Clement would be a sign of progression from Newcastle, but Derby may be the team to benefit.
Clement, currently coach at Real Madrid, looks likely to leave this summer as Carlo Ancelotti is set to depart the La Liga giants. It is believed that Clement will start his first job as a head coach, rather than following Ancelotti again as an assistant.
Clement’s appointment at the iPro would open the door for McClaren’s move to St James’ Park, but Newcastle should be doing all they can to hire Clement in the first place.
Rather than hiring McClaren, club chiefs should be looking at hiring the man who Derby want to replace him with.
Despite the fears with Clement considering he has never had a senior management role, he is regarded as a fantastic coach, and Aitor Karanka has proven at Middlesbrough that moving from assisting to full-time management is not too large a step.
Hiring McClaren suggests that Newcastle are keen on staying at their current level, whilst adding a bit of stability to the playing side of things. He is a proven manager, although he has been out of the Premier League for a number of years, but does not represent progression.
He is of the same ilk as former managers Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew, being an experienced English boss who will reach expectations.
However, Clement is young, has worked with some of the best teams in European football, and has shown to have an understanding of both high level tactics and man management. He would be an exciting appointment, and one that suggests a desire from Newcastle to move forwards.
Yes, he may be unproven as a manager, and he could require a number of months to come to terms with a Premier League job, but it would show that the Magpies are keen to move away from their cycle of tried and trusted bosses, and into a new era of forward progression.
Newcastle should not be targeting Steve McClaren this summer, they should look at Clement, the man touted to replace him at Derby County.