When Steve McClaren landed the Newcastle job, the majority of fans had two thoughts.
Firstly, he wouldn’t have been their first choice.
Secondly, taking into consideration the way Mike Ashley runs the club, he was about as good as we could have expected.
With the last appointment (discounting John Carver) having got the job after being sacked by a third tier club, landing somebody who had just been sacked by a second tier club could have been presented as progress…
Maybe a third position that we are all reaching now, far too quickly, is that if things don’t suddenly improve – what is the point in sacking Steve McClaren as the ongoing problem at the club is Mike Ashley, whilst which credible manager would honestly take the job anyway?
Here is Steve McClaren’s managerial career (so far), the number of games played under him, the number of wins, the win percentage ratio and the time period he spent at each club:
Middlesbrough P250 W97 (39%) 2001-2006
Nottingham Forest P13 W3 (23%) 2011-2011
England P18 W9 (50%) 2006-2007
FC Twente (1st time) P101 W64 (63%) 2008-2010
Wolfsburg P24 W7 (29%) 2010-2011
FC Twente (2nd time) P64 W31 (48%) 2012-2013
Derby County P94 W51 (54%) 2013-2015
Newcastle – P8 W1 (12%) 2015…..
With the exception of Middlesbrough where he was bankrolled by Steve Gibson, you will notice that Steve McClaren has never last more than two seasons in a job.
In fact, in four of the other six he has only lasted a year.
McClaren resigned at both Forest and FC Twente (second spell), suggesting he isn’t one for sticking around if he feels things aren’t working out.
Mike Ashley showed with Alan Pardew that he would stick by a manager through pretty much anything, if the person in the job did as he was told and didn’t make waves or complain about the crazy way the club is run.
However, I don’t see Steve McClaren following this route.
Alan Pardew, for whatever reasons, just hung on for grim life.
I think the current Head Coach has more self-respect than that.
As for his tipping point? With Chelsea, Manchester City and Sunderland in three of the next four games, we could be about to find out.