Steve McClaren has been appointed as the head coach at Newcastle – finally – and he also becomes the first Premier League coach to be put on a Board of Directors – or the Football Board as owner Mike Ashley referred to it, in his Sky Sports interview.
Steve McClaren – new head coach and Board member
The Newcastle Board of Directors now consists of the following:
- Lee Charnley – Managing Director
- Graham Carr – Chief Scout
- Steve McClaren – Head Coach
- Bob Moncur – Club Ambassador
It remains to be seen if the replacement for John Irving – the former Finance Director – will join the Board, but it shows there’s now good football knowledge on the Board – for a change.
That seems to be a good move by the club and it also gives Steve McClaren more power at Newcastle – and hopefully he can push more effectively for players he wants in the transfer market.
It’s really a structure that no other club has in the Premier League, and it seems that owner Mike Ashley wanted more football brains on the Board.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle United head coach
That looks a good structure and the only non-football person on it is Lee Charnley.
Lee lacks experience but his strength is in doing the wheeling and dealing and what it takes to get our transfer targets into the club – something he has been doing for several years now – and he’s a man known for getting things done.
Mike Ashley is no longer on the Board (we didn’t think he was on it in the first place) and Mike is not a football person, so again this is a good move for the club with football brains now serving on the Board of Directors.
Now we need to hear what Steve’s coaching team is – and Newcastle need to get (very) busy getting those six (or was it seven?) good players into the club – preferably before pre-season starts in early July.