Jermain Defoe urges Steve McClaren to choose Sunderland over Newcastle

Jermain Defoe has urged Steve McClaren to reject Newcastle United's managerial offer in order to take over at North East rivals Sunderland instead.

Steve McClaren’s appointment as Newcastle’s new head coach is set to be rubber-stamped, as per ChronicleLive, at the start of next week.

The former Derby County boss has not returned from his summer holiday as of yet, forcing a slight delay in Newcastle's appointment.

The 54-year-old has reportedly held a series of discussions with Magpies managing director Lee Charnley, as per the Guardian, and is believed to be keen on managing at St James’ Park following his departure from Championship outfit Derby County.

However, with Sunderland in a similar situation, looking to appoint a replacement for Dick Advocaat, who rejected the opportunity to remain manager of the club after guiding them to Premier League safety, Jermain Defoe has urged McClaren to choose the Black Cats.

Despite working with McClaren during his unsuccessful spell at the head of the England team, the Sunderland striker regards his former boss as the ideal candidate to take over at the Stadium of Light.

“You have to think about who is available and those out of work, but more importantly you need someone who can get results,” Defoe told the Northern Echo.

“Sam Allardyce fits that description, and so too does Steve McClaren.

“He’s someone I played under for England. He’s a good coach, and I always enjoyed training with him. He’s a good manager with good experience – especially at this level.”

Sean Dyche is another potential candidate for Sunderland despite his Burnley side being relegated from the Premier League. Armin Veh, who has previously managed Stuttgart, is also regarded as a genuine contender, as per the Daily Mail.

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