John Carver reveals his 'chat' with Steve McClaren

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Newcastle United head coach John Carver spoke to Derby County manager Steve McClaren on Tuesday.

Newcastle United head coach John Carver has been quoted as saying by BT Sport that he spoke to Derby County manager Steve McClaren on Tuesday.

Carver met the former Nottingham Forest boss when he went to watch the Newcastle Under-21 side take on their Derby County counterparts.

"I had a good chat with Steve McClaren, we had a good talk,” BT Sport quotes the 50-year-old as saying. “We didn't talk about anything other than my situation and about what my players are doing on the pitch.

"It was all about me and how I had to cope with it, and even he said, ’It’s been a difficult thing for you John, I understand that. But you've handled it quite well. You've had to cope with it’."

It is interesting that Carver and McClaren spoke to each other on Tuesday, as the latter has been linked with the job at Newcastle.

According to BT Sport, Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has McClaren on his shortlist for the managerial position.

Carver’s current contract with the Magpies runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.

McClaren would be a good manager for Newcastle, but he is with Derby at the moment. If the Rams gain promotion to the Premier League, then one suspects that he would not be inclined to leave the iPro Stadium for St. James’ Park.

However, stranger things have happened in football. Managing a club as big as Newcastle is certainly an attractive proposition for any manager.

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