Newcastle United have opted to part ways with Steve McClaren and replace him with Rafa Benitez, a decision which has been coming and surprisingly took this long to go ahead.
The former England boss’ spell with the Magpies was always going to be a battle, considering he wasn’t exactly the supporters’ first choice to take over last summer and he inherited a unbalanced squad.
Signings didn’t work out for him, performances were poor and their current league position of 19th in the Premier League table meant he had to go, with his reputation taking another beating.
Following his failures at England, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and now Newcastle - who will want to give McClaren another shot at management, especially within England’s top two tiers?
The 54-year-old was a player for Derby, he later became assistant manager during Jim Smith’s highly successful reign in the East Midlands and his latest stint at Derby as manager was superb, for a while.
McClaren was desperately unlucky not to guide Derby to promotion from the Championship at the first attempt, and in his first full season in charge the club were top for much of the campaign, only to finish eighth.
From the outside, Derby’s decline now looks like a typical McClaren train wreck - where a couple of bad results go against him and all confidence drops, resulting in a seemingly never-ending decline.
But anyone associated with Derby will know that he was severely handicapped last season, what with key players Chris Martin, Jake Buxton, John Eustace and George Thorne all picking up lengthy injuries.
The Rams, under owner Mel Morris, replaced McClaren last summer with Paul Clement but he has since been given his marching orders, largely due to the club’s poor performances and laboured playing style.
McClaren, in contrast, gave Derby arguably their best 18 months - performance wise - this side of the millennium and the Derby today look a million miles off the team and style which McClaren adopted.
The former Boro boss is still a popular figure with the Derby support, and with no new manager lined up for this summer, he could now represent an interesting and potentially ideal option for the club.