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

11:54 am, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

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.


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:


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.


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.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I know it’s not a done deal yet! but to all of those who said we cannot attrack top managers, it looks like we are getting a manager who’s last job was one of the top jobs in world football,
    NUFC still has a name, it’s still a good

  • 2 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Schteeve gone. It’s the end of an error!!!

  • 3 manxpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Well these last few days stink of hoping mclaren would walk before being pushed!
    Sounds like it will be rafa tho so apologies jail lol

  • 4 robertsleftfoot // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Rafa to knock us back and take over Greenock Morton

  • 5 danuneek // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Now everyone must get behind Benitez!!!

    He’s probably the most high profile manager we have had since Bobby. He needs time and support. Everyone has to be patient. Even if we go down hopefully he’ll be here to stay and turn things around. Although I doubt he will accept the job unless he thinks he can keep us up!

  • 6 WestOzMag // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Oh look I was right 2hrs ago

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    It’s yet another final nail in mcclarens coffin. he’ll be managing in league one with pardew in a year or two.

  • 8 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    It’s to late the damage has already been done. We should have sacked Macca in January, brought some quality defender’s in.
    We’re stuck with a squad half made up of mainly championship quality players.
    We can only live in hope.

  • 9 geordiemark // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    they could have sorted this out after the Bournemouth disaster, taken a week to sack MCclown disgrace, Ashley needs to assure rafa if it is him who gets the job that he is manager and buys and sells who he wants and not the comedy clowns in the boardroom, sack the lot of them and bring in football people or just sell up mr Ashley its as simple as that really

  • 10 archaeomag // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    At Last – HOPE!

  • 11 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Well I’m glad he’s gone now, but the way the club have handled it all has been a total embarrasment to be honest.

  • 12 manxpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    As i said Belfast it stinks of making it so uncomfortable for him he’d walk obviously didn’t work so action was taken

  • 13 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Ok, now Rafa is a step closer, we can begin to talk about what he’ll do with this group of players. He signed Shewlvey for Liverpool, he’s got a young Spaniard to elevate to the next level, he’s got some quality besides them like Janmaat and Gini and hopefully he can do for the likes of Colback that he did for Finnan, take them from a so-so PL player to a solid PL player.

    Very interested to see what a proper manager will do with this squad. There’s a lot to do! We have many players, just not of the desired quality and after survival his next job is sorting the wheat from the chaff. Hopefully there’s another circa £50m available in the summer with player sales adding to that, should we survive.

    Will be a magnificent appointment and is potentially transformational in the long run. Immediately the atmosphere in the ground and the belief in the players will be night and day compared to recent times. Exciting.

  • 14 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    SSN – no club in the relegation zone to change their manager in March April or May have ever survived.
    8 in total

  • 15 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I know he’ll be well paid off and stuff but the way it was done was a shambles very unprofessional.

  • 16 Veltman // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Lee – I know you didn’t want to meet Mac face to face because he’s a failure & betrayed you,why should you? 😉
    Did you tell him not to smash the door on his way out? 🙂

  • 17 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    They’ve obviously held onto Macca until Benitez was hired, had we not been able to replace Stevie he would have kept his job.

  • 18 posada // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    In the last 6 weeks SM has been so clueless that anybody will make a marked improvement.
    Hope this is also the end to the management structure at the club, which is on a par with Monty Pythons Flying Circus.

  • 19 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Aye very sly manxpie but look at the way Hughton was treated shouldn’t really be a surprise.

    Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the training ground this week Haha I bet it was f***** awkward.

  • 20 Ron Knee // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Whose idea was it to appoint a decent manager for once? Ashley’s?

  • 21 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    very interest in who else leaves from McClarens staff and who Rafa brings in this is not a one man job

  • 22 south coast toon // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    lets not dwell on it if they got raffa we have a chance of staying up something we have not had before now, its probably taken some perswading to get a manager in of raffas stature- so if he can keep us up we will see a real turn around at our club, this bloke will atract top players and will push us up this is the best news sinse bobby was here pass the cider we all have hope again

  • 23 JamRec // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Is that a light I see in the distance…

  • 24 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    @14. Very interesting fact. Doesn’t give us much hope of staying up then. All depends if Raffa has an impact straight off. I really hope so. This is the best manager by far we’ve had in ages and it would be depressing if he left come summer, thats if we get relegated!

  • 25 Grafton83 // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    About time, I don’t think he’s such a classy bloke. I think it’s an embarassment to have failed so badly in his job and if he’d had any class he would have realised a long time ago that he was out of his depth and resigned. It’s shameful but it’s becoming the norm. Ian Holloway walked from Palace a few years ago when he realised himself that he was going to struggle, that’s a manager with dignity, respect and integrity not McClaren he’s just a loser runner off with a lot of the clubs money. Good riddance.

  • 26 manxpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Aye proper shambles and embarrassing charnley should be out the door too maybe Carr and moncur can team up and vote 2-1 to sack him as well

  • 27 bladeuser // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Stop crying over for SMAC it’s his fault it took days he should have walked but as usual in football he knew and waited to be sacked for the pay off
    So my last statement is shorter _ SMAC

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