It wasn’t exactly a popular appointment at Newcastle to hire Steve McClaren as manager and it looked more like Steve was more than willing to come in and manage under all the restrictions the Newcastle manager (or head coach) has placed on him because of the way the club is run under owner Mike Ashley.
It as also surprising that Newcastle still went after McClaren in June after he was apparently the first choice in January after Alan Pardew left – but he had just been fired by Championship club Derby County.
Steve McClaren – things not going well
How many other Premier League clubs would have done that?
The Times chief football writer Henry Winter has written in the Sunday Supplement that Steve McClaren is not suited to be manager of such an iconic club as Newcastle United.
And Henry thinks McClaren is less than convincing in his TV interviews after the games.
What we don’t like seeing is Steve with his head in hands on the touchline – what message does that send to his players?
Certainly not a manager in control of things.
This is what Winter has written today:
“He has the presence and aurora to be a No 2, we saw that at Manchester United,” “But I just don’t think for a club of that stature and emotional identity with the fans that he has the stature to be manager.”
“You hear him criticising the players and speaking afterwards and he is not convincing – the greatest managers are at their most impressive and most quotable in defeat.”
“We saw with England that when the heat was on he couldn’t deal with it. Man management is key, I don’t think McClaren has that. The dressing room has individuals who need bringing into line.”
“Coloccini should be leading the dressing room,” “He should be saying ‘whatever we think about McClaren, we have a duty to the people who pay us good money and to the Newcastle fans, who give everything each week to have pride in the team’.”
“They are not doing it. I would look at Coloccini as much as McClaren.”
Coloccini is not the appropriate captain to have at the club and if Steve wants to fix problems he should take the captaincy away from the Argentine this week.
And against Liverpool at home next Sunday he has to make some changes in the starting line-up such as starting Kevin Mbabu at left back in place of Paul Dummett, who has struggled in the last three games.
Surely we have players who can play better and with more pride and passion than the eleven who started the game yesterday.
Steve cannot suffer many more defeats before we think Mike Ashley might have to ask.
But if Steve is fired will he leave the decision for who to appoint as the new manager to Lee Charnley who has hired John Carver and Steve – who have both been disastrous appointments?
Newcastle can still recover this season – but there is not much leeway – and the club needs to start doing the things right for a change.