Cheeky snap of Sunderland fan taunting Newcastle boss Steve McClaren over derby defeat goes viral

Under-fire Newcastle boss Steve McClaren
Under-fire Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

It never rains but it pours for Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren!

Fresh from watching his under-performing Newcastle side lose 5-1 away to Crystal Palace, McClaren was the subject of this cheeky prank by a Sunderland fan.

McClaren was attending the annual North East Football Writers' Awards bash at the Ramside Hall in Durham, when the Black Cats fan took his opportunity.

And the classic picture of McClaren looking down to see "I love Sunderland! #6 in a row" staring back at him has gone viral online.

The picture, featuring a beaming Sunderland fan called Serg, was picked up by popular Twitter account TheSPORTBible, who retweeted the snap to their 1,150,000 followers.

It has so far been retweeted more than 400 times.

He later tweeted a picture of the pair both smiling adding: "A really nice man signed autographs for me for a children's charity afterwards."

McClaren's team may be floundering on the pitch but at least he retains a sense of humour off it...