McClaren Tries To Rewrite History But Here’s The Truth


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

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.

Head CoachPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
Carver1934121835-1713
McClaren2456132544-1921
Total43810254379-3634

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.

Comments welcome.



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81 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Wally Brollys Bwave new World – what a load of tosh by ssshhhh -you know who.

    Hope we are not going to hear such claptrap and drivel again!!

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Grinning bellend.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #3

    So knowing what it would take why was he so willing to take the job on. Because the inanely grinning fool was desperate for a job. He had every chance to say I want this or that, instead he let himself be humiliated on his first press conference when told what to say and to whom.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Cardboard cut out kernt!

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps if you’d had some actual bawls when you took the job instead of just gleefully accepting whatever terms they laid out to you for one more shot at the big time then people might have a bit more respect toward you.

    Oh, and you were never the right man. Ever.

    Grinning twat of the highest order.

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  • andrew84

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t put you off raving about him in every other post when he first joined us though Ed :p

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    I suppose the fraud has a column or slot on a show somewhere and gets asked questions now and then. Don’t ever think he’ll get a job in the PL or Championship again but if Carver can get a half decent job after his complete shambles we’ll hear about the tw@t in the UAE or somewhere like that.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Tbf a lot of people thought he’d be a good appointment but it didn’t work out

    I’ve got no ill will towards him personally

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #9

    31Ian Toon // Apr 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM
    Mr Tuff- You really are a tedious ……..!

    I was asked to provide a brief piece on Jonjo which could be absorbed into a fuller report. I was unaware if it was to be used and if so when. If you are a DT reader please examine….. You’ve lost all credibility in your obsessive desire towards me. Have you recently watched the Boys from Brazil. I thought you got of lightly some months ago over your accusations levelled at nagascar- for all our sakes give it a rest.
    The Jonjo piece was in support of Spoof and was a follow up from this morning-

    Mr Tuff- I have responded previously. All my own material – I write/ submit for the Metro and others usually under the titled Sports Reporter banner. I don’t have a problem someone else posting under their name because it means they rate the content. I am using the leverage to get some work potentially from the London, Evening Standard. Hope this meets with your approval. Don’t worry it’s only a hobby
    I have a desire to qualify in a very much more worthwhile field than becoming an old hack- I can’t keep up in the drinking stakes.

    I wrote occasional articles for WSC when in my first year at Uni as an 18 year old. It helped towards my survival.

    We’ve spoken before about people with agendas- I always look at who’s saying what and why they’re saying it.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    In all fairness when Rafa took over he only had control of picking the team, so to say he wouldn’t take over without full control is disingenuous. It wasn’t until we were relegated and he negotiated a different deal that he took full control.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh WW…,
    I can’t stand the grinning pr!ck, he knew full well that the set up was a shambles yet was willing to take us down just because he knew he’d never be offered another job in the PL again, he didn’t want to be here from the off

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 14, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12

    He was complicit in our relegation.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    SUTTY,
    In all fairness what else could he have had control over in his ten game remit?

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail
    When he took the job no way he thought we would get relegated though

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #15

    hahaha always get a good laugh on here:-

    Ian Toon ” You’ve lost all credibility in your obsessive desire towards me”

    No obsessive desire sonny I just react to deceitful knobbers.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail
    He signed a 3 year contract not just one for 10 games. I’ll admit the break clause was clever, but if we had stayed in the PL then he had a contract for another 2.5 years without control.

