The big news today on the search for a new Newcastle head coach was that Steve McClaren came out and said he was not interested in the Newcastle job.
Steve McClaren – not interested in Newcastle job
This is what Steve told the Derby Telegraph today:
“Sam Rush (Derby CEO) spoke to me about three times last week and I said to him then, “look, don’t worry, I am going nowhere.” ‘I have got a job to do here. I don’t want to let people down here. You’ve got to show loyalty.”
“Derby have given me a great opportunity. They have backed me and Sam and the owners have been fantastic.” “We have asked players to commit to long contracts to take Derby forward, and the staff as well.”
“We are building here and I want to see the job through.” “I love it here. I don’t want to let people down and there is no question of that, despite all the rumors.”
“These things are going to crop up with players and with staff, and it can’t derail us.” “Our objective is to push for the Premier League and we feel we are in a good position to do that.”
“I don’t want to let people down on that. The supporters have been fantastic with me from day one.” “There is nothing in my mind that says I am going anywhere.”
Those are good words from Steve, and he’s rebuilding his reputation and career after a disastrous time in charge of the England team, so it’s probably a good decision not to want the Newcastle head coach job.
And it’s not surprising that the odds on Steve have lengthened, but those of French coach Remi Garde have shortened.
Here’s the current betting odds on Sky Bet at the time of writing – at almost midnight on Tuesday night:
Remi Garde 2/1
Steve McClaren 7/2
Temuri Ketsbaia 14/1
John Carver 14/1
The odds on 46 year-old Temuri Ketsbaia have also shortened, and it’s clear the former Georgia manager and Newcastle midfielder really wants the job – big time.
And he also thinks that he can make Newcastle successful again.
It would certainly be very interesting if Temuri – who’s available – gets the job.
What do you think?
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