This Could Rule Out Steve McClaren For Head Coach Position

The Telegraph is reporting today that Newcastle United will need to pay Derby £2M in compensation if they want to hire Steve McClaren as their new head coach at the end of the season.

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Steve McClaren – will cost Newcastle £2M

And it’s going to be interesting in the summer because Sunderland will need to appoint a new coach, with Dick Advocaat having the job only through the end of the season.

But if Advocaat does well, like beating Newcastle and keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League, he may get an extension to his current short-term contract.

McClaren’s contact still two years to run this summer, but Newcastle will only make an approach to Derby if they are still in the Championship next season – it’s hard toi think that Steve would leave after he’s got them into the top English division.

But Newcastle owner Mike Ashley doesn’t like to pay out money, he just likes taking it in, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the summer, if Derby do fail to get promoted to the Championship.

There are much better coaches than Steve McClaren who will be available for nothing and out of contract in the summer, and they include Remi Garde and Thomas Tuchel.

Both those coaches would seem to be good appointments for Newcastle, but it depends on whether they are willing to work under the constraints placed on them by owner Mike Ashley.

Steve McClaren is like John Carver and would be an easy choice for Newcastle, and both would  gladly accept the restrictions to get the Newcastle job this summer.

In fact, if Steve gets the job it’s almost odds on that John Carver will be his assistant manager.

We are hoping for a better coach than either John Carver or Steve McClaren this summer.

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25 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, given the figures aren’t quite as good as many expected, I for one hope we stick with Carver and keep the squad small for another season. Then with this seasons profits we can finally try and be competitive with the top 10 the season after.

    We’re getting there. It sure is exciting stuff.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone know how much it would cost to get Lucien Favre from Gladbach?


    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    I reckon this is already in place

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Ibizatoon – 2016??!!

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Lindisfarne…I don’t want to put the club under any pressure. Certainly not before 2016/17 season.

    It’s not reasonable to expect them to stay as competitve as the other teams in the PL. Only once we’ve stockpiled enough profits can we really give the top 10 a go.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes, but the quote was directly talking about the profit made last year. Therefore it is applicable, and demonstrates that player trading is in fact part of these figures announced.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    i’m sick to death of writing off a season in the hope that next season will be better !

    how many times have we done so under ashley !

    not getting emotional in the transfer window now if we dont sign the minimum and we let certain players go its an armchair supporter at best for me.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    If it is we must be the only club that do it !
    Imagine Man City or Chelsea’s accounts if they included player trading , my god their losses would go through the roof , they’re bad enough with amortisation !!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Does the term ‘Operational’ relate to player transfers only? -0.6£M in 2013 and +4.7£M in 2014.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    By the way I have a friend with a dog called Milo.
    It’s a Dalmatian – black and white

  • martoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Lilo – I have to say I’m with Jeff on this one I’m no accountant but I’m pretty sure player transfers are not included in the accounts (although it does seem ridiculous I must say). Likewise presumably the compensation we got for Pardew won’t either but presumably saving on his wages would as this is similar to amortisation!

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve been trying to see how many players the club had let go for free instead of trying to recoup some money.
    Worth a look.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13


    We have been informed there is a carefully conceived plan to make NUFC the most successful club in Europe (or just competitive) we just have to be patient, as there is no time limitation. Oh, or back up plan for the Manager leaving and certainly no consideration of motivational factors. Perhaps the ambition is for purely for economic success only.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    well you can see why they didn’t release these figures before the fans forum
    they might have been asked some questions and by the time the next one comes round (dunno when that is) there will be another disaster to talk about and this one will have been forgotten

  • jayphoto

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Not a huge mclaren fan though he’s got derby playing some nice stuff with zero budget. Sad thing is though Mclaren is probably a dream scenario when you look at Joe Kinnear.
    I really do fear O’leary or George Graham or Alan Curbishley coming in. Same as if John Carver gets the job.

    Similarly we have to ask, is there a chance of these top euro coaches?
    Tuchel is in talks to be peps assistant at Bayern with a view to succeeding him in 2016…
    De Boer is obviously waiting for a top european club
    Garde – I like him, but i think he’s too unproven for our board to take a chance on.
    Galtier- Think he’d take it to be fair his wages are tiny at les Verts and hes used to no budget and best players being sold.
    not advocating mclaren getting the job, just saying we could do a lot worse and theres nothing to say the managers we want even want to manage newcastle.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    If player sales aren’t taken into account on our accounts that’s ok, we’re in profit there to.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #17

    martoon…I’ll have to go back and look, but I’m sure in the past, the club have used player trading in these figures. Wasn’t it the season after Carroll was sold, we were told that whilst we had got a great deal, the majority of that fee was what managed to get us to wipe our nose that year and that was the reason we didn’t have that money to spend?

    Why would transfers now not be included?

    Lindisafarne…Patience is key my friend. It’s where other fan bases let themselves down. Just have faith, don’t question, there is a plan and it will work. JUST HAVE FAITH! I feel much better.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Holy Island
    “Perhaps the ambition is for purely for economic success only.”
    I know that’s how a lot of folk esp in blogland view Ashley
    What little is known about him would gainsay this.
    He was a county level squash player so he “gets” sporting desire to win.
    Even in his financial dealing he has to win , didn’t he settle a legal bill by playing some game or other double or quits ( he lost )

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Then I guess you can chalk McClaren off ass well. Ashley won’t pay for any decent manager full stop!

    The snake will gleefully rake in the millions he has screwed us over next year again!

    Prepare for more disgusting football and huge ridicule next season. It will only get worse!

    Prepare for our best players like Sissoko and Krul to be sold.

    Prepare for even less investment in much need players this summer…as the excuse will be that the club was too preoccupied in making sure we appointed the right manager / coach for the job!!



  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    I understand as a kid he was bloody good at marbles too. He only wants what is best, as he’s a sporting winner.

    “Even in his financial dealing he has to win , didn’t he settle a legal bill by playing some game or other double or quits ( he lost )”

    So he has to win “(he lost)”? This isn’t about sportsmanship, it’s gambling.

    Not one person disputes the idea that Ashley likes to “win” – there are serious question marks over what he considers “winning” as far as our club are concerned.

    It doesn’t appear to be about winning on the pitch.

  • martoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza – Ok I’ll wait with baited breath 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Martoon…It may take a while with work 🙂

    Maybe I’m missing the point here. Aren’t the operational p&l’s the figures without player trading? These are £4.7m. What is the other £14m profit from , if not player trading?

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #23


    Do you honestly believe that sticking with Carver’s a good idea?

    His form to date has been relegation form!

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24


    Your comments suggest you could end up with a aching tongue muscles and a bruised cheek!

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley is an “enigma”! God only knows why he doesn’t seem to want sporting success. Especially as we know he likes a bet!


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