Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McClaren Is Backed to Succeed in Premier

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McClaren Is Backed to Succeed in Premier

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Byline: Lee Ryder lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk Twitter: @lee_ryder

STEVE McCLAREN'S managerial capabilities have been given a huge thumbs up by the man who broke Geordie hearts - Jermain Defoe. The former England striker worked with the man who is likely to take over at St James' Park next week, and believes that Sunderland may have missed a trick on not appointing his ex-Three Lions boss. McClaren - still on a summer holiday and set to sign a deal at Newcastle on his return - has not worked in the North East since leaving Middlesbrough 2006. But Defoe said: "He's someone I played under for England. "He's a good coach and I always enjoyed training with him. "He's a good manager with good experience, especially at this level." Defoe has also expressed his views on who Sunderland should appoint next, and says McClaren fits the bill. He added: "You have to think about who is available, those out of work but someone who can get results. "Sam Allardyce fits that description. "And so too does Steve McClaren." But Defoe was full of praise for the departing Dick Advocaat who left the Stadium of Light after leading them to survival with a game to spare. Defoe, who scored a great goal to win the derby for the Wearsiders, said: "The fans and most of the Turn to Page 46 McClaren backed to be a hit in top fLight. FROM BACK PAGE players would have loved Dick stay because he came in's Andid exactly what was required." But the 32-year-old does not want to experience another relegation battle next term, and said: "It was good to stay up but we don't want to be here again next season. "We need to be in a position where in the second half of the season we can enjoy our football and look to finish as high as we can." Meanwhile, United picked up huge cheque in Premier League prize money last season - despite finishing 15th. The Magpies netted a total PS77,835,102 in TV rights and Premier League prize money. …

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