Steve McClaren will be given time to turn things around at Newcastle and there was more than one report in the Chronicle last week that Steve McClaren and the new coaching team will be given ample time to get things right.
That may be true but we there was also a report in the Chronicle on April 22nd that John Carver and Steve Stone “were the only viable” candidates for the head coaching job at Newcastle.
And that was after we had been beaten 3-1 at home by Tottenham which was our sixth defeat in a row.
No wonder Newcastle fans were in a panic at that time.
Steve McClaren – has to get some results on the board
We had five games to play on April 22nd and in the last three games we managed to get four points out of those games to survive – but we managed only 4 points in those final 11 games of last season.
John Carver and Steve Stone were sacked on Tuesday June 9th and in retrospect they just couldn’t do the job at Newcastle.
It was also a huge mistake by Managing Director Lee Charnley to leave them in charge for the whole of the second half of the season once Alan Pardew left us.
Lee Charnley was still allowed to pick the next coach in the summer and there were some good ones to choose from – but he picked Steve McClaren who was said to be the number one choice after Alan Pardew left Newcastle.
It seems Chief Scout Graham Carr was influential in getting McClaren to Newcastle.
Steve wasn’t available until Derby County fired him on May 25th and that left the door open – and he was given the Newcastle job and that was announced on June 10th after Steve returned from his holiday in Greece.
It’s not very often you get a bigger job with more pressure after you have just failed at a smaller one.
Lee Charnley and company will be hoping that McClaren can turn things around and soon too, because we are now likely to go into January in the bottom three or close to it.
That’s because we have to play Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal in the seven games we have through January 2nd and it’s difficult to get anything out of those three games.
If we play like we did on Saturday we’ll easily lose all three games and out goal difference will also take a hammering.
The one thing owner Mike Ashley is worried about is relegation and losing all that money by not being in the Premier League – and so we expect Mike to make more big money available in the January transfer window.
Steve will be given time with the new players to start winning some games.
But on the other hand, Newcastle have to start winning games before January rolls around.
Steve McClaren is in the results business and he doesn’t have many results to show in his first three months in charge of Newcastle this season, even though we spent a record £53M in last summer’s transfer window.
We hope Steve can turn this thing around but we cannot have the next 13 games get us only 10 points.
What do you think?