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There’s A Disconnect With McClaren And His Record

9:24 am, Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM


    KK called him the best one-to-one coach in the world. (Disclaimer: It’s on Black’s website!)

  • 2 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:28 AM


    @ 16
    here it is.

  • 3 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    @sickandtired – more to that story though mate! Derby played 4-3-3 and Bamford got a chance through the middle but didnt score for like 8 games… Whereas there other striker (i think it was martin) was bangin them in!
    Bamford actually was really effective wide of a front 3 and scored a few from that position and even won a player of the month!
    I think Derby were under pressure to give him minutes and at the time he simply couldn’t lead the line as a lone striker and it was wide or nothing!

  • 4 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    The teams he took over wasn’t in a great shape, was it? It’s not like he took over Bayern, Barca, Madrid, City, or chelsea and turn it into mediocre team.
    I think people need to look at the squads, what they were capable of and where Steve took them.

  • 5 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM


    Van Ginkel was a good prospect when he signed for Chelsea however since getting the cruitiate injury which kept him out for a year he hasn’t quite looked the same. Not sure where he went last season though but he does keep picking up niggling injuries which hamper him.

    In central midfield we have sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Abeid and Colback it’s an area of the pitch we are probably stronger in compared to other departments. I personally would look to strengthen elsewhere, what about the defender Kalas? If he’s still at chelsea

  • 6 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Mclarens better than what we’ve had under ashley. His problem is usually taking on jobs he should avoid ie: england,wolfsburg and Forest! Even Derby to an extent as they had huge expectations and no squad of budget were all jobs that were bound to fail! If hed have remained at Twente in all likelihood he would have replaced Jol at Ajax and could have gone to any height! Problem is hes a too ambitious and too arrogant to think he might not be able to make something work!

  • 7 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    check this out; more directors at Newcastle!??

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM

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