People who know Steve McClaren have said that he’s a very good coach, and that includes Gateshead manager Malcolm Crosby, who gave a glowing reference to Steve when he first appointed last month.
At that time Malcolm said McClaren was top class and one of the best coaches in Europe, but in truth his record doesn’t really back those claims up with his win ratio after 564 games being only 46.5%.
As an example, Jose Mourinho’s win ratio is 67% after 740 games managed.
Steven McClaren on the training pitch yesterday
Malcolm worked with Steve at Middlesbrough, and he has again spoken about the new head coach at Newcastle, who took training for the first time yesterday at Benton:
“Steve’s a good manager and a good coach.” “I think he’s a good appointment for Newcastle. Stability is important. I’d like to think he’ll give them it.”
“His managerial record is good. I think he did a great job at Middlesbrough.” “He went over to Holland with FC Twente and did fantastic. In Germany with Wolfsburg, it didn’t happen.”
“He’ll organise the team,” “They might not be charging forward every five minutes but he’ll have them well-organised and they’ll be a hard team to beat.”
“At the end of the day, that’s what you have to be in any league.”
Newcastle will play Gateshead at the International stadium a week tomorrow in our first pre-season friendly, when we should see some of our new players like Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, who we bought last summer from Nottingham Forest, and they are now part of our first team squad.
Note: It was tragic for England’s women last night in the World Cup semi-final losing 2-1 to holders Japan, and a heartbreaking own goal after 92 minutes from Laura Bassett at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Tragic after England had hit the cross-bar twice, but they still did fantastically well, and deserve great credit for their excellent performances – they did England proud.