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Alan Shearer just brilliantly trolled Steve McClaren after Derby re-hire [Tweet]

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Today saw Derby County take the unusual step of re-hiring Steve McClaren as their manager just 17 months after they sacked him.

The former England boss replaces Nigel Pearson, who was himself shown the exit door last week after only five months in charge. A reported training ground bust-up and poor form putting pay to his time at the helm.

McClaren has already gone on record to say he plans to "finish what he started" at the Championship club. However, his slightly strange return hasn't gone down well with everyone. Exhibit A being Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer who offered a savage critique of McClaren in one brilliant tweet.

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Shearer, who may hold some bitterness towards McClaren because of his role in sending Newcastle towards relegation last season, is clearly no fan of the new Derby boss' recent resume.

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It certainly is a bizarre turn of events for McClaren. However, the 55-year-old's managerial career hasn't exactly followed the typical path since he was unceremoniously dumped as Three Lions boss in 2007.

The former Middlesbrough manager has five club teams on his CV since leaving England and, although he had success at Twente where he won the Eredivisie, his reputation hasn't exactly been enhanced elsewhere.

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A failed spell at Wolfsburg was followed by a very brief spell at Nottingham Forest, before a return to Twente.

He did look to be on the road to rebuilding his reputation in England during his first stint at Derby where he had them battling for promotion twice before ultimately failing to get the team over the line.

Then came Shearer's beloved Newcastle where, after spending big in the transfer market, he presided over a dreadful start to the 2015-16 campaign that Rafa Benitez couldn't turn around when he replaced him.

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Now back at Derby, Shearer clearly doesn't believe there is going to be a sudden turnaround for a man who has become the butt of jokes in recent years.

While Derby fans will be hoping that isn't true, what we really should be mourning is the fact that McClaren being back in work means fans will be robbed of brilliant moments of analysis like the one below.

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