Derby fans have no sympathy for their former manager after his latest sacking.
But there was a school a thought suggesting that persistent speculation linking him with Newcastle played a role in a poor end to the campaign, with County winning one of their last five matches to scupper their hopes of the playoffs.
He had long denied the United links during his time at the iPro Stadium, but took over at St James's Park less than a month after parting company with Derby.
Imagine what Steve McClaren could have achieved at Derby had he not been completely enamoured with Newcastle. #dcfc— Rob (@RobSwain92) March 11, 2016
And when you think mclaren pretty much gave it all up at dcfc to take over at Newcastle. It's quite a car crash really— Nick Hughes (@Nik_ader) March 11, 2016
McClaren took charge of Derby in 2013 and led them to the Championship playoff final that season, where they lost to Queens Park Rangers.
He has been replaced on Tyneside by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, first reported by HITC Sport last week.