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.
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.