At Last – McClaren Fired – Clear For Benitez To Come In

It took six days when it should have taken less than one, but don’t accuse Lee Charnley of doing  nothing – well at least not for today – as Newcastle have finally fired Steve McClaren after a disastrous spell at the club, which could still see us relegated this season.

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Steve McClaren – leaving Benton yesterday – he knew

Here is Steve’s disastrous record at the club – the worst by any Newcastle manger in the Premier League.

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This is the statement put out by Newcastle:

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After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the Club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the Club will end with immediate effect.

We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the Club at heart.

Lee Charnley said:

“I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.

“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.

“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.

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This is good news and since they said they wouldn’t do this unless and until they had somebody lined up – it’s looking got as far as Rafa coming in.

Given this has happened whenSky Sports reported McClaren had been fired yesterday afternoon why did they go out of their way to refute that with the local papers – why not have left it until this announcement?

It caused more confusion than enough with fans dreading that we may keep McClaren on as head coach.