According to The Daily Mail, Steve McClaren and Patrick Vieira are in contention of the Newcastle United managerial job.
McClaren is a ‘free agent’ after getting sacked by Championship club Derby County last month.
Meanwhile, former France international midfielder Vieira is on the staff at Manchester City as an elite development coach at the moment, but his current contract runs out this summer.
The Daily Mail claims that former Nottingham Forest boss McClaren “has re-emerged as the frontrunner” at St. James’ Park and has two factors in his favour.
1) McClaren has the backing of Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr and has already indicated that he is happy to work within the current managerial structure at the club.
2) The former Middlesbrough manager is available to work immediately, and Newcastle will not have to pay the £2m compensation they were previously prepared to part with.
Vieira, though, has one major factor in his favour: the fans. According to The Daily Mail, “Newcastle are desperate to get fans back onside after another season stained by protests and terrace unrest.”
It will not be easy for the Newcastle bosses to make a final decision. On paper, McClaren is the better candidate, as he knows the Premier League inside out and has managerial experience.
However, Vieira is one of the greatest players in Premier League history, and his experience as a youth coach cannot be dismissed.