Despite six months of pondering from Newcastle United - and the media having a field day linking a whole host of names with the Magpies hotseat - ultimately it appears likely that the original favourite will take over the permanent head coach's role at St James' Park from Alan Pardew. John Carver was given the job on a caretaker and then interim basis, but Pardew's ex-assistant looks likely to revert to his former role - and instead Newcastle appear destined to hand over the reins to Steve McClaren. The ex-England boss rebuffed the Magpies' initial advances in January, determined to achieve promotion from the Championship with Derby County instead, before rejecting the opportunity to save Newcastle from relegation with three games to go. Yet his sacking by the Rams last week - following his side's failure to even reach the Championship play-offs - has made McClaren available once more. Newcastle's interest in McClaren primarily stems from his strong relationship with the club's chief scout, Graham Carr. McClaren has been Carr's preference from the beginning of the selection process as he believes the pair could enjoy a fruitful partnership as head coach and chief scout. If that is the case, then what areas of Newcastle's team will the pair look to strengthen? And which players will be high on McClaren's summer shopping list? Well here are 10 players Steve McClaren could look to bring with him to Newcastle United if he is confirmed as the next permanent Magpies boss.
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