Rafa Benítez’s concerns remind McClaren some things never change at Newcastle

The Derby manager returns to St James’ Park to find his successor experiencing a number of the problems he did despite their lofty position in the Championship

When Steve McClaren climbs the steps at the back of the Milburn Stand and walks into main reception at St James’ Park on Saturday, Derby County’s manager will almost certainly have a strange sense of deja vu.

Almost 11 months after his sacking from the same position at Newcastle United, McClaren is likely to detect strangely familiar tensions and disturbing political undercurrents swirling in the Tyneside air.

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