The former England international striker was apparently impressed with McClaren’s strategy during Newcastle’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
Both of the goals that the Magpies scored in their comeback win came from substitutes.
Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised for Newcastle on 74 minutes, and Ayoze Perez scored the winner three minutes into the extra time.
Tottenham legend Lineker was following the match, and this was his reaction to the Magpies’ stunning victory:
Steve McCLaren is a genius!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 13, 2015
Newcastle’s win against Tottenham was their second in a row in the Premier League and followed last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies are now 15th in the league table with 16 points from as many games, two points above the relegation zone.
Newcastle will take on fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa at St. James’ Park in the league next weekend.