Schteve McClaren was an unremarkable player, didn’t really ‘set the world on fire’ as a player, but then most of the big successful Managers had an unremarkable playing past; Wenger, Ferguson, Mourinho all had average playing careers (perhaps SBR is the exception!?).

Has won honours while managing club sides… Middlesbrough, FC Twente (His mock Dutch accent in Holland was hilarious! Look it up on YouTube).

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McClaren was assistant coach with Alex Ferguson, (we know we perhaps shouldn’t lean on this too much – See JC and SBR) Man U won the treble that year, and Schteve was destined for big things from early in his managerial career.


When Schteve was at Middlesbrough, he won the League Cup in 2004. He also got them to the FA cup Semis (which is a trip to Wembley nowadays!) and the UEFA Cup final, don’t forget that this is Middlesbrough we are talking about…


Then the England Job. Was he hounded out by the British media ‘The wally with the brolly’ incident? I think personally he was pushed out (unfairly) before he could make any major changes to the national side, 16 months is no time to sculpt a national side. Yes we (England) failed to qualify because of ‘That Game’, but England were at that time woeful long before Schteve took over, I honestly think he was treated unfairly in the national seat.


FC Twente – won the league in Holland, despite being hunted down by Ajax (Martin Jol at the time) all season. There aren’t many English managers who have ever won anything abroad, some say players were already there, but as we have seen this past year, same players can be like a different squad depending on the manager!

So then some obscurity, Derby, etc. and onto us seemingly. Looking like officially unveiled this week, the worst kept secret in football – Schteve will become our new manager, probably Wednesday-ish…

I for one welcome the man, a Proven English manager, who has won title/cups.

Has experience of the European ‘Head Coach’ role, lives in the North-East already (Yarm)and if we can have any of the success he has had on his travels, (and I think with the right leadership there is no reason why not) then he will be elevated to the level of a demi-god on Tyneside, but he will need time.

Will NUFC or we (fans) provide that breathing space? I hope so; any manager ideally needs to hit the ground running, a better season than the one just gone wouldn’t be too hard, do better than just scraping through the relegation fight…

I am sure his remit will be the same as Pardew, top ten finish initially, but as long as he shows progress, I think he should be fine.

So, Welcome to Tyneside Schteve McClaren, let’s hope your managerial style of open attacking football suits the fans….and the Club.

I personally would love him to help NUFC win something and I cannot wait to hear his mock Geordie accent ‘like Hinny ye Knaa’.

Out of interest, who was your favourite manager and why? (Please choose for their managerial ability and not just SBR ‘cause everyone loves him, If he was your favourite Manager then great, but not just for sentimental reasons…).

So will Schteve win us anything as manager, or will he just be another page in the history of mediocrity we have all become accustomed to?

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