Derby County CEO Sam Rush has been consistent ever since Newcastle United were first linked with wanting Steve McClaren back in January, after Alan Pardew couldn’t get out of the door quickly enough, once he knew Newcastle were not going to invest in any players in the January transfer window.
That seems to be the general consensus of why Alan finally left Newcastle after being under severe pressure early in the season.
Derby County CEO Sam Rush with Steve McClaren
This is what Sam Rush has said in the Derby Telegraph today:
“Whether it is speculation about your manager or players, you are likely to have this sort of thing if people are being successful,”
“Traditionally, it is more likely to be with players but I think the job Steve has done here has been significant.”
“Of course the job he has done has been seen by other clubs, clubs perhaps that have been less successful and see what we are doing at Derby, and how potentially they can improve their own positions.”
“The position from Steve has been very consistent.” “He was only three or four months into his new contract when the speculation first came out, and he dismissed it then.”
“From my point of view, I think Derby County is an incredibly exciting football club.” “I can’t think of anywhere anyone would rather be especially given the start of the building program Steve has undertaken and how well he has done.”
“We are very much focusing on the next seven games but we have also got lots of plans ahead.” “Whichever league we are in next season, it is an exciting time for Derby County and we are looking forward to the future very much.”
Sam seems to infer that even if Derby do not get promoted in May through the play-offs, he expects Steve McClaren still to be with The Rams next season.
Derby have only two points from their last six games and are in a slump, and 5 points off an automatic promotion place in 5th place.
So we suppose with a very good run in the final seven games of the season, they could still get an automatic promotion spot, but they’d have to win the vast majority of their last seven games.
The conventional wisdom is (was?) that Steve would be available if Derby missed out on promotion for a second successive season – but that’s still all conjecture.
We aren’t too keen on Steve coming to Newcastle, and it would be good to see a foreign coach like Remi Garde or Thomas Tuchel appointed.
Or even Ajax head coach Frank de Boer – if we could ever persuade him to come to Newcastle.
What do you think?
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