Steve McClaren A Great Coach – But Not A Top Manager

David James has talked about Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren today and he´s said Newcastle can avoid relegation if Steve McClaren sticks at doing what he´s very good at – as a coach.

When Steve was appointed as the head coach at Newcastle in early June players came out of the woodwork to say how great he was as a coach, but his record in management did not reflect that – and that was a cause for concern.

David James played 231 times for Liverpool and a number of other clubs after that – notably 158 times for Portsmouth.

David played for England 53 times and was in the England team during McClaren´s disastrous 16 month reign as England manager from May of 2006.

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Steve McClaren – top class coach but not top manager

David was therefore in a position to comment on McClaren because he played for England when Steve was the top coach to England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and then was Steve was the England manager himself.

This is what 45 year-old David James has said in the Express:

“If you looked at Tim Krul as the reason Newcastle haven’t gone down in recent seasons then the answer would lean towards ‘yes’ – relegation for Newcastle this season.”

“I think with Steve McClaren, from my experience with England he was one of the best coaches I have ever worked with, he was just so good. It made sense how Manchester United were so good from his time there.”

“He went away and was a manager for a few years at Middlesbrough and then came back as England boss in 2006, and was very different.”

“I have not been at Newcastle but the side of him as a manager isn’t as strong as him as a coach.”

“If he was to be a coach, more so than manager, he is more than capable of getting Newcastle out of that position and doing well.”

“And then the necessity of the goalkeeper being top drawer is lessened because the team are performing much better.”

Newcastle went out of their way to say they were appointing a head coach to replace Alan Pardew earlier this year.

Steve´s a top coach so maybe they thought  well that´s it – he will become very successful at  Newcastle because he´s going to be a coach – but it hasn´t turned out that way – so far.

What is worrying about Steve is his record as a manager and it´s not good – and he has shown very little to suggest he can be successful at Newcastle.

Maybe it´s the extra responsibility of management that makes Steve into a mediocre manager even though he is one of the best as a coach?

And maybe David James could have gone into more detail on why Steve was not good as a manager for England – apart from the results – which were hopeless.

As far as we know Steve takes the training at Newcastle so he is doing most of the coaching of the players – and that´s his strength.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    ED…it is possible to stagger your threads you know…you can put a timeline on your posts being released into ether…why don’t you try it…it might give us a fcuking chance to write something before you change the thread yet again within 2 minutes of last fcuker.

    even half an hour between threads would give us have a chance

  • sparky55

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope he does well but at the end of the day he was in the Championshio for a good while PL clubs sacked managers and nobody came to his rescue except a club who had previously hired a sacked a league one manager.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Coach or Manager they are basically just different names for the exact same thing.

    The difference are merely technicalities! When David James tasks about McClaren being a great coach he’s referring to his time at Man Utd where SAF were the manager.

    So basically McClaren needs not to be in charge to be that great coach again.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5


    Click baits I believe is possibly Ed’s game. Time after time we see multiple articles, quite often centre-ing on vitually, more or less the same topic that could just as easily be contained under just one headline.

    Doesn’t really bother me any more now, but I guess that is the short answer.

  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    So, here you have it – the ancient Greeks were such great fans they named a place after us!

  • Goldmbemba

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed doesn’t read any comments. I’ve never seen him in the comments section.

    Also, this blog is increasingly filled with click bait. I’d love to know how much £££ Ed is actually making off this blog.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh, cheers for that marra, pretty much tells it all, yet like it says, don’t expect change anytime soon. Blair, as always, in the thick of it, selling his soul for the dollar. How he even dared lay a reef on Rememberance Sunday shows how sick he is. He’s not just got blood on his hands, he’s swimming in it. Best way to stop ISIS is stop selling them arms. We are run by very sick people.
    Is there much difference between head coach and manager in your eyes marra? The way I see it is a head coach does the same job without the wages of a manager. He’s certainly got us playing a better brand of football, which supports the good coach plaudits, but I’d still rather he had final say on transfers. After all, it’s his head if it goes tits up

  • chuck

    Nov 20, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    McClaren is a loser, his record proves it, fired from more jobs than not, with little to show for his time other than some title with a top Dutch side.

    But for sure he is a ‘yes man’ allowing Ashley to make all pertinent decisions and has more excuses than our former manager, if thats possible.

    His record at any other side would have had him fired by now, but Ashley possibly feels it would reflect on him (another poor choice) but to rely on this guy as your manager, much like he did with Pardew is dangerous and not too clever.


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