time head coach at the end of the season.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Owen believes that the 53-year-old would be a good successor to John Carver at St. James’ Park.

“It doesn’t look like John Carver will get the job on a permanent basis,” Owen said on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday.

“I think if Derby don’t go up into the Premier League, then Steve McClaren could be a good candidate for that job…

“He is an exceptional coach. I have worked with a lot of good coaches in my time, and he is right up there.”

McClaren has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the summer, with The Daily Star recently claiming that the former England head coach is the Magpies’ number one choice.

Much will depend on whether Derby can finish in the Championship playoffs this season and then get promoted to the Premier League, of course.

Nevertheless, McClaren has proved since his return to English football that he is a superb coach and does deserve another crack at managing a club in the Premier League.

The comments from Owen about the former Manchester United assistant manager being an “exceptional” coach should also be encouraging for the Newcastle fans.

After all, the former Real Madrid striker has worked with some of the best coaches and managers, and he knows what he is talking about.

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