Steve McClaren is busy trying to rewrite history and we suppose with a record as bad as Steve had at Newcastle, it’s not too surprising he would try to do that.
Steve has been talking again about his short and very disastrous time at Newcastle and he has said he was the right man at the wrong time at Newcastle.
In truth it was almost the opposite – he was the wrong man at the right time.
We had just survived relegation last year under the very woeful John Carver when we lost nine out of our last 11 games and eight Premier League games in a row for the first time ever.
Steve McClaren last season – even he couldn’t watch it
When Alan Pardew left the club early last year, for the next 15 months it was the worst performance in the Premier League Newcastle have ever endured and we put that down to poor coaching.
Here’s their records in the league.
So between them they won 8 league games in 43 and lost 25 and their goal difference was -36.
Mike Ashley wanted to stay out of the running of the club (a very good decision) and he had tasked Lee Charnley with getting a new head coach in.
And Lee for some reason known only to himself and it was even after his disastrous appointment of John Carver as interim coach – chose Steve McClaren.
Steve had just been sacked by Derby County because he had failed to get them promoted over his two seasons in charge.
It was the right time to pick a good head coach, because as it turned out Mike Ashley was willing to spend money and we spent £80M on new players last season.
This season so far, Rafa has made a £31M profit and sold two of the players we signed last season – Gini Wijnaldum for £25M (£14M) and Andros Townsend for £13M (£12M) – a cumulative profit of about £12M.
This is what Steve McClaren has said recently:
“Run correctly and rightly, as a football club it will thrive.”
“Unfortunately, I was the right man at the wrong time. What Rafa has done is gone in and gained control. It needed a big change.”
“He has bought players with Championship experience, leaders in the dressing room, which was something that was badly needed.”
The system didn’t work – that’s true.
Having Lee Charnley and Graham Carr choose the players didn’t work at all, but why didn’t Steve speak up more about that when he was in charge?
Rafa has a much stronger character and he wouldn’t take over unless he had full control of all football matters at the club.
That strong personality of Rafa’s is also evident with his squad and he is proving quickly at Newcastle why he is one of the best managers in the world.
In the 18 games in charge in all competitions (17 in the league with one cup win) he has won 9 of them with a goal difference of +16.
Steve McClaren wasn’t and never will be the right man for Newcastle.
He is simply not good enough as a coach and nothing in his record suggested he had what it takes to be a successful Newcastle manager.
That may be hard on McClaren, but it is the truth.