Former Newcastle right-back Daryl Janmaat has talked about the former Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.
McClaren had excellent credentials as a coach and worked with Sven Ericksson on coaching the England team when the Swede was the manager of England.
He has also worked with Alex Ferguson in the 1990s at Manchester United when they won the Champions League in 1999.
The Red Devils won by scoring two goals in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 after the German side had gone ahead in the 6th minute.
Steve McClaren was well respected by the England players such as Michael Owen as an excellent coach.
But when he was appointed as “head coach” at Newcastle we didn’t see much success at all when we looked back on his previous management career in football.
A little bit of success with Middlesbrough but he had been an absolute disaster as the England manager when the job seemed to be too much for him.
Daryl Janmaat in action for Watford
Lee Charnley (it wasn’t Mike Ashley) appointed McClaren in the summer of 2015 and he knew he was a good coach, so maybe Lee thought if he appointed him as “Head Coach” then all would be well?
It wasn’t, and it took 9 games before we won our first league game and that was after we had spent some big money, for a change, in that summer transfer window.
We brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Gini Wijnaldum, and Florian Thauvin.
This is what Daryl has said about McClaren talking to Dutch outlet AD:
“He is a great guy, a good coach on the pitch, but as a manager, there were a lot of things missing.”
“He could have been louder, and more able to make his mark on certain things.”
“He is an excellent coach on the pitch, who happens to be a manager.”
“You need 40 points to stay in the Premier League. Such a great start, of course (for Watford), makes a difference.”
“We must enjoy this. It is going incredibly well. And certainly, at home, we can beat everyone.”
It takes more than just football know how to be a good manager – you have to have confidence, leadership, a strong character, and be a good man-manager amongst other things.
And the number of times we saw Steve holding his head in his hands on the touchline – why did he keep doing that?
Just think if you were a player and looked across to see your coach holding his head in his hands.
Would that inspire you?
I’m not sure what that is but it’s certainly not leadership.
Watford have surprisingly made a 100% start to their league program over the first four games under manager Javi Gracia.
So they have 28 points to get in their remaining 34 games to be safe.
Newcastle need 39 points to be safe.