The Chronicle has reported that former Derby County manager Steve McClaren is set to be named as the new Newcastle United manager, when he returns from holiday next week.
McClaren has previously been linked with the top job at St James’s Park and while he may have wanted to stay at Derby, the chance to manage the Magpies is difficult for any professional coach to turn down.
The paper suggests that McClaren will be told that money isn’t an object in terms of improving the team, with the emphasis on finding a new defender and a new striker to fit into the squad.
A new defender is paramount considering the struggles John Carver has last season, when he was forced to use players out of position to cover across his back four.
The Chronicle suggests that Carver will remain as part of the coaching setup at the club, providing some initial advice to McClaren over the best way forward for the club and the team, as they look to prevent a repeat of the problems which surrounded the majority of last season.