Steve McClaren is refusing to resign from Derby County and the Press Association is reporting the 54 year-old has been asked to resign after he met the Chief Executive, Sam Rush, and incoming Chairman, Mel Morris, last night but he is refusing to resign.
It seems that Derby believe the approaches made by Newcastle are responsible for Derby’s drop off in form in the second half of the season, when they finished in 8th place and only won only two of their last 13 games, but did draw six of them.
Steve McClaren – has refused to resign at Derby County
The approach from Newcastle was made to his agent and quickly rejected, as Steve committed himself to Derby County.
There was news last night that McClaren had been sacked and that Paul Clement could be the new manager, but apparently Burnley manager Sean Dyche is also being considered.
Steve McClaren has already turned down Newcastle twice – the first time in January after Alan Pardew suddenly left, and then when the Championship season ended, Steve was asked to come in and manage Newcastle for the last three games of the season, after the job seemed too much for John Carver, and we had lost eight games in a row.
Steve McClaren was Newcastle’s number one choice and we assume Newcastle will wait until something is worked out between McClaren and Derby – presumably either he will formally resign or be sacked.
Then Newcastle could make an approach maybe as early as next week.
Steve is an easy choice for Newcastle and would be willing to work under the strict restrictions imposed by owner Mike Ashley, and he also already knows Graham Carr – and since Newcastle seem to like to keep things within the family we expect Newcastle to try to sign Steve.
We reported on that possibility earlier today.
But John Carver was appointed because he was part of the family – part of the in-crowd at Newcastle – and that hasn’t worked out too well and his star has fallen very rapidly on Tyneside.
That’s been because of his poor (disastrous) coaching, man-management and the bizarre press conferences he has given where he’s said some of the most ridiculous things.
We hope Newcastle have a long think about things after Sunday, and go out and appoint a top coach who can bring success back to Newcastle, and he can also bring in his own coaching staff.
That’s always dependent on Newcastle staying in the Premier League on Sunday, which is by no means certain.
But if we were to hazard a guess as to Newcastle bringing in a top coach with his own coaching staff in the summer – there is probably very little chance of that.
It seems Newcastle are more concerned about keeping to their failed polices of running the club and making money – than trying to make Newcastle successful.
And that’s a tragedy for a club as great as Newcastle United.