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Former Newcastle Player A Big Fan Of Steve McClaren

2:53 pm, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark was at one time reported to be coming back to Newcastle as part of Steve McClaren’s coaching staff, after Lee left Blackpool at the end of last season.

But that doesn’t look like Lee will be part of Steve’s staff at Newcastle – but the former Derby County still has to announce his back-room staff on Tyneside.

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Steve McClaren – can he win something at Newcastle

But Lee seems to be a big fan of Steve McClaren and he’s talked today about the new head coach at Newcastle:

“I know people who have worked with him and everyone holds him in high regard.” “I hope he does what he did at Middlesbrough and wins a trophy. I certainly think he can.”

“The next man who does it will get that statue built for them outside St James’s Park or in the city center.” “The manager who brings the next bit of silverware will be revered around the football club.”

“Whether it’s the League Cup or the FA Cup, it wouldn’t matter.” “Newcastle should go for all cup competitions and with the right resources get into the top 10, and then who knows after that.”

“In terms of a British manager, I think Steve fits the bill perfectly.” “I had a few discussions with him coming up against him in the Championship.” “He produced a really exciting Derby County team.”

“They had a couple of key players missing at the end of the season and just missed out.” “Derby were one of the best teams all season. They had excellent players, played at a high tempo and played good football.”

“But losing two or three players when they did meant they just missed out on the play-offs and automatic promotion.”  “Once you’ve grown up as a Newcastle fan, it’s in your blood forever,” Clark added. “It never changes.”

“The day I stop being in football in a professional capacity I will come back and watch with the fans, season in, season out.”

The last time Newcastle won anything was way back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup under manager Joe Harvey when we tore Hungarian side Ujpesti Dozsa apart 6-2 in the two-legged final, winning 3-0 at home and 3-2 away.

In the two games captain Bob Moncur scored three goals – two goals at home and one away.

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Lee Clark – backs Steve McClaren

Things changed on May 24th at Newcastle, an hour before our final game kicked off against West Ham, when owner Mike Ashley said in his Sky Sports interview that he now wanted to win something at Newcastle.

Mike will also make money available to strengthen the squad this summer, because we don’t want to go through another season like last season – it was like a nightmare.

Derby were doing well until late January when they started to drop a number of points and finished out of the play-offs in 8th place, and Steve McClaren was fired.

But that left it open for Newcastle to move in and Steve accepted the head coach position at the club at the third time of asking.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Jun 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    I hope he sent his CV with that cover letter

  • 2 Lost Plot // Jun 24, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Everybody seems to wanna be Mclarens mate

    Shearer, Pearce, Quinn, Gazza, Pearce

    All wanting that number 2 job .. Easy money win or lose AND after a bad job done BLAME the board

    Where do I apply

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jun 24, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Fair enough mate though ur photo I have seen before on here, cant remember who used to have it though hence why I was curious

    Why did u get banned from another blog? Again curiosity getting the better of me

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 24, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Let’s put this Carr business to bed. Here’s Blackley’s take on it.

    The club has been run with a head coach and not a manager. That leaves a footballing gap. Someone needs to provide the squad for the HC. They need to consider who to buy and who to sell. They need to recommend to the finance chief the maximum that should be paid for a particular player and the minimum amount that a player should be sold for.

    Carr is the only other person at the club with the footballling credentials to do that. That is why I believe Gibson considers Carr is the DoF, whether he has that title or not. To that extent Gibson is right. That is by no means the full story because Charnley has ultimate control over Carr. You could argue that Charnley is the DoF because he has the final say and will do what he thinks best, although he has no footballing knowledge. The reality is that Carr is providing the footballing side of the input. Charnley has ultimate control and piggy backs Carr’s football credentials to run the show. It is this footballing element of the DoF role that I attribute to Carr.

    Carr might be recommending top players. But we can all do that. The top players are out of our league. So Carr should be identifying players who can do a good job and who are realistic targets. Nothing wrong with tracking top players and seeing them as targets but top players are notoriously difficult to get to clubs like NUFC who are midtable and lower.

    As the only footballing person, Carr should be saying where the budget should be spent. If he wants to go all out for one quality CF that should be his call. How can Charnley be making those kind of calls? It would mean that Charnley is putting the team together. It’s much more likely that Charnley is trying to get players in or sell players based on Carrs advice and not to exceed Carr’s maximum or minimum budget.

    The bottom line is that Carr recommends players like Anita, Rivi and Cabella and sets a maximum price. Those players should not be on his list and certainly not at those prices. Carr is taking the wages and coming up with too many duds that the club should not be touching.

    Carr should grow a pair of balls and not put his name to these signings. Whichever way you look at it and whatever title you want to give him, Carr’s the football man at the top and he’s a member of an incompetent team.

  • 5 the white tino // Jun 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Blackeye and brownring talking utter shite again what a tosser

  • 6 Blackstarbullet // Jun 24, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Thanks but no thanks Lee. It’s not enough being a Geordie and lets remember you have managed some real crap teams.

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