Steve McClaren has given an update on what he’s trying to achieve at Newcastle in his new role of Head Coach the club have created, and it’s different from the old “manager” concept when one person did almost everything including the coaching, transfers and most other things too.
Football – especially in the Premier League – has now become too big and too complex for that role to continue for too much longer, and Newcastle have formally adopted the continental approach to how a football club is run.
Steve McClaren – update on what he’s trying to so
Steve McClaren has given an update on what he’s done and will be trying to do at Newcastle in his new role before the players report back for pre-season training at the beginning of July:
“I’m talking to people over the next two or three days and hopefully by Monday I will have enough people in place.” “But I can’t say at the moment because maybe they don’t know the situation with their own jobs.”
“My title is head coach.” “We try to develop a coaching environment because we’re teachers – we’re coaches and we want to make people better, including the staff.” “Everyone’s got a clean slate,”
“I’ve got no preconceptions of anyone – they are all damned good players. At the end of the day they have to produce and cross the white line for us.” “As a staff we’ll try to get them producing and get everyone on the same page.”
“At the moment there seem to be a lot of pages flying about.” “We need to work out what we’re trying to do and get everyone going in the right direction to do it.” “We’re going to review everything the club has been doing.”
“The first thing is the present playing squad – assessing it and what can we do to improve things? What can we add?” “That’s the priority but my remit is reviewing it, listening to what people are saying and putting a plan together by July 1 when everyone comes back.”
“Wherever I’ve gone I’ve always said you’re only as good as your players. Recruitment nowadays is the most important thing.” “There’s a lot of money in the Premier League, everyone is about equal, everyone wants to go forward so it’s about doing it right.”
“It’s a jungle out there trying to get the right players but recruitment is vital. Firstly my energies are going to be about that and if we do that we’ve had a damned good start.”
It’s interesting that Steve’s man-management is let’s say a little different from that of John Carver, and Steve’s said they are all damned good players at Newcastle.
As we’ve said before – in management you usually get what you expect form the people working for you – so notice that Steve is expecting them to be good players when pre-season starts.
John said there were a lot of players who just weren’t good enough to play for Newcastle, and they subsequently proved John right when playing for him this year.
And managers are only as good as their people, and it’s interesting Steve has mentioned that above – so Steve seems a savvy guy with good experience and excellent leadership skills.
The people that have been mentioned as possibly being part of his coaching staff include Derby County assistant manager (should that be assistant coach now?) Paul Simpson, his former player at Middlesbrough Bolo Zenden who is now coaching at PSV, and fitness guru and motivational speaker Steve Black – who was born in Newcastle.
If Steve can get all three in then that would be a good staff he’s hired, and maybe Steve Black can quickly get to the bottom of why we have so many injuries each season – and he can also help motivate the players so they play at their very best for the team.
If he can do that then the squad we already have in place would perform so much better than they did in the second half of last season, which was a total nightmare for Newcastle fans.
But we survived relegation and it’s got to be upward and onward from now on.