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  • magicmac

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Steve Mc Claren, my advice to you is keep your mouth closed, your making an even bigger fool of yourself, as the saying goes, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time. HWTL.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #18

    if you believe half the clap trap thats been written on the Carver and McLaren appointments they were both Charnleys appointments he picked them his head should have rolled
    in my mind a lot of the blame for our relegation falls at his door he made a big mistake with McLaren and was not big enough to admit it kept him in the job way to long to try and save face and it all went tits up Carver and McLaren were never good enough for the job in hand neither was Charnley
    notice how he’s adopted a very low profile these last few months

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    IanToon. That DT report was from an hour after the match finished last night. I find it highly unlikely that in that hour you were asked to provide a bit of blurb, you did it, sent it and the author incorporated it, got it past the editor and released it.
    I’ve emailed Gerry to ask him anyway.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Ian and the word credibility in the same sentence. Oh the irony.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #21

    It has been a continuing obsessive habit of yours over many years. The repeat posts suggest 3 and a half years. Does a man of your mature years really want to devote such time to this rather than enjoy your retirement or putting something back in the charity field.

    It’s not my business but It isn’t healthy and it absorbs too much of your time.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda- You’re not being helpful. Excuse me.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #23

    SUTTY,
    Talks went on for nearly a week before he took the job, how do you know what he’d asked for, relegation set a whole new ball game.
    WW…,
    He’s too up himself to think that but he knew exactly that it was being run as a shambles, his comments now prove that, he was desperate to be in the PL and wasn’t going to let our relegation get in the way of that. Whether it’s done him any harm in the long run is a different matter, I doubt it’s done his bank balance any serious harm but his ego might have too much a bit of a hit, he’s such a shite house though it’s probably gone over his head.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Sutty- You’re another trying to find fault. I provided the Jonjo comment around 10 days ago- read what I wrote to Mr Tuff.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail
    Haha Christ u really don’t like him

    As I say mate I’ve no real dislike for him, if he hadn’t taken it someone else of equal stance would of and they might of done better meaning we wouldn’t have Rafa and a chance of a future now

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #26

    IT,
    Just give up the petty battles will you, you’ve got about as much credibility on here as Mcardew, a few disillusioned people not capable of cleaning their own hoops.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Sutty- “I was asked to provide a brief piece on Jonjo which could be absorbed into a fuller report. I was unaware if it was to be used and if so when”.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Ian, your brief piece on Shelvey written 10 days ago is all about what he did last night, none of it would have made sense 10 days ago.
    What’s your day job, clairvoyant?
    Just admit when you’ve been rumbled.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #29

    hibbitt,
    The fat man himself said the buck stops with him, but Llambeze, JfK, Churnley and the three McCardew’s share a huge part of the blame as well.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Gents, Gents, Gents, can’t you all just get along and just enjoy what’s happening this season, ffs.

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Marhoosive lols at Villa.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Spurs always seem to fall short when push comes to shove. As does England. There are quite a few Spurs players in the England setup now? Any connection here? It looks as if several of them should be dropped by Big Sam to me. No cutting edge in the game against Monaco.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Sutty- I don’t have to satisfy you or anyone else .

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Wait Ian Toon is a writer in the Metro?

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Welsh- This was engineered by MR Tuff and not for the first time.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #36

    welsh,
    Just shut the fcuk up and try and say something meaningful for once will you. We’re talking about Mclaren, why don’t you add your limited thoughts to that discussion, or would you rather just wind people up by saying how good Pardew is, remember your first posts slating Pardew when a few people thought he was OK. I do not believe for one single minute you support the toon, I’ve seen the way you bite and slate us when someone points out how shit Swansea are!

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Haven’t got BT but I can easily imagine old Moussa sloping off the pitch harbouring thoughts that, as a man of such skill and talent, he should have started the game. Oh well, he can always get onto his contact at L’equip and start chatting on about beautiful clubs if it doesn’t go well at The Tottenham club,.
    Aah, all in all its been a canny footballing week.. 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Say something meaningful, jail you dipstick, why keep on about the past when something exciting is happening right now.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #39

    A great result yesterday, I have to admit we exceeded my expectations. So well done to Rafa and the team.
    Shelvey showed his premier league quality’s and scored a great goal.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #40

    And by the way i don’t need people telling me swans are rubbish, I already know especially as we have got a clown as a manager.

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