Since Steve McClaren was fired by England in late 2007 after failing to qualify for the Euro 2008 Championship, it’s difficult to say the former England manager has been too successful in club football.
Steve’s been hired and fired by two English clubs – Nottingham Forest and Derby County – and at Forest he lasted only four months and 13 games before being fired with Forest winning only three of their first 13 games and losing seven.
Steve McClaren – to be appointed Newcastle head coach
And it doesn’t heighten his appeal of Newcastle fans that he’s just been fired by Derby County, and is therefore available to Newcastle as a free agent – and no compensation needs to be paid for him.
Steve did have some success in Holland with FC Twente, and he took them to their first ever Dutch Championship in 2010, and became the first Englishman to manage a team to a league title in Europe since Bobby Robson did it with F.C. Porto in 1996.
And Steve was good friends with Bobby Robson and learned a lot form the former Newcastle and England manager.
But McClaren didn’t do well at Wolfsburg back in 2010, who he joined them after winning the Dutch Championship, and he lasted only just over seven months and 33 games, and was sacked with a win ratio of around 29%.
The good news is that he’s a million miles better than John Carver, who was simply a complete disaster as the club’s interim head coach, and almost had us relegated after we were 9th top when he took over.
John was in charge for 20 games and lost 13 and won only three for a win rate of 15%, and in the league we got only 13 points from 19 league games – a terrible record by anybody’s standards.
When Steve McClaren was at Manchester United from 1999 through 2001 he was reckoned to be a good up-and-coming coach willing to learn, and this is what we found in the Northern Echo today – a quote form Teddy Sheringham about him while Steve was at the Red Devils:
“Steve was fantastic,” “He was ready to learn from other clubs, other countries and other sports. And his interest in video analysis and sports psychology gave us another dimension.”
Steve seems to be appreciated most by the players he coaches, and that has to be a good sign.
And the Newcastle fans think he’s a better coach than Alan Pardew.
If we can get some decent players through the door this summer, then we should have a decent squad for next season, certainly better than the one we had last season, and maybe we can also reduce those injuries?
Steve McClaren has won things as a manager and the opportunity for Steve is that Mike Ashley now wants to win something at Newcastle – that’s official – so the first time for many years Newcastle can try to win one of the local cups.
Maybe Steve can do that next season, and at least get us into the FA Cup or League Cup final – and even win a trophy for Newcastle for the first time since 1969, and win our first domestic trophy since 1955 when we took Manchester City apart 3-1 in the FA Cup Final.
And last week we learned that was the very first FA Cup final Arsene Wenger was able to watch on TV in France – when he was just five years old – so no wonder he always talks well about Newcastle.
It’s a decent possibility that Steve can help us win a cup next season – and if he can do that he’ll be an unlikely hero on Tyneside.
And that’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
That’s what we are hoping for.
What do you think?