In his interviews yesterday after he was appointed as Newcastle’s new head coach, Steve McClaren reveled that Newcastle had been after him a few times over the last eleven years – and their first approach for him was back in 2004, when Sir Bobby Robson was sacked – but Steve was at Middlesbrough at the time and not available.
Steve McClaren yesterday
Former Chairman Freddy Shepherd thinks bringing in McClaren right now is a great move by the club, and this is what he told the Chronicle yesterday just before Steve was officially announced:
“I applaud Newcastle for bringing McClaren in. I think it’s a great move,” “Alan Shearer persuaded me to have a meeting with McClaren 10 years ago.”
“We tried to steal him from Middlesbrough. Alan at the time had said that he was the best coach he had ever trained with. I might have been ahead of my time!”
“He’s a great guy, but unfortunately he was unable to get released by Middlesbrough at the time.” “I think he is strong enough. I think he will work his own way and won’t be anyone’s fool.”
“I think they Newcastle always had Steve in mind, but negotiations went on a bit longer than anybody thought. But who cares? They’ve got the right guy in my opinion.”
That’s the first time we knew Alan Shearer had said that – and since he had just two years tleft in his career back in 2004, and that was with Graeme Souness as the manager, maybe McClaren was the best coach Alan Shearer ever trained with.
McClaren still has to persuade a lot of Newcastle fans he is the right guy for the job, and we keep hearing from various former players – now Alan Shearer via Freddy’s comments above – that he is a great coach.
What we don’t understand is why he hasn’t got a much better management record than he has at this point in his career.
Hopefully whatever was lacking in the past when he had his failures, can be corrected at Newcastle, maybe by having a much better coaching staff than he’s ever had before.
Certainly there are a lot of good coaches want in at Newcastle right now, and that’s always a very good sign.