This Would Really Be A Shock Appointment

There had been some rumors about this a week or so ago, but the news is that former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is in talks about a possible return to Derby County after he was fired from the job 17 months ago.

And Newcastle (Lee Charnley) offered him the job on Tyneside only days after that sacking which had catastrophic results with Steve just not up to the job.

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Steve McClaren when Newcastle manager

He was fired earlier this year after 28 league games played in which he had the worst record of any Newcastle manager in the Premier League and only 24 points and is one reason Newcastle are now a second division side.

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Former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson was sacked as the Derby County manager last  Saturday after less than five months in charge.

Yes, they said it was by mutual consent but that’s put our there simply to make the firing a little easier to take.

There are conflicting reports on whether Steve would be appointed as the manager at Derby or whether he would be working alongside caretaker boss Chris Powell in some supportive role.

Steve recently said his future lies at the executive level like a Director of Football, but whether his former club will give him that opportunity remains to be seen.

Steve’s reign as Newcastle manager was probably his worst performance as a manager since the fateful job as England manager he had back in 2006, which was again too much for the former Manchester United assistant manager.

From a personal viewpoint it would be good for Steve to get back into football to repair the damage that was done to his reputation at Newcastle, where he was simply way out of his depth.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    never mind McClown
    See the Clowns at FA/Premiership have picked Anthony Taylor for the Liverpool Man Utd

    Why pick a referee who was born 10 miles and lives only 6 miles from Old Trafford

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 12, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    hopefully RAFA’s squad and rotation should come to fruition in the next couple of weeks as we have 5 games in 14 days

  • Budge123

    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    How bad will Derby fans feel at the moment – what a joke there owner must be.

    Charlie the ref if a declared Altrincham fan.
    So no conflict of interest. What is the problem

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Charlie, been banging that drum for seasons mate, but it’s fell on deaf ears. How they justify it is by saying he ‘supports’ some none league side in Manchester. Not good enough imo. Why risk it? Would they allow Oliver to ref our games if he’d said he supported Blyth Spartans? Doubt it. What should matter is how it appears to the neutral fan and imo it doesn’t look good.


    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    But Diame hasnt been bad and considering hes just getting back to his full fitness, hes playing in a unfamiliar position and hes part of a huge change in the team he could quite easily say Ive done well since joining (its from a fluff piece that Newcastle put out) but he didnt he was harsh on himself

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Budge, they’ve had Derby fans on the phone on talksport and they – the ones who’ve phoned in – are happy with it. He did have them playing the best football in decades by all accounts. I lived in Chesterfield for a good while before moving back north and friends of mine want him back too. One man’s meat etc. Time will tell, but I guarantee we won’t ever want him back. 🙂

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7


    Taylor refereeing the Liverpool – ManU games absolutely ludicrous.

    Even if he is genuinely impartial, that’ll not wash with either the Liverpool or Citeh fans if ManU win.

    The FA have really put Taylor under pressure before the game so he’s not going to manage it in a truly impartial manner.

    The only way to overcome the possibility of match official bias is to have a Europe wide pool which should substantially increase the likelihood of unbiased refereeing.


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