We must say that when we heard that Steve McClaren would get the head coach job at Newcastle, we didn’t think Steve was much better than Alan Pardew at all – and may not be as good as Alan Pardew was at Newcastle, even though Pardew was in no way a big favorite with the Newcastle fans.
Steve McClaren – new head coach at Newcastle
But in our poll we put out today, the majority of fans think Steve’s a better coach than Alan Pardew, and around three fans in five think Steve McClaren is a better coach than Pardew.
While we are disappointed we didn’t bring in a better coach with a better record than McClaren, Steve still needs to be given support, and we hope he can shock us and be a really good coach on Tyneside.
One thing that’s encouraging is that his former players like Michael Owen and Jermain Defoe cannot say enough good things about him and his coaching.
Michael Owen has let it be known to anybody who will listen that he’s right up with there with the best coaches he’s ever worked with.
And one thing we are clear about is Steve is a gentleman, and he has handled some very difficult periods of his management career with complete class and strong character.
As we’ve said before, all we want to see is a good Newcastle United side that can get us back fighting for a top six position in the Premier League – and yes – maybe even winning a cup or at least having a good run in the cup competitions.
The fans all over the world who follow Newcastle United deserve that.
And we are still hoping next season can be a (very) good season for us.
What do you think?