Derby boss linked with Newcastle job

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has emerged as the favourite to become the new boss at Newcastle United after current Magpies gaffer Alan Pardew was given permission to talk to Crystal Palace.

Under McClaren, Derby have excelled in the Championship and following Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Leeds United, the Rams sit in third place in the table.

After infamously overseeing a disastrous Euro 2008 qualifying campaign as England manager where the Three Lions failed to qualify for the tournament, McClaren has slowly repaired his reputation, winning the Dutch title with FC Twente and turning Derby County into promotion contenders.

Speaking to TalkSport, former Newcastle defender Darren Peacock believes that McClaren would be the ideal choice for the Magpies, but doubts whether owner Mike Ashley would be willing to pay out compensation.

“McClaren for me sticks out,” he said.

“He’s so experienced and he’s a great coach as well. I would certainly look at him.

‘To be honest, I feel he [Newcastle owner Mike Ashley] won’t go after anybody that he has to pay compensation. I think it’s going to be really interesting, his next move.

“I think it’ll give an indication for his intentions for the club. Most probably he’ll bring John Carver in, and if John does a good job he’s most probably going to stick with him.”

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