Steve McClaren set to become Newcastle United manager this summer

McClaren now 1/6 with the bookmakers to replace John Carver

Steve McClaren set to become Newcastle United manager this summer

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May 1st, 2015

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Derby County have a chance to land promotion to the Premier League this season, although the Rams will have a new boss next season irrespective of whether they go up or stay down.

Steve McClaren looks nailed-on to replace John Carver at St James’ Park, with the bookies now shortening the former England coach to 1/6 and the move from Pride Park to Tyneside appears a formality.

Incidentally, McClaren met Carver this week in the Midlands as Derby and Newcastle’s reserve teams met, with the latter revealing that they had a chat about the pressures of managing the Magpies.

“We had a good talk,” said Carver. “But we didn’t discuss anything other than my situation and what my players are doing on the pitch. It was all about me and how I had to cope with it.

“He said: ‘It’s been a difficult thing for you, John, I understand that,’” said Carver. “‘But you’ve handled it quite well. You’ve had to cope with it.’ He didn’t mention this job, absolutely 100% not, he just asked how I was dealing with it.

“Paul and Steve Round were there too,” said Newcastle’s head coach. “I know them well but there was no talk about all the rumours.

“They had to give me some respect, let’s be honest,” said Carver. “Whether they’re in for the job or not they had to give me that respect so they were never going to talk about anything like the rumours – and Steve McClaren was interested in what I’m going through because he knows me as a person.”

Nevertheless, it is not thought that Carver will be given the opportunity to manage Newcastle beyond the summer, with McClaren the front-runner and preparing himself to make the step up after acquitting himself well with Derby.

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