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Jurgen Klopp & Steve McClaren: Two managers and two clubs with differing ambitions

6 years ago

It might have been a long five years for Jurgen Klopp but you can guarantee it has been much longer for Steve McClaren.

It is now almost five years since Wolfsburg played Borussia Dortmund in a vital game for both managers.

Dortmund came away with a 3-0 win and went on to win the Bundesliga.

While within days of that defeat, Steve McClaren was sacked by Wolfsburg after only 24 matches.

The charismatic Jurgen Klopp did a remarkable job with Borussia Dortmund, with these last five years featuring:

2010/11 Lifted Bundesliga title.

2011 Manager of the year in Germany.

2011/12 Lifted Bundesliga title again, with record number (up to that time) of points.

2012 Manager of the year in Germany again.

2011/12 Won the German Cup.

2012/13 Runners-up in Champions League final, the better team but undone by Bayern Munich in the last minute.

2013 Finished 2nd in FIFA Coach of the year.

As for Steve McClaren since that January 2011 3-0 defeat by Dortmund:

2011 Sacked by Wolfsburg

2011 Resigned from Championship side Nottingham Forest after a disastrous and brief 13 match stay.

2013 Resigned from FC Twente after failing on his return to the club.

2015 Sacked by Championship club Derby County.

I wonder which one of the two Newcastle United ended up with….?!!

You have already seen the impact that bringing in a quality ambitious manager can do, whilst we are left with the clueless Steve McClaren and his terrible patter.

Yes we all know the biggest problem is Ashley but then it doesn’t exactly help to have clowns like Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren working under him.

How difficult would it be for Mike Ashley go out and say to a decent manager…here is the Newcastle job to do with as you see fit and we will back you with £XXm for each of the next three years to turn this club around and make it successful, with you having total control over all signings in an out?

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