Steve McClaren's nine months in charge at St James' Park brought little joy to supporters of Newcastle United. But that could be about to change amid reports linking McClaren with the managerial vacancy at Newcastle's north-east rivals, Sunderland.
According to the Northern Echo, McClaren, who has also worked as Middlesbrough boss, has been in touch with Sunderland since Jack Ross's sacking on Tuesday.
It is fair to say that few of a Mackems persuasion are enthused by the speculation. But that is certainly not the case up the road in Tyneside.
This is how Newcastle fans are reacting on Twitter...
PLEASE— Nufctony (@ACunningham07) October 10, 2019
As newcastle fan I like to see this— Andrew Gilbert (@gilbertr0n) October 10, 2019
McClaren would be a good choice to get them out of League 1.— MSW (@Toonattics) October 10, 2019
To League 2?— Graham Corking but spookier (@GRCorking) October 10, 2019
Even Sunderland don’t deserve him tbh— Francis Marshall (@FMarshallNUFC) October 10, 2019
Even I would feel sorry for Sunderland if they got him— ianmarshall. (@ian9694) October 10, 2019
Wouldn't even wish him on a Makem.— Raven Nyte (@RavenNyte) October 10, 2019
Much better career record than Bruce, to be fair to the useless goon.— ⚕ ᑕᕼᖇIS ⚕ (@kicka11) October 10, 2019
You love to see it— Newcastle is depression (@Schneeszn1) October 10, 2019
Imagine Steve McClaren becomes the new manager of Sunderlol... get him signed up lads, he's an absolute treat.— James Martin (@i_jamesmartin) October 10, 2019
Former Middlesbrough manager and Newcastle United overused board member Steve McClaren asks about the Sunderland job in a move to make everybody laugh in one go.— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) October 10, 2019
i hope steve mclaren actually ends up at sunderland— Jordan (@JordanLee582) October 10, 2019
McClaren is a former assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and experienced some success after going it alone at Middlesbrough, FC Twente and Derby County.
But a disastrous spell in charge of the England national team did significant damaged to the 58-year-old's reputation, which has not been helped by further difficult ones at Wolfsburg, Twente (again), Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and QPR.
In all seriousness - would McClaren do a job for Sunderland?
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