Steve McClaren has made contact with Sunderland over their vacant managerial position, a report from the Northern Echo has claimed.
McClaren is no stranger to the North East, having previously taken charge of Middlesbrough for five years between 2001 and 2006 before taking over as England manager, a role he was sacked from when the Three Lions failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
The former midfielder also endured a disastrous spell in charge of Newcastle between June 2015 and March 2016, where he won seven and lost 18 of his 31 games in charge of the Magpies.
It is now thought that McClaren could be keen on a third spell in that particular part of the world, with reports claiming that he is one of several managers to have made contact with Sunderland about taking over at the Stadium of Light.
The 58-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by QPR in April 2019, and has reportedly been joined by former Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and ex-Bolton manager Phil Parkinson in taking an interest in the role.
Sunderland are searching for a new manager after sacking Jack Ross on Tuesday, with the Black Cats currently sixth in League One.
It has also been reported that Sunderland have approached five clubs about speaking to their managers with regards to the role at the Stadium of Light, with Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth one of those under consideration.
Daniel Stendel, who was recently sacked by Barnsley, is also said to be in contention to take over at Sunderland following his own departure from Oakwell on Tuesday.
I think Sunderland would do well to steer clear of McLaren here.
When you look at McClaren’s record in recent years, it isn’t one that exactly inspires confidence for a team who are aiming for promotion this season.
Add to that his previous history with both Middlesbrough and Newcastle, and this would surely not be a popular appointment at the Stadium of Light either.
Indeed, when you look at some of the other names to have been linked with the role, it doesn’t really seem like there is any need for Sunderland to follow up on this interest anytime soon.