By Danny Wright
Newcastle were quick to poke fun at Middlesbrough when they sacked Aitor Karanka on Thursday.
Suggestions that Steve McClaren should replace the former Real Madrid assistant boss in charge at the Riverside sparked a series of jokes from the Toon Army aimed at their north-east rivals.
The 55-year-old managed Middlesbrough for five years before leaving in 2006 and has since had a terrible time in charge at Newcastle between 2015 and 2016.
After being sacked by the Magpies, he found himself at Derby where he lasted just five months until he was sacked on Sunday.
McLaren has also had failed spells as the manager of England, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.
Boro are currently 19th in the Premier League this season and have failed to win in nine league games dating back to mid-December.
Newcastle fans have now suggested that it would be hilarious if their rivals replaced Karanka with the ex-England boss and have even suggested that they go as far as bringing in other failed staff members of the club including Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear.
If things were to finish as they stand, Newcastle would replace Boro and fierce rivals Sunderland in England’s top flight.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Toon Army suggesting that McClaren should take the Riverside vacancy:
Praying for Steve McClaren to get the Middlesbrough job ????????????????
— Ashley Robson ???????? (@AshRobson95) March 16, 2017
@Boro Announce McClaren x
— Cameron (@Cameron_NUFC) March 16, 2017
Who next for boro? McClaren, Pardew, Hodgson think they missed an opportunity in Rowett he might of been good fit there.
— Paul!!⚽ (@pauljohnsonnufc) March 16, 2017
A lot has been made of what a great No.2 McClaren is, how about a dream team of him & Pardew, throw in Kinnear as Director of Footy too
— John Dixon (@DickoNortheast) March 16, 2017
— Steven Johnson ???? (@Magic_Johnson88) March 16, 2017
Haha, I would love to see Bob Bradley get a chance at Boro. It would also be hilarious if McClaren goes to the Boro too
— Blocked by Jim Irsay, DeAndre Hopkins, and Big Ben (@BROKENJagsFan) March 16, 2017
Steve McClaren back to Boro ???????????????? IMAGINE pic.twitter.com/NpoGZOoGwY
— Lewis Jury (@LewisJury) March 16, 2017
— Chris Fairless (@cwfairless) March 16, 2017
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