West Brom manager Steve Clarke joined Newcastle as the Assistant manager to Ruud Gullit, when the Dutchman was appointed the Newcastle manager, after Kenny Dalglish was fired early in the 1998-1999 season.
Steve Clarke – West Brom manager and former Newcastle coach
Ruud only lasted one season on Tyneside, and was fired about a year into the job, after Newcastle were beaten 2-1 in the home game at St. James’ Park against Sunderland, and he had left Alan Shearer out of the starting line-up for that game .
Gullit was fired by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd immediately after the game that very wet night in Newcastle – it rained cats and dogs throughout the game .
But Steve Clarke stayed on at Newcastle and worked with Bobby Robson, who was brought in to manage Newcastle, who at the time were second bottom of the league with just 2 points in September of 1999.
Steve has said a number of times he learned a lot about football management from Bobby, and he talked today in the local press about Newcastle’s legendary manager:
“I was lucky to work with Bobby for a year and I took a lot from the way he dealt with and managed the players.” “He was great to me because he knew I was a young coach who wanted to learn and he sat me in on some of the meetings when he was one-to-one with a player.”
“He would have me there to watch and observe and see how he spoke to and dealt with players and that was absolutely invaluable for me.” “It was just his manner and his way of getting the best out of players. As a manager there is not one way to get the best out of a number of different people.”
“There are a number of different ways to get the best, and Bobby seemed to have the gift of being able to recognise and understand what sort of motivational tool he had to use at that time.”
And Steve didn’t stop at praising Bobby Robson, and he had some good words to say about our current manager Alan Pardew, who of course won the Premier League Manager of the Year and the LMA Manager of the Year awards for last season, when Newcastle finished in 5th place – the highest we had finished since Bobby was managing the club.
“I thought they were fantastic last season.” “I would say it is the best team since that Sir Bobby team that did really well. “They came out of that into a period that was a little more rocky and now they’re trying to get that stability back. “If you can get stability at any club then it makes it easier for the people who are trying to make it successful.”
We still hope Newcastle can be fantastic this season, but we’ve got to start winning games rather than just drawing them, and hopefully, we can start a winning streak tomorrow against Steve Clarke’s side West Brom, who have looked a good side so far this season.
We need the win tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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