Intriguing Situation With Newcastle Head Coach Position

Derby County have terminated the contract of their manager Steve McClaren with immediate effect,  so Steve is out of a job at the exact time Newcastle will be looking to appoint somebody to the position of new head coach on Tyneside.

There was news that Derby wanted Steve to resign his position over the weekend,  but he refused to do that and said the interest of Newcastle United for his services this year had had no effect on him.

But the Derby Board think that was why Derby tailed off rather dramatically in the promotion stakes, and finally finished up in 8th place.

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Steve McClaren – sacked by Derby

John Carver came in to manage the side though the end of the season, but his overall record was very poor and he got just three  wins in 20 games and 13 defeats, and plunged Newcastle into relegation trouble and we only just survived last Sunday.

Many have blamed the players for their poor performances, but it’s the coach’s job to get the best out of them,  and John seems to have irritated many with his negative comments about them, in his sometimes bizarre press conferences.

This is the statement issued by Derby County on Steve McClaren:

The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.

The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.

The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Steve McClaren well for the future and thank him for his work throughout his tenure, which included a Play-Off Final appearance in 2014.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

Steve McClaren himself issued his own statement about the situation, after being sacked:

“While we were all unhappy with the way the season ended, I still believe real progress was being made.”

“I do not believe or accept that rumors linking me to the Newcastle United job were a factor in the team’s performances this year, as had been alleged.”

“I wanted to remain with the club and was confident in leading the side to a successful season next year.”

So again it’s an intriguing situation and if we are to believe Mike Ashley then  Lee Charnley is the only man making the decision on the head coach job.

Steve wouldn’t now cost any compensation if he was signed by Newcastle.

He had two years to run on his deal at Derby, and he had wanted to put his case forward and he has already turned down Newcastle twice this year.

If he does get the job then John Carver will probably stay as assistant manager along with the rest of the coaching staff.

That would be an underwhelming choice by Lee Charnley – especially when Mike Ashley has said he now wants to win something at Newcastle.

John Carver and the coaching staff have hardly shown themselves to be at the top of the coaching ladder at Newcastle this year, and could never get the best out of the players they had available.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • bigiffius

    May 26, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would Newcastle want a manager who was sacked by Derby?? Please please let it not be him!

  • hibbit

    May 26, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    McLaren would be a big mistake by charnley not the type of manager we need at this time fans are against him not in any ones interest for him to come here including McLarens

  • banjax

    May 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Fact is he turned down making the Toon, so why would we want him ?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 26, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope he and his brolly do not arrive. Enough of the signing sacked lower league managers.

  • archaeomag

    May 26, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    WWB Won 2 out of 13 at end of season – that’s loads better than Carverinio – we could get to 14th at least.

  • kakaobi

    May 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #6

    So many cheap options for Ashley if he picked either macclaren or carver he’d be going back on his word already think he might wait to see how season ticket sales are going before employing anyone

  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    No matter who comes in as HC, Carver should be sent packing.

    He’d feel resentful at not being appointed as HC – it’s incredible that he still considers himself worthy of the job, despite an atrocious record – and thus potentially troublesome.

    Carver’s record speaks for itself and he’s clearly not up to coaching at Premiership level.

    Whilst Charnley may feel some loyalty toward Carver, Ashley’s requirement for value from his investment should force him to think again before Ashley fingers him and he’s sacker along with Carver.

    In Ashley’s eyes, his business is not charity but making money so Charnley really needs to get of Carver, before we have another chaotic season.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Charnley needs a manager who will challenge him and make demands. Charnley won’t want that as a big personality will terrify him. So its likely we’ll end up with McLaren or Carver.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    May 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Robbie Earle hit the nail on the head at the weekend when he said Carver is the cancer in the club!

  • jack hilton

    May 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Get Roberto di matteo for new manager

  • mickalfas

    May 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley’s interview-pyscobabble,
    Carver is 100% next seasons HC,there’s no speculation needed Ed,
    It pains me to think that he’ll be in charge next season
    Ashley/charnley/carver out!!!

  • widowmagandapoke

    May 26, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    My biggest indictment of Carver’s reign was his boasting ‘ no
    team of mine will shirk battling qualities – or words to that effect – then promptly find they show bottling qualities rather than battling qualities. Surely we won’t continue under his management or head coachman ship.

  • Misterbroon

    May 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Steve McLaren as Head coach- He’s seen the sack more often than Santa and we consider him to manage Newcastle Utd… WHYYYYYYYY???

  • lee-toon

    May 26, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Carver is no good! McLaren isn’t good enough! Klopp is on his jollies! and ancelloti is in hospital! So that leaves us with remie garde! Let’s hope garde helps us because those useless lazy old bunch I mentioned before him won’t.


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