Steve McClaren has opened up about wanting the Newcastle job for a long time and he also thinks the very tough times he had as the England manager for 16 months has prepared him for the Newcastle job.
Steve took some battering in th England job and we hope he´s not going to take many more battering at Newcastle and we can win out first league game tomorrow in out 9th league game.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle head coach
Newcastle have no wins so far in eight games and we have just three draws but have an excellent chance of breaking our duck against Norwich City tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park while will lift us off the bottom of the league and above Sunderland and Aston Villa into 18th place.
This is what Steve McClaren has said before tomorrow´s game:
“Yes. It was tough at Manchester City. But honestly, this group of players are great to work with.” “They are young pups running about. That is what I enjoy, that part of the job.”
“Once the England job went, that has always been my kind of focus and drive to get back in Premier League. I’ve done that now.”
“I’ve joined a club which I’ve wanted to, even for the last 15 years.” “In some respects it has been a long journey back and a tough one.”
“But I want to make a success of this football club because it can be big and it can be huge.” “Don’t get me wrong, after England I had dark days and dark moments and dark spells, ups and downs, here, there and everywhere.”
“But I always believed, given the opportunity, I wanted to do that.” “I certainly felt that the experience abroad was great. I thought we would do it with Derby but it wasn’t to be. So this is a great opportunity.”
“When you have worked with the national team, you never get bigger batterings than that, and I do know that.”
“I used to plan my career and think I want to do this and that.” “My only focus is I want to make a success of this job, and that’s it. We will see where it leads.”
We had just as tough a start last season but in our 8th game on 18 th October last year we beat Leicester City at home.
It;? out 9th game tomorrow but it´s also 18th October so maybe that;s a clue that we will indeed get our first win this season tomorrow.
That will provide Steve McClaren, the coaches, the players and the fans with the lift we all need.
Here´s hoping for that win.