We are keeping a check on what’s happening in the Championship for a couple of reasons, one is to see whether Derby County will get promoted, and also to see how two of our players, goalkeeper Karl Darlow and center-back Jamaal Lascelles are doing for Nottingham Forest, as the team have been winning games since Scot Dougie Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce as manager in early February.
Steve McClaren – Derby manager
Last weekend’s results were not good for either team with Derby losing 2-0 at Wolves and Nottingham Forest losing their very first game under Freedman at Norwich – by a 3-1 scoreline.
That leaves Derby on 66 points in 5th place and Brentford and Wolves are only one and two points behind County respectively.
Derby have gone into a bit of a slump and didn’t win a game in March, and in their last six league games they have lost four and drawn two – and they will not even qualify for the play-offs if they cannot start winning some games again.
Nottingham Forest’s loss leaves them 10 points off a playoff position with only seven games to play – so it’s doubtful they can qualify this season for the play-offs.
Steve McClaren is thought to be the number one choice at Newcastle from some inside sources, just as long as Derby don’t get promoted, because there’s no way Steve would leave County in that situation.
So another way to think of it is that Steve is the number one choice as long as he’s not successful this season, after narrowly failing to get Derby promoted last season, when they were beaten in the play-off final by a 90th minute goal from ten man QPR, scored by Bobby Zamora.
And indeed if Derby don’t make it to the play-offs we suppose Newcastle could (will?) announce Steve McClaren as the new Newcastle manager before the end of the season.
Steve would come in and tick all the boxes for what Newcastle are looking for.
He wouldn’t complain if players are sold – not in public anyway – and he would take our current coaching staff and have John Carver as the assistant manager, and his wages wouldn’t be too high either.
It would also fit with Mike Ashley tending to have Englishmen as the Newcastle manager, with only Irishman Joe Kinnear not fitting into that profile of the five managers who have been at Newcastle with Ashley as the owner.
Steve was a disaster as the England manager and while at Middlesbrough from 2001-2006 in the Premier League he had little success and Middlesbrough were a middle of the table team at best.
McClaren did get Boro their first ever trophy in the League Cup with a 2–1 win over Bolton Wanderers in 2004, and the next year they reached the final of the then UEFA Cup but were well beaten by Sevilla in the final and lost 4-0.
Not sure winning a League Cup final is a positive for Ashley, but Steve had a little bit of success at Middlesbrough but at the end McClaren didn’t have his team playing attractive football and fans were upset by his dull tactics.
So there you have it – mediocre league form from Middlesbrough while Steve was manager – and Mike Ashley will see him as maybe the perfect replacement for the departed Alan Pardew.
There’s a saying “be careful what you ask for”, and if we get Steve we rate Alan Pardew a better tactician and better manager than Steve McClaren, so we could even take a step back if Steve comes in.
But hey, we may have some good news in the summer and Derby get promoted via the play-offs, and the job goes to either Frank de Boer or Remi Garde.
They seem to be the two favorites in that order with Newcastle fans for the head coach position on Tyneside, either would do a (very) good job at Newcastle.
That’s what we are hoping for.
What do you think?
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