There’s news tonight that Newcastle United will make Steve McClaren their No 1 target for head coach after they appointed caretaker manager John Carver today, as the head coach through the end of the season.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle’s top choice?
We knew that Mike Ashley seemed to like appointing English managers to the position, and of course Steve McClaren is English and known for his disastrous spell as the England manager, when he failed to get England qualification for Euro 2008.
That was the first time since 1994 that England had not qualified for a major tournament, and the first time in 24 years that they had not qualified for the European Championships.
After failing to qualify, the FA held an emergency meeting at which McClaren was removed from the post of England manager along with his assistant manager Terry Venables.
To be fair to Steve, since then he has been slowly recreating his career in football, and has done well with Derby County, but Derby County are a lot easier club to manage than Newcastle United.
Just as England was too big a job for Steve, we think Newcastle United will be too big for him as well.
And if McClaren gets Derby promoted to the Premier League then he is expected to want to stay with his current club and Newcastle will move to somebody else.
The Star is reporting that coaches on the short list also include Frank de Boer of Ajax, Christope Gaultier of St Etienne, Thomas Tuchel, the former Mainz coach and former Lyon coach, Remi Garde,
The news tonight is that McClaren is said to be particularly close to Chief Scout Graham Carr who, along with Managing Director Lee Charnley, have been given the job to find a new head coach, and both the Mail and Star are reporting he will be the top choice.
We don’t know if the report is based on inside information of if it’s a glorified guess as to what may happen.
We’d be disappointed if Steve is the top choice, because we’d like to see a top continental coach take charge of Newcastle.
Since the position is that of head coach and not manager, the abilities of the coach are of paramount importance.
We ‘re not sure that Steve McClaren is that person – but we could be wrong.
Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?
- No (84%, 4,966 Votes)
- Yes (16%, 950 Votes)
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