People who know Steve McClaren have said that he’s a very good coach and yesterday Gateshead manager Malcolm Crosby said Newcastle were getting one of the best coaches in Europe – high praise indeed from a man who worked with Steve as a coach at Middlesbrough.
Malcolm Crosby – Gateshead manager
This is some of what Malcolm said about McClaren:
“It will be good having Steve just over the water because obviously we worked together at Oxford and Boro. He is a good man and a good manager.”
“He is certainly one of the best coaches I have worked with because he organizes teams well and gets the best out of players.”
“I think he will do well with them,” “The clubs in the North East are fantastic. Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro, and even at the lower level, they are fantastic.”
“He will get them right, get them organised and make them a harder team to play against.”
“I don’t think he had to re-invent himself after England but I just think it came at a bad time. If he had been a manager for another three or four years, he would probably be at a really top club now.”
“Instead, he took the England job and you are not going to say you don’t want it because you may never get the opportunity again so I can understand why he took it.”
“But you can understand why he took it. People have missed the boat with him, they really have because he is a good manager.”
“It was just unfortunate that the biggest job in the country comes up and for me, if he had not taken that, he would have ended up managing a Man U or Man City.”
High praise indeed but if he was of the best coaches in Europe how come that’s not reflected in his record as a manager?
And there’s a lot of ifs and buts there from Malcolm.
But Steve McClaren is certainly experienced and seems to like coaching – and in 564 games he’s managed, he has won 262, drawn 134 and lost 168 for a win rate of 46.5%.
As a comparison Alan Pardew’s overall record is managed 735 games, won 314, drawn 175 and lost 246 for a win rate of 42.7%.
In his several management appointments Steve’s had three disasters – as the England manager and as manager at Wolfsburg and more recently at Nottingham Forest.
We hope Steve gets off to a good start at Newcastle this season.