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Steve McClaren fired by Derby County — Is Newcastle United his next stop?

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The managerial situation at Newcastle United is flimsy, at best.

John Carver managed to win all of three of 16 games in his time as interim boss to finish the 2014-15 season, all while rumors swirled about his future, the future of the club and who might be brought in next to lead the Magpies either at the end of this season or the beginning of next.

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Steve McClaren, then-manager of Championship side Derby County, rejected Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s early approach at the beginning of May after reaffirming his commitment to getting Derby into the promotion playoffs and winning promotion to the Premier League.

Fast forward almost four weeks, and McClaren is out of a job after Derby failed to even qualify for the playoffs, which begs the question once again: how long until McClaren becomes the latest man in charge of Newcastle United?

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McClaren, in a statement released upon being fired:

“While we were all unhappy with the way the season ended, I still believe real progress was being made. I do not believe or accept that rumors linking me to the Newcastle United job were a factor in the team’s performances this year, as had been alleged. I wanted to remain with the club and was confident in leading the side to a successful season next year.”

For his part, Carver is talking like a man who expects to be employed when the 2015-16 season kicks off on Aug. 8. Just this weekend, upon leading the club to Premier League safety and avoiding relegation, Carver was quoted as saying, “I want a summer where I can bring in the players I want.”

At this point, no one — literally, no one, not even Ashley himself — knows who will be in charge of Newcastle tomorrow, next week, next month or next season, but the never-ending drama at St James’ Park is sure to entertain all summer long. In the end, whoever Ashley puts in the managerial hot seat is likely to be gone not long after, as long as he continues to be the man signing the checks.

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