If the news doing the rounds in the national press yesterday and today about Steve McClaren is correct, and talks last night with Chief Executive Sam Rush and incoming Chairman Mel Morris led to the decision last night that Steve will be sacked, we could see that news as early as today – and the former England manager would become a free agent.
Steve McClaren – on hearing Newcastle still want him
Steve would not have a contract and that would mean that what has been Newcastle’s first choice all year would be available and Mike Ashley wouldn’t have to pay the £2M compensation to Derby, because of the two years he would have had left on his contract.
Since Mike Ashley always thinks about money and how to save it – that would be an excellent opportunity to move in and sign up Steve on the cheap.
The only problem with that is Steve has hardly been successful in England at various clubs – and while at Middlesbrough he had them in mid-table, and there are no signs from his past that tell us Steve could be successful at Newcastle.
Steve by all accounts is an excellent training field coach and he’s a good guy – but the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and how many game you win.
And the disastrous reign of John Carver, which could yet see us relegated – means that his star has fallen (very) rapidly on Tyneside, and to be honest most fans want to see him and the current coaching staff leave the club this summer.
In our poll of a few weeks ago, 93% of readers wanted him sacked after the Leicester City debacle.
So if Steve McClaren is appointed, it would be another safe and easy appointment by Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and company – and another poor one.
It would be the same old stuff from Newcastle with the same old policies, and they have been shown not to work rather dramatically this year.
If we stay up on Sunday it wouldn’t surprise us if Steve McClaren is appointed as the new head coach next week.
On SkyBet Steve McClaren is 4/6 odds on to be the next Newcastle manager with Davide Moyes at 5/1 and John Carver at 6/1 (why?).
What do you think?