There have been lots of reports over the last few days that Newcastle will pay £2M to Derby County as compensation for their manager Steve McClaren in the summer, and that he will become the head coach at Newcastle.
Steve McClaren – to become the new head coach?
And the latest paper to chime in with a report is the Mirror today, and they say there is a close relationship between Chief Scout Graham Carr and McClaren, and that’s one of the reasons cited by them why Steve is favored to be the next head coach at the club.
If that’s true it’s just a pity we didn’t choose the coach based on his coaching abilities rather than who he knows.
And it may not be good news for Newcastle, because Steve will fit nicely as the third man of the triumvirate who will essentially run the club, with Graham Carr and Managing Director Lee Charnley being the other two.
It will also mean that nothing much will change and Newcastle can continue to go on their merry way of making money by selling players whenever the right bid comes in, whether it’s the last day of the transfer market or not.
It would also be an unimaginative choice by Newcastle, and would herald yet another Englishman as the coach/manager at Newcastle while English Billionaire Mike Ashley has been the owner.
It’s also a safe choice, because Steve will not cause any trouble, and will just get on coaching the players who have been made available to him.
It could also be that the coaching staff of John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman remain on Tyneside – so that not much will change at all on the coaching side of things.
We just hope that Derby County find their form in the last seven games of the season and get promoted – because then it’s very unlikely McClaren would want to leave Derby.
The reports that Newcastle may appoint McClaren as head coach is not good news – what has he ever done in coaching to make him a success at Newcastle?
But there again we remember making the exact same point over four years ago, when Alan Pardew was appointed manager – and that appointment came right out of the blue.
It seems how the candidates get on with the Newcastle hierarchy and whether they support the way the club is run, is more important than their ability as a coach.
That’s not good.
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