CEO Seems To Rule Out This Coach Joining Newcastle

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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20 comments so far

  • BandB

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Dear Mike,

    I bet you are dreading the next home game.

    Sitting there just PRAYING someone is going to boo you. Smile, laugh, put Charners under your arm and nurdle his head. It’s not going to work.

    Set Dobermanns on the mascots, fire bomb the disabled section, pee out of your box onto the people below. They’ll just shrug.

    Really man, you HAVE to up your game, otherwise they’ll just pretend you aren’t there sneering at them.

    Have you considered an alcohol ban?

  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    sorry repost


    ok so you admit Chelsea underperformed that year
    Chelsea went from 2nd to 6th
    6th with 58points to 8th with 52points in that summer the season they came 8th they had spent 54mill + the previous jan 35 mill on carol

    so from 6th to 8th with an investment of around 54mill is that not underperforming

    we spent around 12mill and 9 on cisse in the jan

    while on the whole I sort of agree you cant say teams didn’t underperform we went from 12th to 5th
    did we over perform
    yes I think so but we also worked hard it wasn’t pretty but we worked hard as a team something we haven’t done since

  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #3


    ages till the next home game there will be endless press pieces of managers players and lots of other positive tripe
    so I am sure the 52000 masses will have forgotten today by then

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe now you’ll stop this McClaren nonsense Ed???

    …maybe all these past articles of him joining Newcastle was more a case of wishful thinking than empirical evidence?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #5


  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #6


    hows the little one

    isn’t it all a case of wishful thinking all this talk of players and managers

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Beer…the way Ed tends to construct his articles these days one might think he knows something we don’t!

    …Alfred is doing nothing but eating and sleeping 😉 lol

  • BandB

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #8


    Ed can believe Ash is going to spend £60m at noon and not a cent at one.

    It’s a Punch and Judy show. He has his smiley mask and his frowny mask and he changes them right in front of us.

    We are meant to cheer and boo.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #10

    BandB…I suppose that’s how you get an audience!

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #11

    “…….. Of course the job he has done has been seen by other clubs, clubs perhaps that have been less successful….”

    So said Derby County

    Now if Ashley had any feelings other than greed, he would’ve been stung by that comment!


  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Regardless of whether we deserved to finish fifth that year, personally I think we did it was the worst thing that could have happened to us, it served no other purpose than to justify CH sacking and had a number of people falsely believing that Ashley had ambition higher than mid table, had we of finished tenth which could have easily happened if Collo or Willo had of had an injury combined with the dross Pardew served up and the heavy defeats, there may have been some form of protest or at lwast some signs of dissent. It should have put us on a platform ready for the next level, instead all it done was show Mashley that with even less investement and a manager willing to take a bung to be publicly spanked then that mid table dross was more than achievable.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Marcelo Bielsa could be available in the summer. He’s one of the most astute tactical coaches I think, would be a great choice imo, I think he’d love to manage in the prem, however his strong personality could be too much for the way our club is run.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #14


    eating and doing nothing I long for them days I have just wrestled my near 3 year old to bed

    just the title made me smile and go and add mbiwa to that as well I will read it in a min

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15


    That Metro article on Santon should hurt Ashley and Charnley for being both greedy and tolerating Pardew for so long.

    If I were owner of NUFC, I’d be livid but where there’s a couple of million in sight, Ashley gets excited.

  • BandB

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16


    Solano’s last words before his disappeared were; “We are the new Sunderland.”

    A year from now, we will dream of the days when we aspired to be mid-table.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Beer…what’s your little one called? (if that’s not poking too much in your privacy 🙂 )

  • ash1001

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #18

    When will you realise that Ed is not interested in our views, all he is interested in is the number of ‘CLICKS’ he gets to the blog, thats why you have repeated articles on the same topic just with a different headline. That’s how Ed makes his money the same as the Chronicle, get wise.
    ED you are just about as bad as Ashley and Co, only difference is we pay to watch NUFC here we just login.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #19


  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20


    Geordie 2

    So you agree with Mr Tuff that my use of the phrase “Monday morning quarterback… may… be relevant” to the idea that someone is or has used multiple identities here. I guess you need to grow up too. I stopped worrying about monsters under the bed when I was about 9.

    Meanwhile, since I have clearly denied this stupid idea three or four times, unequivocally, you obviously doubt my honesty. You base this – unless you are just effing rambling – on the belief that I have defended Mike Ashley’s 8-year record, when I have been extremely scathing about his first 4 years and have made it clear that I can’t endorse his recent actions unless and until he spends significantly, including an innovative new coach, in two months time. I learned to read when I was four. You definitely need to grow up.


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