Steve McClaren says he “can’t wait” for his first Wear-Tyne derby – so he can help Newcastle United end a five-game losing run.
The Premier League fixture list for next season was published today – and McClaren, the club’s new head coach, was drawn to the two derbies against Sunderland.
I experienced the local derbies of Sunderland against Middlesbrough, but this is a little bigger and will be great to be a part of.Steve McClaren
Newcastle take on Dick Advocaat’s side at the Stadium of Light on October 24, and the return fixture at St James’s Park is on March 19.
The 54-year-old says it is “about time” the club ended it’s losing run against its fierce rivals.
“I can’t wait,” said former Middlesbrough manager McClaren. “We will build up to the first one – away from home – in October.
“It’s exciting. I experienced the local derbies of Sunderland against Middlesbrough, but this is a little bigger and will be great to be a part of.
“I had a good record against Sunderland, but that is not important now.
“It was a while ago. I am now head coach of Newcastle – we have lost the last five derbies – and it is about time we reversed that.”