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.
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.
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.