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Claudio Ranieri’s Damning Verdict On Steve McClaren

7:38 am, Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Before the game on Monday night at Leicester City their  manager Claudio Ranieri was interviewed before the game and he was specifically asked if he was surprised that Newcastle were second bottom of the league table.

Claudio said he couldn’t believe how Newcastle were in such a lowly position given both the immense stature of the club and the many good players that were on Tyneside.

And to emphasize that he looked down at the floor and started shaking his head from side to side.


Claudio Ranieri and Rafa Benitez before the game at Leicester

Since the job of a head coach is to get the very best out of the players available to you, that was nothing less than a damning statement of Steve McClaren, our former head coach, who had only just been fired.

Rafa Benitez has taken over and it was obvious Ranieri and Benitez were good friends from their time together managing Italian clubs.

They were both seen walking down the tunnel before the start of the game arm in arm and laughing away before the start of what was a crucial game for both of them.

How´s that for being cool?

The latest Newcastle disaster has done nothing for Steve McClaren´s standing in the game and while we feel sorry for the (very) crass way he was handled by Lee Charnley and company last week, he should have been sacked long before last Friday.

Lee Charnley didn´t seem to know the dignified way you fire a person, but Steve´s record of 24 points from 28 games is there for all to see.

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Steve is a good guy, but he was never up to being the head coach of a club as big as Newcastle United and his record shows that.

Rafa Benitez is up to the job, because of his vast experience and great success in his 23 years of management.

We are hoping he can get our players organized and motivated quickly enough to save us from relegation and it was a good start on Monday night.

Rafa had been at the club only a short three days, but we also have to start picking up the points.

We hope he can do that.

It´s simply great to have Rafa Benitez leading Newcastle United and it´s about time we had a world-class manager in charge.

He has electrified the Newcastle fan base since joining the club and telling everybody who would listen it´s one of the legendary clubs in England and has massive potential.

Comments welcome.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Mar 16, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Why do you keep saying Steve is a good guy? He clearly isnt. If he had any sense of honour he would have walked instead of waiting and playing for the sack and pay off. Man is a bloody parasite.

  • 2 G // Mar 16, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    I dont just mean at the toon either, see Derby, Wolfsberg and Twente, the parasite has form. Hasnt he also had a couple of affairs? Not a good guy at all.

  • 3 sing in the corner // Mar 16, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Had a sobering chat with the landlord of my local boozer,a staunch makem season ticket holder and occasional away game attendee. Oddly,for a makem, he usually gives a sort of coherent account of what’s going on.
    Reckons they will win on Sunday and survive based on their greater ability to score goals. Highlighted us not having hardly an effort on goal against Leicester.
    Mind you he’s a total plonky and had had quite a few lagers!
    Townsend to tear them up from wide and bomb some service into the box!

  • 4 murvar // Mar 16, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    I think Charnley is getting a bit too much stick for the delay in firing Schteeve.he had to find a successor first didn’t he? Imagine the ridicule if McClaren had been fired and then there was a gap with no manager. And look at the quality he did bring in. Fair play and all that.

  • 5 Santon03 // Mar 16, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    the difference between Rafa and Steve is fear factor.
    The players don’t fear Steve even if they don’t play well or don’t play at all, because he is their best mate.

  • 6 Santon03 // Mar 16, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Jeremaine Jenas said the difference between Sven Goran Errikson and SM is Sven didn’t like to talk much to players, he didn’t joke around or make friends, so they all fear Sven and listen to what he said because he rarely talk to them individually so it must be very important when Sven said something. Steve act like their best friend, he is “a good coach” but more like a friend.

  • 7 ascot7 // Mar 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Only brought up Twente, in a weak league, has not done anything to lift Newcastle. He is a Par dew, afraid to be radical. And he is not a tacticion. You cannot move midfielders to a defensive role,a rooky can do the job from the reserves. Because he is a specialist in that role, Be nit will make a mistake if he does not bring Armstrong back to partner Doumnia.

  • 8 ArtyH // Mar 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    @Santon03 I think it is respect rather than fear, but I get where you are coming from. Rafa commands respect for the things he has won in the game but SMC has nothing in comparison.

  • 9 Bryan // Mar 16, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I agree entirely. Lets not feel to sorry for SM. He is walking away with a golden handshake of millions for being an utter failure. One of the worst managers the club has ever had. If I performed as bad as he did in my job, the only thing I could take home to the wife would be my P45.
    Come on Rafa

  • 10 isleofmanman // Mar 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    For 20 years NUFC has been inept in managing managers

    Remember Keegan first time around? When the club was to listed on the LSE? (Hall and Shepherd made tens of £m’s out of that.

    Shepherd was alwaays like a rabbit in the headlights. A glimmer of failure and he ran for cover. Sacking sacking sacking

    Ashley has been a complete knob. Keegan 2nd time around was the very early give-away

    He has appointed Charnley the office boy bag carrier as his MD or CEO or whatever (this lardy untalented dude is unfit for purpose)

    If the Premier League income carrot wasn’t £125m next season for just being there I promise you that Ashley wouldn’t be bothered enough to bring Benitez in

    And don’t forget the excellent Benitez has a (sensible) break clause

    The managerial coup of the century?


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