After getting over the severe disappointment of not being able or willing to attract one of the top coaches available to Newcastle and instead settling on Steve McClaren, who become available a week or so ago when Derby County sacked him – Steve McClaren does have some positives, and he could even do well at Newcastle.
Steve McClaren – new head coach at Newcastle
The first thing that should be said is that Steve has handled himself well under some difficult circumstances in his career, and he has always come of them looking the gentleman – and that was also true at Derby County, where he basically wanted to stay at the club and see out the remaining two years of his contract, and be given another season to try to get County promoted.
But it wasn’t to be.
We are also hearing just how good a coach he is on the training field, and the fact that players who have been coached by him, including some England Internationals have come out and said how good he is.
So while around 70% of fans in our poll didn’t want him in as the new head coach, it’s very important that he be given every chance and some time too – by the Newcastle fans.
It looks like Steve will be on a long contract at Newcastle and the Board will certainly give him time, and it’s still not clear who will be on his staff – but maybe Lee Clark could be coming back to Newcastle as a coach.
Steve has also won things in the past including the League Cup with Middlesbrough back in 2004, and he also won the Dutch Championship with FC Twente back in 2010 – the first time the club had ever been Dutch Champions.
Steve will be coming into Newcastle sometime next week – and hopefully we will then see some players beginning to be signed in the transfer window, as McClaren gets his coaching team together and prepares for pre-season training.
It could well be that he also is given a dossier on existing players and can get himself acquainted with some of our players – which is what Alan Pardew did when he got the job in December of 2010 replacing Chris Hughton – who’s now at Brighton.
So maybe when Steve does come in and gives his press conference, we’ll all get a better idea of how he sees himself as the new head coach, what kind football he will play – and hopefully one major goal will be to win a trophy for Newcastle for the first time since way back in 1969.
That’s one thing Steve McClaren seems capable of doing, and will hopefully be given every opportunity to do that at Newcastle.