It’s not a surprise that almost every name under the managerial sun is being touted as the potential next Newcastle United manager. But one name that we should take out of the running is Steve McClaren, because there’s no chance Steve will be appointed manager.
Steve McClaren – zero chance of taking over at Newcastle
Don’t get us wrong about Steve, he’s a good man, there’s no doubt about that. But as far as his football management goes, he’s no better than mediocre. He did a reasonable job at Middlesbrough, but never had them too high in the league and the Tees-side team was always very inconsistent. We expect he’s a good organizer behind the scenes, but not destined for greatness as a manager.
His England tenure was of course an absolute disaster but we blame the English FA for that by choosing the manager who upset the least number of people. It looks like the FA learned from their mistake by quickly appointing Fabio Capello, once Steve was sacked.
Where does Steve go now? He would be an excellent manager for a team lower down the Premier league, but we doubt he will be able to land a plum job with one of the better teams in the league. Maybe some team in Europe will offer him an opportunity.
Steve will just have to wait and see what comes up for him, and we’re sure he’s not too short of cash.Â But he shouldn’t hold his breath over a Newcastle appointment.