The Star is reporting today in what they call an exclusive, that Newcastle are confident they can land Steve McClaren as their new head coach in the summer.
Steve McClaren – number one target
When Steve McClaren was asked whether he would be interested he’s been the consummate politician and said he’s only concentrating on getting Derby County promoted.
On Friday night Derby could only draw at home to Watford after being 2-1 up with only 15 minutes to play, and that was Derby’s 7th game without a win (4 defeats, 3 draws), as they remain in a slump.
The are now 6th top on 68 points, but only above Ipswich and Wolves on goal difference.
Watford have slipped to 4th place with Middlesbrough back on top, and next up for Derby is a trip to second bottom Wigan tomorrow afternoon – Easter Monday.
Steve still has a house in the north-east, so it would be easy enough for him to move the Newcastle, and he’s still ambitious and we think he would want the job at Newcastle.
There are also reports we keep reading that the top brass at Newcastle have been impressed with John Carver, who will remain at Newcastle, and become McClaren’s right hand man, if the former England manager takes the job.
But it says something about the leadership at Newcastle if they are impressed with John, who has a record of two wins and seven defeats in 12 games in charge.
It seems results cannot be what they have been impressed with – so it’s got to be something else.
Maybe the fact he hasn’t made a fuss and not complained about Newcastle’s ridiculous and reckless dealings in the January transfer window, when seven players were shipped out plus the manager, and not one player was brought in.
It’s basically wrecked Newcastle’s season.
If Newcastle appoint Steve McClaren as coach, it’s more of the same, and Alan Pardew will have been replaced by somebody very similar.
Steve is a coach who doesn’t have the record to be the top man at Newcastle, who is another Englishman, and political, and wouldn’t complain in public about his best players being sold at any time.
As Lee Charnley said at the Fans Forum earlier in the year that’s almost what the coach has to agree to before he would be appointed at Newcastle, and which top coach would want that type of job.
It’s very difficult to build a top side under those conditions as Alan Pardew found out, and Alan now has a much better shot at building a lasting good side at Crystal Palace, and he’s made an excellent start in London.
A McClaren appointment would signify that Mike Ashley is quite happy with Newcastle’s record, as long as we remain in the top league in England and get the big money every May from the Premier League.
That’s not good enough for Newcastle United.
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