Steve McClaren could re-emerge as a contender for the Newcastle United job – weeks after turning down an approach from the club.
McClaren is in the United States for talks with Derby County chief executive Sam Rush.
And the 54-year-old’s future at the iPro Stadium rests on talks with Rush, who has been in dialogue with the club’s North American owners and influential minority shareholder Mel Morris.
Relegation-threatened Newcastle approached McClaren to take charge for the final three games of the season.
But the former England coach, reeling from his team’s failure to make the Championship play-offs, declined the offer and reiterated his commitment to Derby.
Should McClaren and Derby part company this week, it seems inconceivable that United would not consider him again as a candidate for the head coach job at United, handed to John Carver until the end of the season.
However, Newcastle, having been turned down twice by McClaren, may choose to look elsewhere.
Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director, will not make any decision on the club’s next head coach until after Sunday’s final home game of the season against West Ham United.
By then, McClaren’s position at the iPro Stadium will be a lot clearer.