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Steven McClaren Wins Manager of The Month Award

One month after Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez won the Manager of the Month award for October the man he replaced at Newcastle – Steven McClaren – has won the award for November with three Derby wins last month against Norwich, Rotherham and Wolves.

The player of the month was Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest, who came in for severe criticism last Friday night for his antics in the game against Newcastle and was criticized by manager Rafa Benitez.

We don’t want to be too unkind, but Steve’s win will come as a shock to most Newcastle fans with McClaren being almost solely responsible for having Newcastle relegated last season, when he gained  only 24 points from 28 Premier League games last season before he was finally fired.

His firing last March was long overdue after Newcastle had put in some pathetic performances and spent £80M in the transfer market.

It’s one of the worst performances ever by a Newcastle manager in the Premier League – it was just too much for him.

30 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha, it seems tossers come in threes too!

  • Sav

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Angela praised for aggressively ‘driving’ his team forward. Can’t help but think there’s a typo there…

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew was manager of month more than once, and look what happened with him. Seems to be a curse rather than a cause for rejoicing.

    It was mentioned that Rafa (all hail him) has good contacts in the media, just wondering if certain newspapers are still banned from St James Park?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Sav, 🙂

    Wonder if he’s had lessons from Tom Daley.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Why would McClaren’s award come as a shock ?

    Everyone ackowledged he was an excellent Championship manager/coach.

    The next level is beyond him , which is unfortunate for him and Derby County .
    If he should get promotion , he will have to be sacked or Derby will just be a yo-yo club (of course the PL money every other season might suit some clubs agendas )

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Paradoxically the banning of certain media from SJP ended under McClaren.

  • Bowjaw

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Something off topic,
    who ever was on talk sport this morning was discussing how much of a waste of money Hisssssssoko is, then went on to say how Newcastle wouldn’t get any where near the 30 million as we still owed Spurs a lot of money for Townsend and Yedlin. This doesn’t seem to fit fat mans remit of buying players cash and is certainly the first time ive heard this. Any body else heard about this?

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8


    Just a load of toffee.

    They should call it “talkcrap”.

    We paid £12million up front for Townsend and Crystal Palace paid us £13million up front.

    Yedlin was £5million+ subject to appearances which is ongoing.

    Sissoko was cash on the barrel head as part of Spurs quite remarkable summer 2016 balancing of the books.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully the AFCON won’t effect us much this time around. None of the players are 1st choice team members and (fingers crossed) we seem to have lifted the injury curse.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10


    I do vaguely recall that happening, but wasn’t it Ashley rather than McClaren who did the banning initially

  • AncientC

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    The mentioned Tottenham fan that was on TalkSport sounds a just a bit dim, it does not matter what other transactions are between the clubs, if Tottenham have agreed to pay £30 million for Sissoko over 5 years, that is what they will pay. I believe if Tottenham sell Sissoko; it will be a case of Spurs paying all of the installments.

    The Tottenham fan referred to reminds me of Liverpool fans – who tried to claim they didn’t waste £35 million on Carroll because they got £50 million for Torres.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Over the Moon for good old McCardew fully deserved, no doubt he will win many more to add to his burgeoning awards cabinet. Just stay clear of the PL Steve and all will go swimmingly.

    Also a big shout out to Mr Lansbury for finally being recognised as a sporting asset to the league and a great example to kids taking up the game. Bravo!

    Crazy world isn’t it? 😐

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Jack Root/Ian.
    Really cannot see the point of stating the obvious events during and after the match – then suggesting I did not know about these “events”.
    If you cannot evidence your contentions not much point in pursuing matters further.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas. 100 today.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Kirk Douglas -didn’t know that. Must be the last of the real Hollywood superstar actors.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    M T

    I thought he’d died years ago!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Lansbury -just cannot believe that he got that award.
    Whilst I know different “bodies” are involved -suggests to me no retrospective action against him by the FA. It is rewarding deception.
    Suggests also they’ll explain the Dummett incident as referee error “no goal scoring opportunity” and the Shelvey one as referee error again – “not violent conduct” -as he made no contact.
    Or in other words the ref should have awarded yellows.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Ron -same here – cracking actor though – Burt Lancaster another.

  • hibbit

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Mister Tuff
    it was bound to happen with Lansbury being such a good roll model

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit -just been reading the Forrest managers comments about the good role model stuff. I could understand him “bigging up” his players but after last weeks events his assessment about the role model stuff is a load of tosh.

  • hibbit

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Mister Tuff
    my roll model
    your role model

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    better still – a rolling model.

  • barkel

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    The only way to make sense of the player of the month is that it was awarded for performances in November and we played Forest in December.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Who would you want in the trenches with you ?
    It’s a good acid test of character.
    Kirk Douglas or Angela aka Lansbury ?

    Not difficult.
    Answered on a post card please to Nottingham Forest.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Lochinvar – Kirk Douglas in the trenches? Have you seen Paths of Glory?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #26

    The awards were for football in November.
    We played Forest in December.
    Doubt Angela will be winning for acting this month.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Tsunki – before my time but I’ll check it out !

  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Last film I saw Kirk Douglas in was that Saturn thingy with Farrah Fawcett I think and a jib…sorry .. Psychopathic robot. He was jumping about a bit in the nuddy at a fair age even then. Either that or his onesie needed a good ironing. At the time I would never have thought he’d outlive Farrah.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Just looking at fixtures – March looks like a hefty month, hopefully we will have a cushion by then. Last 8 games look pretty easy by comparison though. Just depends when the injuries / suspensions kick in.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Tuff –

    I assume you are aware the Lansbury award is based on November
    So – his recent antics will be excluded.

    hibbit – typos are the best when they present an alternative:
    “Lansbury being such a good roll model”


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