There are various reports that Steve McClaren will be sacked imminently by Derby County, after having lengthy talks tonight – and this follows on from our story this morning when the Telegraph reported he could be gone in 24 hours – and Paul Clement the assistant manager at Real Madrid is set to replace him.
Steve McClaren – will be fired by Derby County
McClaren will leave the Championship club probably announced tomorrow, following a meeting tonight with Chief Executive Sam Rush and incoming Chairman Mel Morris, and it appears the meeting was to inform Steve he would be fired.
Steve had Derby County in the Championship play-offs last May, when they were beaten by 10 man QPR with a goal in the 90th minute by Bobby Zamora.
This season Derby, after being well placed in the Championship until the end of February, then went 12 games with only two wins and were beaten at home in their last game 3-0 by lowly Reading and didn’t make the play-offs – dropping to 8th place with 77 points.
In the previous season they were 3rd with 85 points, so this season was a big disappointment for the Rams.
It seems that Derby were also tired of the continued link with Newcastle United, and the fact he was asked to join Newcastle after the Leicester disaster, and Steve has refused to distance himself from the Tyneside club.
Paul Clement, who is set to replace McClaren, has also been linked with Newcastle, but it could be that Newcastle will now move to appoint McClaren as the head coach and he would be a safe and easy choice.
Steve was said to be Lee Charnley’s number one choice for the job, and the former England manager would accept working with the current coaching staff of John Carver and company, who have taken Newcastle to the brink of relegation, with just one point from the last ten games.
They have hardly covered themselves with glory this year, and there are now some real questions about their coaching abilities, but they still have five years left on their current contracts on Tyneside.
As Lee Charnley and company should have found out by now – the easy choice is not always a good one – and remember John Carver was the easy and safe choice in January.
But there again the Newcastle hierarchy don’t seem to learn from their mistakes, otherwise we would not be perilously close to relegation for a second time in six years.
We don’t think Steve McClaren with John Carver as assistant manager would be a good choice for Newcastle, when there are so many talented and younger managers available.
It would simply perpetuate the failed policies of Billionaire owner Mike Ashley – and that means we will be mid-table at the very best – and we’ve fought against relegation twice in the last three seasons and could be relegated on Sunday if Hull beat Manchester United.
In the eight seasons with Mike Ashley owning the club, we have finished in the top ten only twice – 5th in 2012 and 10th last year – and we were relegated in 2009.
That’s a terrible record for a club as great as Newcastle United.
What do you think?