Steve McClaren Explains His Loyalty

Some Newcastle fans were annoyed that Steve McClaren didn’t come to Newcastle in January, when he first asked by Lee Charnley  to take over the team, and the reasons he didn’t do that have been explained again by the Newcastle head coach.

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Steve McClaren – timing and loyalty important

Steve has given a wide-ranging interview to Premier League TV, and he explained his situation at the time and why he couldn’t in good conscience leave Derby County.

At that time Derby were pushing hard for promotion and in the previous season they had been dramatically been denied promotion by a 90th minute Bobby Zamora goal at Wembley by a 10 man QPR side.

This is how Steve explained his decision to stay at Derby County:

“The key thing in football is always timing and loyalty.” “I didn’t think the timing was right in January.”

“I’d been there just over a year and still had a job to do. We were expecting to be pushing for promotion.”

“We were, at the time, top of the league, and I just felt that loyalty was very important. Loyalty to a club and to the people in the club who had stood by me.”

And now my loyalty is towards Newcastle United, 100%.”

“The breakthrough for me was working at Manchester United.” “Just seeing at the top level what it takes to win, what it takes to win leagues and trophies.”

“The key advice that Sir Alex gave me was just to be yourself. Go out there and manage and develop players, create a winning attitude and create a winning environment and culture.”

Steve has made a point of urging the fans and everybody associated with Newcastle United to get behind the team, and start rowing the boat in the same direction.

We really hope that happens, and it’s only 13 days now to our first league game against the Saints at St. James’ Park on August 9th, and we are hoping for a full house for that game.

And all 3 points.

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