The stay of Steve McClaren at Newcastle United may have only lasted nine months but it felt like an awful lot longer.
Newcastle fans thought things were on the up when Alan Pardew eventually walked out in December 2014, only for it to then set in motion 15 even more chaotic months in the circus that is Newcastle United.
First of all the club stated they were searching the world for the best possible candidate, then appointed John Carver on an initial Head Coach contract until the end of the season.
The club making clear that whoever filled the role permanently, would no longer have the normal role of a ‘Manager’ but instead would have the lesser role of ‘Head Coach’, based around picking the team and taking training.
Predictably, the John Carver experiment was disastrous and almost relegated the club.
After United survived on the final day of the season, Newcastle then sacked John Carver and Steve Stone, with an equally disastrous appointment of Steve McClaren.
The worldwide search had ended in Yarm, thirty miles down the road, at the door of somebody who had only just been sacked for failing in the Championship.
Steve McClaren was given the title/role of Head Coach but in the crazy world of Newcastle United, was also named as one of the club’s board of directors.
Newcastle apparently trying to convince people that whilst he wasn’t a manager, Steve McClaren did allegedly have more authority than was first suspected.
Whether the so called Newcastle Board actually have any authority is open to question and the final days of Steve McClaren’s stay, saw the bizarre sight of directors Lee Charnley and Bobby Moncur very publicly travelling on a train to meet fellow direct Graham Carr in York, to allegedly discuss fellow director and Head Coach, Steve McClaren.
The farce was complete and showed surely in reality what a sham it was in terms of pretending that having Steve McClaren as a director was anything but a front, in terms of persuading fans/media that he held any significant power.
On Friday 11 March it was announced that Steve McClaren had been sacked as Head Coach and now in documents filed at Companies House (see below), it shows that club informed them yesterday (15 March) that Steve McClaren had also been formally removed as a director at Newcastle United on Friday.
The Companies House records show that the ‘Newcastle Board’ now only has three directors at the minute, with 71 year olds Bobby Moncur and Graham Carr, listed alongside 38 year old (yes, honestly!) Lee Charnley.
No sign yet of Rafa Benitez being named a director…