Newcastle fans expect too much…how long have we heard this claim from those outside our club.

In the coming days it looks like we will be appointing Steve McClaren as the next NUFC manager.

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When I have mentioned that I’m not happy with this appointment, what have I heard in return?  My expectations are too high!  Who do I expect? Klopp!?

No, I do not expect Klopp! No my expectation are not too high!  So what do I expect as a Newcastle fan?

I expect us to hire a manager who is qualified for the job, who has a history of success!  Not a manager who has been sacked from 5 of his 7 jobs.  I expect us to hire a manager whose recent record doesn’t involve failing at two Championship clubs and sacked by an Eredivisie side as well.

Our last 3 managerial appointments before McClaren are Chris Hughton (never managed before), Alan Pardew (previously sacked from a League One side) and John Carver (only full-time management role was in Canada!).

Now a man who hasn’t been able to get a job in the Premier League for 9 years!  Are my expectations too high?

I also expect this club to have the dignity not to go back to a man who refused the club twice this season already and who ruled us out completely until he was sacked by his own club.  I expect us to do more research into a manager than ‘Englishman available for free’.

Beyond that, I expect our options for a new manager to not be limited by having to keep the old coaching staff and being unable to bring in his own.  I expect us to not have potential managers with no previous experience turn us down because of our transfer policy.  I expect us to not turn down talented young managers because they are “too interested in art galleries”.

Steve McClaren hasn’t been confirmed as Newcastle United manager yet, but it looks a certainty.

It is an indictment on the club that this is all we can expect and damning evidence that Mike Ashley’s interview was as meaningless as we all really knew it would be.

Will I get behind McClaren next season?

I’m not sure. It is clear he doesn’t want to be here and preferred to stay at Derby County. Also, by getting behind him it is implicitly supporting the decision to hire him.

At the end of the day though, the disease is Ashley, just like Pardew the appointment of Steve McClaren is merely a symptom.

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