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Claims of Steve McClaren sacking are wide of the mark

6 years ago

Amongst those who are claiming Steve McClaren will be sacked if results don’t improve, is Mick Quinn.

The former Newcastle number nine believes that if United don’t start winning games in what look ‘easier’ upcoming matches, then Steve McClaren will get the bullet.

Quinn says that Mike Ashley won’t allow this to continue and the owner is bound to pull the trigger if the next two or three results ‘continue to be woeful’, but is that really the case?

Here is part of what Mick Quinn wrote in the Chronicle:

‘Mike Ashley will not allow this horror show at Newcastle United to go on for much longer.

Not only are the Magpies bottom of the table with just three points from eight games – which in itself is embarrassing – they are capitulating far too easily and they just cannot see out games.

In fact, I think Steve McClaren is hurtling towards the sack at the moment. If he does not get a result from the next two or three games against Norwich City, Sunderland and Stoke City – all of which should, in theory, be winnable – then I think Mike Ashley will press that big red button and sack him.

….He will not hesitate – Ashley’s finger is resting on the trigger and he will pull it back and fire McClaren if the next two or three results continue to be woeful.’

In pretty much every other club, what Mick Quinn suggest, is what would almost certainly happen.

Newcastle though is not like every other club under Mike Ashley.

Whether the Manager/Head Coach is actually any good at managing/coaching is only one small part of any appointment, other much more important factors are at play.

The only manager who has been sacked by Mike Ashley for been hopeless at managing is Sam Allardyce, but he has never repeated that ‘mistake’ since (I don’t count John Carver as for even Ashley he was just a stop gap and not permanent appointment).

Since Allardyce, Mike Ashley has shown what he is about.

He was happy for Kevin Keegan to be undermined and forced out because KK made clear he was unhappy with the farcical way the club operated.

Joe Kinnear was the outsider brought in because he was a mate of Ashley’s who would do as he was told without any complaints, only being rushed to hospital with serious health problems removed him from the job.

Chris Hughton became the next permanent appointment and after walking the Championship and achieving mid-table in the Premier League, he got the sack because Mike Ashley found he couldn’t pull his strings and there were problems ahead in terms of how he wanted things done.

In came Alan Pardew who had recently been sacked from League One, an Ashley puppet of the first order who followed his instructions to the letter and proved unsackable just so long as he followed the plan.

Which brings us to Steve McClaren.

Sacked by a Championship club after his latest failure (Derby, Forest, Wolfsburg, FC Twente second time around), just how lucky was he to walk into a prime Premier League job…?

No say on transfers, no say on which players leave, don’t rock the boat in interviews, say all the right  things about how great the team is despite near relegation (remember him raving about that final day of the season performance against West Ham as proof of the real ability of the players he inherited?).

Mike Ashley won’t sack Steve McClaren. Why should he, he doesn’t see ability to manage/coach the team as the key ability needed.

Proving you are a fully signed up member of ‘Team Ashley’ is what it is all about.

Only if Steve McClaren starts rocking that particular boat will Mike Ashley get the hatchet out.

If there is to be change then either Steve McClaren will walk, or he (McClaren) will force the owner’s hand if he wants out, by opening up about the failings in how the club is run.

Mike Ashley will not sack Steve McClaren because of a ‘few’ bad results, end of story.

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