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There Are Positives About Steve McClaren At Newcastle

1:52 pm, Sunday, June 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Other News · Pre-season · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Is Pardew having a reunion at Palace?
    Remy Ba and Cabaye.

    It makes me laugh when our fans are getting excited over scraps and every other team is trying for the best they can.

    It maybe paper talk but I’d rather be linked with players like Cabaye Ba and Remy than Austin Richards and Chester.

    We’ve got £60mil to spend, woopie doo the mackems have £50mil and they’ve spent more than us in last 3years.

    Spend peanuts to keep the monkeys happy.

  • 2 JamesToon // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:01 PM


    its paper talk nothing more. Do you really think remy/cabaye/ba will take wage drops to play for a small london club that plays hoof ball (something that cabaye complained about when at newcastle)

  • 3 JamesToon // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Lets just see who we bring in, whoever they are I’m willing to back them.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    good old ed regurgitating the same article 3 times!

  • 5 toonbrother // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    This blog is a joke
    Last week you claimed Viera (a novice coach) was a superior option to mclaren
    Now you are presenting “positives” about Mclaren as though it is original thought
    Meanwhile Toonbrother has been saying since January Stevie Mac is the best option available
    One day I will get the respect i deserve for being the Smartest Guy on this blog
    One day

  • 6 optimistic prime // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    So far everything about Mclaren etc has been paper talk so it’s no real difference.

    Why wouldn’t they it’s London and if they pay wages

  • 7 usmagpie // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Lets be honest here, Steve is very much an upgrade from Carver. And with his connections within Europe I think he could bring in some quality at Newcastle. So for now I will say lets see how this plays out.
    Getting Micah in would be a good start, he’s a strong lad and players will not push him around like they do Williamson. So here we go, two month’s odd and we start again, lets see where we are at the end of October.
    You never know right this could be the club the Steve was built for and he could surprise us all.

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    McClaren could sign James McClean

  • 9 bobby mango // Jun 7, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Don’t forget they’ll include the agent fees and wages in the 60mil, as well as the transfer fee.

  • 10 Derrytoon // Jun 7, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    As for the James mclean rumour I heard it 5weeks ago if Steve got the job he’s heading to nufc also has offers from mls

  • 11 lochinvar // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    So McLaren is on holiday considering the offer which we don’t know if it’s been made to be Head Coach at SJP.
    On that basis he is or isn’t pondering over whether or not to accept or not accept a job he may or may not have been offered depending on whether or not he might or might not be able to replace the existing coaching staff with his own people.
    Meanwhile NUFC haven’t spoken with Viera and might or might not have ignored enquiries from De Boer and Laudtopp about the job that might or might not be available. Well that clear then. Decision making at the Club is alive and well. The only thing that’s clear in life at Newcastle United is that nothing’s clear.

  • 12 lesh // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:36 PM


    Your earlier missive (the hypotheticals attached to McClaren) could’ve been spoken by Sir Humphrey of Yes Minister.


  • 13 ulstertoon // Jun 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I can’t believe what I’m reading, Steve McClaren, the guy who just got sacked from the so called worst ever team In the Premier Leagues history. All beit he wasn’t the manager for them at the time but he still got sacked for not performing well enough for Derby County in a league worse than our own, but he just so happens to be good enough to take the awful squad of Newcastle (with the financial constraints of he who shall not be named) and do better than we did, in the hardest league in the world? I think not.

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