This Man Shaping Up To Be Head Coach – It’s Not Carver


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.

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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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14 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    This is how dopey I am
    I am sitting here watching highlights of last years TdF , it is the Paris to Nice section (the road to the sun) and there is a Danish rider called Jesper Fugslang.
    I always thought it was Jespers real name
    Ha Ha Ha

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    For the non Geordie and JFA we last won the First Division championship for a fourth time in 1926–27. Our then record signing & Scottish international centre-forward Hughie Gallacher, one of the most prolific goal scorers in the club’s history, captained the championship-winning team. Other key players in this period were Neil Harris, Stan Seymour and Frank Hudspeth. Seymour was to become an influential figure for the next 40 years as player, manager
    and director.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed…this article is based on absolute nothing;

    …where’s the Empirical evidence?

    You need to stop this or I simply cannot take you serious anymore!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Just a minute this guys called Jakob.
    It’s not the Tour , it was a one week race this month.
    Shoot I’m all confoozled now

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Jeff…are you sure you are not watching Jacob Fuglsang?

    …I am glad I have left an impression on you!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    You have this silly laugh about you…just like Welsh! Is that a coincidence?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Jeff…are you even awake?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper sorry about the mis-spelling of your name that can be very irritating , I know , because I have two very good Danish friends who get annoyed about it.

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Jeff – He didn’t believe me when I told him I had a Danish work colleague, so you’ve got no chance!

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry Ed but this has to be one of the most unintelligent articles ever written in the history of mankind. The whole premise is fallacious.

    You claim
    “Steve McClaren is thought to be the number one choice, 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”

    Why the hell does him getting Derby promoted stop him from joiinng us? Just a silly thing to say

    You then go on to give the most biased account of his record failing to mention he WON the Dutch League with an unfancied Twente – the same league you highly touted Frank DeBoer is STRUGGLING to win this season.

    Fact is Mclaren is SUPERB candidate. Far more experienced, successful and capable than than the overrated Deboer and the specialist in failure that is Remi Garde.

    Please hire some intelligent unbiased writers to revamp the standard of articles posted on this blog before it goes to the dogs

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t dislike McLaren at all, but for every success with him there has always seemed to be an equal amount of failure and disappointment.

    I always have the image of England banging long balls to Crouch for 90 mins in the euro qualifying game at wembley we lost against Croatia, with seemingly no plan B.

    I just wish the board would be impartial and not always go british, but most of all get someone who has a consistent track record of success. We just seem to want to appoint people who are consistently inconsistent.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Jesper in Ed’s defence I would say there is no chance of empirical evidence . So he uses bookies odds , which are based on a mixture of how much money is placed by the public on each candidate , and inside information , which they constantly strive to get , in order to gain an edge.
    You know when someone has the job when the bookies “close the book” on a candidate i.e. take no more bets.

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  • jon.c

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know where ED gets his information but he is getting a bore with his so far facts of transfer targets

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    This club has been on a steep downward spiral ever since Sir Bobby left. The harsh truth is that Mike Ashley is only interested in profit and now that our revenue is better than ever he is definately going to stick around for plenty more years. That will leave this club at the edge of a crisis every season.

    Our lack of team depth and lack of a proven quality manager is evident for all to see and we will be lucky if any half hearted attempt is made to solve the pressing issues that have plagued this club ever since Ashley took over.

    It is an extremely sorry site and a never ending cycle of negative news for the most loyal footballl fans in the world. It will never change any time soon. We constantly live in hope that some day Ashley will have a change of heart, but he won’t ever change!

    All that is left to do is hit him where it hurts- his pocket. Radically reduce attendances in the stadium and reject any attempts or urges to renew your season ticket.
    That I firmly believe is the only way to move on forward and escape the clutches of this money hungry monster that is our owner.

    Please for the good of the club DO NOT RENEW SESSON TICKETS!! ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!

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