Steve McClaren has had his say after the final curtain came down on a disastrous nine months in charge at Newcastle United.
Despite fighting a relegation battle for the entire season and winning only six of 28 Premier League matches, as well as dismal early cup exits, the only positives we ever got from Steve McClaren were in his unbelievably distorted views in press conferences and interviews before and after matches.
Newcastle fans could see not a single bit of improvement since his arrival and with only two wins in the last 13 ‘competitive’ games, it was getting worse if anything.
Despite this, with every extra defeat Steve McClaren would invariably claim that a combination of bad luck, bad decisions from the officials and the missing of sometimes the only chance United created in a game, as being things that meant an unlucky loss was visited upon him.
Even a 6-0 friendly defeat to Sunderland with many first team squad players involved, saw Steve McClaren claim he’d taken ‘positives’ from it.
After having been sacked in advance of the arrival of Rafa Benitez, Steve McClaren has now had his say via a statement released by the LMA (League Managers Association).
Continuing to talk a good game despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Steve McClaren claims that he would have kept Newcastle up AND the built the club from there.
“I am obviously very disappointed with the decision.
“I appreciate any frustrations relating to the team’s results and the club subsequently finding itself in a battle to avoid relegation.
“I remain confident, however, that we would have stayed in the Premier League with a view to building for next season.
“Whilst there has been a lot of intense speculation surrounding my position over recent days, my sole priority has been to maintain my professionalism and carry on with my work to best prepare the team.
“I would like to place on record what a privilege it has been to manage Newcastle United. It is a great a club – the embodiment of the city, with incredible supporters.
“I’d also like to thank Mike Ashley and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage the club, and the staff and players for their loyalty and efforts.
“For every supporter of Newcastle United, I genuinely hope the club can produce the results I believe they are capable of, between now and the end of the season, to maintain their Premier League status.”