Steve McClaren confounded the way he failed to get Derby promoted from a strong position mid-way through the season, to still land a Premier League role after being sacked.
Speculation over a move to Newcastle was widely seen as in part to blame for Derby's poor end to the season.
While the Rams were in play-off contention, having slipped out of the automatic promotion places, rumours began to emerge that he could be in line to take over from John Carver as Newcastle manager.
Derby suffered a surprise collapse on the final day of the season and missed the play-offs entirely, and McClaren was later subsequently sacked, replaced with Carlo Ancelotti's former Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement.
Upon his appointment as Newcastle boss, McClaren was quoted by the GazetteLive newspaper, stating: "I always wanted to join Newcastle. They're one of the biggest clubs in Europe."
These comments did not go down well among Derby fans, with his words seen as confirmation of his distracted stance during the final weeks of the club's season.
With the Rams now facing another battle to earn promotion, there is a sense of bitterness that McClaren has landed a plum job in the league they are aspiring to earn the right to play in.
Here is a look at how supporters reacted to his appointment via Twitter...
Steve McLaren's comments today on joining Newcastle only confirm Derby were right to get rid.Disappointing from him really #dcfc— J n Rumley (@jon_rumley) June 10, 2015
Just listened to the McLaren interview, what a hypocrite good riddance, Newcastle deserve him.#dcfc— Mark Warton (@Mwarton15) June 10, 2015
Always believed McClaren was a weasel, now we have proof. Taken #dcfc and its fans for idiots. Man of zero integrity. Hope he fails badly.— Ian Redfern (@redfern_ian) June 10, 2015
McClaren claimed that #dcfc was a club he cared about a lot when he was sacked. Well he's hated by us all & he can only blame himself.— Jimmy Gregory (@JimmyDCFC) June 10, 2015