There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Steve McClaren has told Newcastle United that in fact he would like to take over the head coach at Newcastle United this summer, and that comes after he has twice said this year that he had no interest in joining Newcastle, although to be fair to Steve, that’s when he was still the Derby County manager, but last week he was fired by Derby and is now out of contract and away on vacation out of the country.
Steve McClaren – while at Derby County
This is what Steve had said in early January in the Telegraph as he was being linked with the Newcastle job:
“Sam Rush (Derby Chairman) spoke to me about three times last week and I said to him then, “look, don’t worry, I am going nowhere”. “I have got a job to do here. I don’t want to let people down here. You’ve got to show loyalty.”
“Derby have given me a great opportunity. They have backed me and Sam and the owners have been fantastic.” “We have asked players to commit to long contracts to take Derby forward, and the staff as well.”
“We are building here and I want to see the job through.” “I love it here. I don’t want to let people down and there is no question of that, despite all the rumors.” “These things are going to crop up with players and with staff, and it can’t derail us.”
“Our objective is to push for the Premier League and we feel we are in a good position to do that.” “I don’t want to let people down on that. The supporters have been fantastic with me from day one.”
“There is nothing in my mind that says I am going anywhere.”
Then on 5th May after, we had lost our 8th game in a row and were literally outclassed by Leicester City and beaten 3-0 although it could have been 10-0 – Newcastle made another attempt to get Steve to come in – after Derby County had missed out on the play-offs and finished 8th in Championship that same weekend.
Again Steve refused to come in – and that’s when we really needed him with just three games to play and John Carver was simply way over his head as the interim head coach.
But Steve was only abiding by his contract and did his very best to still get Derby promoted, and if he had done that we doubt he would have taken the Newcastle job.
But life moves on and McClaren is now keen to take up the challenge – and it’s going to be huge challenge for the former Middlesbrough manager, with Newcastle fighting relegation in two of the last three seasons.