Newcastle United pursued Patrick Vieira because they were “wound up” by Steve McClaren’s refusal to accept the managerial job twice, according to The Sun.
The British tabloid claim that McClaren was offered the Newcastle job twice - first in January and then in May.
On both occasions, the former Nottingham Forest boss declined as he was with Championship outfit Derby County at the time.
The Sun claim that it was because of McClaren’s refusal that Newcastle went for former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who is currently the manager of the Manchester City Under-21 team.
“The former Middlesbrough and Three Lions chief has been Newcastle’s top target ever since Pardew’s departure,” states the report.
“But they sounded out Manchester City Under-21 coach Vieira because they were wound up by McClaren’s refusal to take the job in January and then May.
“In the end, however, McClaren convinced Newcastle he was the man to take Newcastle forward next season.”
It seems that former Middlesbrough manager McClaren has always been Newcastle’s top managerial target.
Now that both parties have reportedly reached an agreement, they can move past previous issues and start working for next season.
McClaren is a very good manager, and he does appear to be suitable for Newcastle.
If the former England national team coach is supported with funds in the summer transfer window and he is able to sign some good players, then Newcastle should fare better next season than they did in the 2014-15 campaign.