Steve McClaren has given his latest interview on Thursday, talking about Newcastle United.
Still out of work after his sacking by Mike Ashley, you do really have to wonder whether McClaren is still in the pay of the Newcastle owner, or is he just really thick?
Steve McClaren talks of a ‘magnificent stadium’ and big crowds, which are just basic facts.
However, he then goes on to claim that at Newcastle United, ‘the business side is second to none’.
Steve McClaren adding that Mike Ashley ‘has really got Newcastle on a firm footing’, thanks to what ‘he has done over the last seven or eight years’.
The accounts have shown a profit in recent seasons only because of the huge increase in TV money, combined with a failure to use that money to strengthen the squad in many areas. Plus don’t forget the debt of some £130m that Mike Ashley has placed against the club.
The real story of Newcastle United is that under Mike Ashley, the club is now making less money from matchday revenue and commercial revenue than it did nine years ago before Ashley came in.
Whilst all of the club’s competitors have increased their revenues, Mike Ashley has turned over almost all of the advertising to his own retail empire for nothing and failed to take advantage of the worldwide appeal of Premier League clubs.
McClaren says Newcastle ‘are making profit after profit each year’ but those figures covered a multitude of sins, the failure to properly invest in players leading to a second relegation in seven years, which then prompted panic buying in the last 12 months that didn’t come close to addressing the problems at the club.
Steve McClaren says that the ‘football side’ of Newcastle United ‘needs to be taken care of’ and nobody would disagree with that after the mess the likes of he, Carver, Carr, Pardew and Charnley have managed to bring about.
However, it is the whole club that needs gutting, on and off the pitch, if the club is to really reach its potential.
Steve McClaren talking to Sky Sports:
“Newcastle is a great club and can be great again.
“Fantastic facilities, magnificent stadium, fifty two thousand fans….and the business side of the club is second to none – what Mike Ashley has done over the last seven or eight years, he has really got Newcastle on a firm footing. So that financially they are making profit after profit each year.
“I think the side that needs developing, and I think with the announcement of Rafa taking over…the football side needs to be taken care of.
“It’s changing, it needs dictating to, I think Rafa has gone in and got total control: of the media, over staff and over recruitment, which are the three most important areas that you need in a football club as a manager.
“I hope they will allow Rafa total control of the football side of this club, to go forward and hopefully get out of the Championship.”