Here’s Something Good About Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren was fired from the England manager job in late 2007, when England failed to qualify for the 2008 Euros and that was the first time England  in 24 years  had not qualified for the European Championships, and it brought to an end the shortest stint of any England manager – just 18 games in 16 months. Kevin Keegan’s stint as England manager was only three months longer than that – 18 games with seven won, seven drawn and four lost.

Steve won 9 games, drew four and lost five as the England manager.

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McClaren’s last game in charge at Derby – a 3-0 home defeat by Reading

Since  that difficult experience for the 53 year-old he has managed at four clubs – FC Twente (twice), Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby County with his most successful spells being at FC Twente,  and he was fired from the last three positions and lasted only a matter of months at Forest before he resigned in 2011.

It seems Steve is now almost certain to get the Newcastle job, with the Englishman 1/6 odds on with SkyBet and John Carver still second favorite at 6/1 – why?

One good things we hear about Steve  is from the players he’s coached and two of them are Michael Owen and Sunderland’s’ Jermaine Defoe.

This is what Michael Owen said about the link to Steve McClaren back in late April on BT Sports”

“It doesn’t look like John Carver will get the job on a permanent basis.” “I think if Derby don’t go up into the Premier League, then Steve McClaren could be a good candidate for that job…

“He is an exceptional coach. I have worked with a lot of good coaches in my time, and he is right up there.”

And today Jermain Defoe has said this about McClaren – who he trained with as part of the England side:

“He’s someone I played under for England. He’s a good coach and I always enjoyed training with him.” “He’s a good manager with good experience especially at this level.”

Certainly the players seem to like the way he coaches.

While we still don’t understand why Newcastle couldn’t have gone after some top coaches who are available – we have to assume they would not fit in with the rigid way in which the club is controlled by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.

At Newcastle the coach is not as powerful as those two – and Patrick Vieira seems to have quickly decided the structure at Newcastle was not for him and we wonder how long that phone call last with Lee Charnley – 23 seconds maybe?

It’s almost as though Charnley and Carr want to keep control of the club over the head coach – at least that’s what it’s looking like from the outside.

We hope that Newcastle bring in some good players this summer, and it will be very important that McClaren gets off to a very good start in the league – which he didn’t do at Forest four years ago and lasted just 13 (unlucky for some) games.

Fans are underwhelmed by what Newcastle seem to be doing since the Mike Ashley interview and we saved ourselves 10 day ago – and there will be little patience for another poor start to the season like we had last year.

The other thing we should quickly point out is that Steve is a good man and will much better at representing Newcastle to the press than John Carver was – so we suppose that’s another plus for McClaren,

But Steve shows signs that he’s been under pressure a lot in his previous managerial posts (see the photo above as an example), and it will not get any easier at Newcastle.

If Steve is appointed, we’ll be very disappointed that the club didn’t take their chance and appoint a proven good coach like David Moyes, Remi Garde or Michael Laudrup – although our favorite was Patrick Vieira who could have really got the fans behind the club again.

Maybe Charnley and Carr know something the fans don’t, but given our very mediocre performance over the last eight seasons when we finished in the top ten only twice, we doubt that.

Here’s our record under Ashley, and notice we have beaten 50 points in the Premier League only once in the last eight seasons, and fought against relegation three times and been relegated once.

2008-20093418 - relegated
2009-2010102 *1 - promoted
2015-20163718 - relegated

It’s not the appointment we wanted to see and the fans need to hear from Lee Charnley soon about what’s happened this year – he needs to meet soon with the Fans Forum.

Lee needs to explain his actions since the end of last year when he weakened the Newcastle squad, and what is in Steve McClaren’s record that can make make him successful at Newcastle?

Those would be two good questions to kick things off with at the meeting – and fans will be very interested to hear what the Managing Director has to say.

Comments welcome.