The Mail has revealed that Steve McClaren’s contract is for three years, but if he wins the FA Cup or finishes in the top eight in the Premier League he goes to an eight year contract automatically – much like Alan Pardew and his team received after he had guided Newcastle to a top five finish – which in retrospective was a remarkable achievement given all the constraints put on Newcastle managers by owner Mike Ashley.
So Steve McClaren and his coaching team have massive incentives to actually do well at Newcastle, in spite of their terrible initial five months at the club when we lost to Sheffield Wednesday at home in the League Cup and are third bottom of the league 3 points from safety after 20 games played.
Steve McClaren – eight year deal incentive
The chances of Steve achieving either an FA Cup win or finishing top eight in the Premier league are however slim at best.
But it seems that Mike Ashley wants stability at the club and that’s almost the opposite of what we had under Ashley in his two years at the club when Newcastle had five different managers – Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer and Hughton.
Ashley also followed Freddy Shepherd who was fond of firing managers after about 18 months in the job.
Today’s Newcastle are almost the polar opposite of what it was when Freddy managed the club and we used to change managers every 18 months or so.
After Kevin Keegan left in January of 1997 Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder all lasted eighteen months or less as Newcastle manager.
Only the great Sir Bobby Robson had success and stayed at the club five years before he was also fired in August of 2004.
But now when most clubs would have fired their managers – like last season after John Carver had lost eight games in a row or earlier this season when Steve in his first eight games in charge garnered just three draws – we didn’t.
Steve and his team are now massively incented to turn things around this season, and if he can do that big time in the second half of this season then there’s a chance – a small chance – that he will be on an eight year deal at Newcastle at the start of next season.
The remaining four games in January are massive for the short-term futures of both Steve McClaren and Newcastle United.
What do you think?