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