Last week Newcastle United fired John Carver and Steve Stone, and it seemed that was much to the relief of most fans since John had a terrible record at Newcastle in the 20 games he managed – and he did so poorly that Newcastle even decided to fire him when he still had five years of his eight year deal to run.
But there’s little doubt his record was simply abysmal and we won our last game thankfully, but before that we had just two wins in 19 games and were 4th bottom on that last day of the season after we were 9th top when he took over, and of course we could even have been relegated – but we hammered West Ham 2-0 and the lads played really well and we were safe.
Steve McClaren – top coach by all accounts
John’s record in full was not good.
The sacking of John Carver came as a bit of a shock, and we were convinced he would stay at the club (wrong again!), but his firing opened up the way for Newcastle to bring in a whole new coaching team – and then last Wednesday Steve McClaren was announced as the new Newcastle head coach.
Steve is well respected in football circles and he’s a real gentleman, and it’s been a little surprising how fairly positive Newcastle fans have been to his appointment, and many players have come out and said Steve was one of the best coaches they played for in their careers.
And in the Chronicle today, fellow Newcastle Board member and former captain Bob Moncur has welcomed the announcement:
“I’m excited about the appointment.” “Whoever we appointed, we were never going to get everyone saying he’s the right man, but overall I think he’s a very good appointment.”
“I think he understands the game, he’s been around a long time, he’s got a lot of contacts, he’s well respected.”
“The one thing I do know is that around the people I’ve spoken to in football since this was mooted is that he’s an outstanding coach and that’s exactly what we need at the moment – to get the players playing.”
“Of course it will help – and it’s not easy, but the more good players you’ve got, the easier it is to coach.”
The coach is very important and we have seen recent cases where a manager has come in and with the same players available, has organized them and made them into a much better team.
That happened last year at Crystal Palace when Tony Pulis came in and became Manager of the Season for the expert way in which he organized the side, and Palace started to pick up points and easily avoided relegation.
This year Tony has done much the same thing at West Brom and Alan Pardew, after leaving Newcastle had Palace winning games and they gained a massive 19 points on Newcastle in the second half of the season and finished in 10th place and five places and 9 points above us in the league table.
So it’s very clear how important a coach is in football, and since by all accounts we have now got one of the best to manage Newcastle – then this could signal a new start at Newcastle.
We certainly hope so.