By North-East correspondent
Newcastle are poised to make a new approach for Steve McClaren at the end of the season, Football Insider sources understand.
The north-east club failed in a bid to entice the Derby County manager in January but will make another attempt in the summer.
Football Insider has learned that McClaren is Newcastle’s No1 choice to take over from temporary head coach John Carver, who will not be invited to extend his disastrous spell in charge.
Owner Mike Ashley and his fellow directors hold McClaren in high regard, particularly for his success at Middlesbrough and Derby in bringing through young players.
The former England manager has two years to run on the Derby contract he signed last summer and, with the Championship club challenging for the play-offs, will assess any offers at the end of the season.
McClaren admitted at a Derby event last week that he had “turned Newcastle down” when they made their approach in January after Alan Pardew had resigned his position at St James’ Park to take over at Crystal Palace.
Newcastle faced paying £2million if they had firmed up their interest and put the move for. McClaren on hold until the summer, when it is believed they will have to pay a reduced compensation sum.
The decision to give Carver the job on a temporary basis has backfired, with the team winning just twice in the 16 matches he has been in charge.