While there are a number of good coaches available who Newcastle could bring in over the summer – coaches like Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier and even Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund who will resigning from the German club on July 1st – it’s looking more and more like Newcastle will take an easy and cheaper choice in Derby County’s Steve McClaren.
Steve is a friend of Chief Scout Graham Carr, and would fit in well with Graham and Lee Charnley – who are the triumvirate who run the club for owner Mike Ashley.
Steve McClaren – 1/20 odds on to get job
Gone are the days when Newcastle would go after a top coach to make the side into one of the best in England – and that’s not the goal of the current owner Mike Ashley, who wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League so the club can act as a worldwide advertising board for his company Sports Direct.
That’s the little secret that has become obvious over the last few years, and certainly Sports Direct have done very well over the last eight years that Ashley has been the Newcastle owner.
That’s why the English Billionaire bought the club almost eight years ago and it certainly wasn’t to make us into a top side.
If Jurgen Klopp had become available say 10 years ago and we were in this same situation we would have been after the top German coach – but we have never even been linked with him.
And one of our head coach targets in January – Thomas Tuchel – is now very likely to get the Dortmund job.
Mike Ashley has had five English managers and Irishman Joe Kinnear as his Newcastle managers so far, and it seems he will appoint another Englishman – Steve McClaren, the former England manager in the summer.
On BetVictor Steve is 1/20 odds on to get the job with Carver nowhere to be seen – here are the top seven candidates for the job.
Steve McClaren 1/20
Frank de Boer 12/1
Remi Garde 12/1
Michael Laudrup 14/1
Rafa Benitez 25/1
David Moyes 33/1
Jurgen Klopp 33/1
If Steve turns us down for one reason or another – maybe we don’t even meet his ambitions – we could still see John Carver get the job.
The Geordie coach has made it clear that he will not rock the boat at the Tyneside club, and will support Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley whatever they may do at the club, in the name of making money.
That’s the kind of guy Mike Ashley is looking for – and that seems to be one of his top priorities – and Managing Director Lee Charnley has already said in January that the new head coach has to accept the way the club is being run.
It’s Steve McClaren’s job to turn down – is probably the best way to put it.
Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?
- No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)
Total Voters: 8,980
There’s not much doubt that Newcastle are becoming a rich club these days, because of the big money being paid out by the Premier League, and the real question is whether Newcastle can have a top team too.
That’s the only priority for Newcastle fans – it’s the only thing that matters.
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