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Former Dreadful Manager Could Be Wrong Again About Newcastle

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Former manager Steve McClaren, the one who got us relegated in the 2015-2016 season, his first and last season as Newcastle manager,  believes Steve Bruce is in the ‘driving seat’ to sell a “vision” to the new owners of Newcastle United.

Amanda Staveley has her own vision for a new Newcastle, and Rafa Benitez had a blueprint on how he could take Newcastle back into the top six in the Premier League, but Mike Ashley was not convinced.

That was never a priority for our current owner.

McClaren hardly has any credibility with Newcastle fans, and it’s almost certain that Amanda Staveley will bring in a new manager to run the new Newcastle.

That’s unfortunate for Steve Bruce, who’s done well this season, but Amanda will want a proven top coach guiding Newcastle for next season.

That’s not Steve Bruce, and that’s unfortunate for him.

Lee Charnley’s appointment of Steve McClaren in June 2015 came after caretaker manager John Carver almost had us almost relegated the previous season.

We beat West Ham in that last game at St. James’ Park in May, 2016, to save us after a terrible run of defeats at the worst possible time came late in the season, when we couldn’t buy a win, until that very last game.

And what did Charnely do that summer – he turned to McClaren – the perfect coach for Newcastle in his own words, who had just been fired by Derby County.

That’s the old vision of Newcastle – mediocrity or less will do.

That’s nowhere near being accurate with the new owners.

Here’s some of what McClaren (shown above in a typical pose) has said on talkSPORT (as reported in the Chronicle) today about Bruce – who’s a better manager than Steve:

“He’s done a good job. He’s stabilized them.”

“He’s got them playing a system which is not attractive but has got them results with limited resources.”

“He’s in the driving seat to say right, put me in front of these new owners and I’m going to sell a dream and a vision for this football club for the next five years.”

“This is what’s been going on, this is what I’ve seen can improve. These are the players that can improve us, what budget have we got?”

“He’s in the driving seat and I would say what a fantastic opportunity Steve Bruce has got now.”

“Ginola, Asprilla – that’s the kind of football team that they want, and they haven’t had it for years and years because of budget resources not being there.

“If they’ve got the budget – wow, what that club can do. It must be exciting and Steve must be looking forward to it.”

Steve McClaren has been fired from each of his last seven management jobs, but he keeps going back for more when it’s obvious he just doesn’t have the character or temperament to be a successful manager.

He is an outstanding coach by all accounts, but it looks like he doesn’t want to do that anymore, but be the top man at a club as the manager.

But he’s put himself through the wringer more than a few times, including as Newcastle.

That’s got to be painful, but to his credit, he’s gone through hell and high water – but with little or no success.

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