Leicester City defender Danny Simpson has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Steve McClaren is a 'top class' coach.
Still, McClaren is expected to lose his job ahead of Monday's trip to face Leicester City, with the Daily Mail reporting that the parties are still negotiating his departure, with Spaniard Rafael Benitez set to arrive as his replacement.
McClaren's reign appears to be entering its final hours, and he will leave less than a year after his arrival, having left Derby County last summer, with his time on Tyneside far from a success.
The former England boss has been criticised throughout the campaign, with fans audibly booing at the final whistle against Bournemouth last weekend - but one Premier League defender has offered a positive opinion on the beleaguered Newcastle boss.
Leicester star Danny Simpson made almost 150 appearances for Newcastle, spending four years at the club before joining QPR, where he worked with McClaren, who was a coach at Loftus Road.
Simpson told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he felt McClaren was 'top class' at QPR, and was great for morale amongst the players, so he can't understand what has gone so wrong for him at Newcastle.
Simpson did also comment on Newcastle fans, suggesting that they just want to see their team give everything, and shouldn't be criticised for their booing against Bournemouth.
"I'm surprised, because he came to QPR...obviously he wasn't the manager, he was a coach, but with the lads, he was top class," said Simpson. "For the morale, he was very good, so I don't know what's going wrong."
"I was there for four years, and apart from now, it was probably the best time of my career. The fans just want to see you give 100%, and they're happy. If every single one of them is fighting on the pitch, they're happy. You can't criticise the fans, I don't think," he added.
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