McClaren edges closer to Newcastle job as Derby seek replacement

The Championship high-flyers know they face a fight to keep the former England boss from Tyneside and have identified Sean Dyche and Mark Warburton as potential successors
By Graeme Bailey

Derby County have drawn up a list of managerial targets as they brace themselves for Steve McClaren taking the Newcastle job in the summer, Goal understands.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Brentford’s departing head coach Mark Warburton are Derby's preferred choices to replace McClaren, who was originally approached by Newcastle when Alan Pardew left at the turn of the year.

McClaren remains focused on Derby's Championship promotion charge but Newcastle are happy to wait until the summer to appoint him as permanent successor to interim boss John Carver.

Carver has impressed the Newcastle hierarchy but Derby are aware that they face a real fight to keep McClaren from going to Tyneside even if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Derby are understood to want another younger coach to succeed McClaren and Dyche, who upset the odds to get Burnley promoted last season and may yet work another miracle by leading them to survival in the Premier League.
Warburton is set to depart Brentford at the end of the season after a breakdown in his relationship with owner Matthew Benham despite excellent work at Griffin Park, and he could yet leave them as a Premier League club.

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