Derby County boss Steve McClaren in frame for Southampton job?

Steve McClaren of Derby County gives out instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on February 10, 2014
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Derby County head coach Steve McClaren is reportedly a contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Southampton manager.

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has reportedly emerged as a contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Southampton manager.

Pochettino is thought to be in talks with Tottenham Hotspur, who have offered the Argentine a three-year deal to take over at White Hart Lane, according to a report.

The Saints are said to have been lining up possible replacements for Pochettino for some time.

McClaren has enjoyed a successful season with Derby, having led the club to the Championship playoff final, where they lost against Queens Park Rangers.

The former England manager has the backing of Southampton executive director Les Reed, according to the Daily Star.

McClaren took charge of the Rams in September 2013.

Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton kicks the ball during a friendly match between Southampton FC and UE Llagostera at the Josep Pla i Arbones Stadium on July 17, 2013
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