Steve McClaren will make his Premier League debut on Sunday for Newcastle when we entertain a good Southampton side at St. James’ Park and hopefully can get the season underway with a win.
On the BBC Radio Newcastle call-in show earlier this week he said there would never be a job as tough as the England job was, when McClaren went through hell and high water for 16 months, before he was fired after he failed to get England to the finals of Euro 2008.
Steve McClaren – mot many clubs as big as Newcastle
Steve recovered at FC Twente in Holland where he managed for two seasons and took them to their first and only Dutch Championship – so he has been rebuilding his career since the England calamity.
The job Steve has now is to try to win something at Newcastle United for the first time in what would be 47 years if we happened to win something next year.
This is what Steve has said on the eve of his first competitive match as head coach of Newcastle United:
“This is it – it is Newcastle United,” “You want to come back in the Premier League, and if you want to pick a club, there are not many as big as Newcastle United in terms of potential.”
“Wherever you go, you want to make it work. That’s the difference.” “Before, it was drive and ambition and everything, now it is ‘let’s do the job’. That is what I want to do.
“Wherever I have been since Middlesbrough and England, I have said ‘that’s it – I just want to do the job here, and not have ambitions for anywhere else’, and so I am here.”
“I’m totally different,” “How? I don’t really know, but I’m totally different – purely through all the experiences.”
“I have had lots of highs and lots of peaks and lots of troughs, and I want to make this another peak … to come back and use all the experiences that I have been through.”
“You are coming back into a Premier League pretty much the same as it was before – full of foreign managers and foreign players – and I think my experience working abroad as helped me with those relationships as well.”
Steve’s strengths are in his coaching on the practice field and he also appears to be an excellent man-manager, who has assembled what looks to be an excellent coaching staff on Tyneside.
We are hoping that Newcastle will be able to do well this season, and that would mean finishing in the top eight in the Premier League, and having one or even two long cup runs in the FA Cup and League Cup.
And who knows we could even win one of those.
That would be something.
That would really be something.