Stan Collymore has named the manager who he thinks should replace Steve McClaren at Newcastle United.
The player turned pundit doesn’t necessarily blame McClaren for the shambles of a season but thinks he will go if Newcastle lose to Liverpool and Spur in the next two matches.
Collymore says that if he was a Newcastle fan he’d want the club to go for Nigel Pearson, out of a job since being sacked by Leicester following a series of incidents of over the top behaviour and conflict with fans, as well as his son and other young players being sacked by the club whilst under his watch.
Pearson was actually at Newcastle almost ten years ago, appointed as assistant to Glenn Roeder and then remaining at the club under Sam Allardyce in a coaching role.
It was only once Kevin Keegan took over, that Pearson eventually left the club.
Not sure if Nigel Pearson’s confrontational and outspoken style would suit Mike Ashley…but another of Stan Collymore’s suggestions would surely strike fear into any Newcastle supporter.
Collymore says that Neil Warnock has a track record of going into difficult situations and sorting dressing rooms out.
This would be the kind of nightmare appointment that sounds along the lines of Joe Kinnear, then when you consider what a bad job Warnock did at Crystal Palace with a talented group of players who have done so well for Alan Pardew.
As Stan Collymore also says though, whilst Mike Ashley is in control there isn’t any hope of longlasting improvement, no matter who he brings in as manager/head coach.
Stan Collymore speaking to The Mirror:
‘I don’t like to see managers getting the sack but Steve McClaren is the wrong man at the wrong club at the wrong time.
And if I was a Newcastle fan then former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson would be the out of work manager I’d be hoping my club would turn to in the next couple of weeks if things didn’t improve.
The Magpies have a semblance of a decent squad and in Daryl Janmaat, Georginio Wijnaldum and, if he can find a little more consistency, Ayoze Perez, they have some good individuals.
But I’ve commentated a lot from St James’ Park and the atmosphere at the club is so poisonous you feel you are only five minutes or one mistake from catastrophe at any time.
I don’t blame McClaren for that, but if the Toon lose two more – and with Liverpool on Sunday and Tottenham up next in the Premier League there is every chance – then he’s the man who will carry the can because the club needs to do something before they are cut adrift.
Neil Warnock has been hired by clubs in this sort of situation many times and he always said that in the first session he’d get everyone to pad up and have a full-blooded battle.
He’d be looking to see who was getting stuck into challenges and who wasn’t, who was a bit cold and wearing gloves. Basically, who wanted it and who didn’t.
In this situation you need someone to find out who the bad eggs are, find out who can’t deal with playing in front of 52,000 fans, get them out, bang the rest of the heads together, and keep the club up. And Pearson, who left no stone unturned in his second spell at Leicester, fits that bill.
Newcastle is a toxic club and unless McClaren gets a fast reaction then things simply have to change.
Someone needs to come in and breathe fresh life. It needs one voice, one direction.
Unfortunately for Newcastle, while owner Mike Ashley is there I just don’t think that will happen.’