Newcastle Legend Backs Steve McClaren

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There’s a good article in the Chronicle today by former striker Malcolm MacDonald, and he seems to think the impending appointment of Steve McClaren as the new head coach – which we expect to be announced next week, is a good one.

Malcolm respects the coaching ability of McClaren, who he says is a real football man,  and we’ve already heard from Michael Owen, Jermain Defoe and Teddy Sheringham who have served under Steve as a coach, and they have talked about how good a coach he is on the training field.

Certainly the players seem to like playing for him.

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Malcolm MacDonald – give Steve a chance

This is some of what Malcolm MacDonald has said about Steve McClaren in his article today:

“I applaud the appointment of McClaren and implore the fans to get behind him. They shouldn’t think of England when considering McClaren but of Manchester United where he worked with Sir Alex Ferguson no less and was said to be the best coach in this country.”

“I got to know him a little when he was at Middlesbrough and he’s a football person. The Toon Army must get with him and give him a chance.”

And after the woeful performance of John Carver as the interim head coach,  Malcolm questions whether John can really carry on as the number two, having tasted what it’s like to be the head coach.

We know John would have loved to have nailed down the head coach position, and we dare say if he has taken his chance like Glenn Roeder did when he was given the caretaker job after Graeme Souness was fired back in 2006,  then John could have possibly been given the job.

Glenn was in charge of 17 total games when he took over in early February of 2006, and he won eleven of those games, drew two and lost four.

In the league he managed the team for 15 games, won ten of those and lost only three, for a points total of 32 points from 15 games – which is good and that included six wins in the final seven games.

When Glenn took over Newcastle were in 15th place – 6th bottom –  with 26 points from 23 games, and Newcastle moved up to 7th place on 58 points at the end of the season, and we qualified for the UEFA Cup.

John Carver’s record was  as bad as Glenn’s was good – and the 50 year-old Geordie took over after 19 games with Newcastle on 26 points in 9th place, and we ended up in 15th place on a measly 39 points after we were almost relegated on the final day of the season.

In 19 league games in charge John Carver won only three games and lost 12 – for a points total of only 13.

Not good.

There’s a couple of things John can do – he can stay on and realize that perhaps the head coach position is not going to ever be for him – well not at Newcastle anyway – and be satisfied with being number two at the club,  which he’s been twice before under Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew.

On the other hand his ego may play up – and he demonstrated many times in his interviews he has an ego – and he may find it (very) difficult to go back to being the number two.

We think he’s going to stay on, but he has definitely lost his big chance and his reputation has also taken a hit.

Football management is all about results ,  and nobody can argue that John failed miserably this year, just as Glenn Roeder succeeded in great style nine years ago, even though Glenn was fired by Freddy Shepherd a year later,  just before Mike Ashley bought the club.

We should find out on or before next Wednesday what the coaching team will be at Newcastle, and it’s likely going to be Steve McClaren in charge with the existing coaching staff.

That’s what Lee Charnley and Graham Carr wanted way back in early January, and they have got their wish.

Comments welcome.



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