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Just when Leeds fans think it can’t get any worse, Steve McClaren appears…

5 years ago

Steve McClaren declared on Tuesday that he was looking forward to ‘running my own club’ in the future.

This was after it being revealed that the former Newcastle disaster appointment had just enrolled on a two year part-time course at Manchester Metropolitan University in order to gain a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship.

However, Steve McClaren also said that he still had a ‘few years left’ in team club management in the meantime and was just waiting for the right offer..

This has got Leeds United fans terrified, as if they haven’t been through enough they had the pleasure of McClaren’s company at Elland Road last night.

Leeds scrambled a 2-1 win over rock bottom Blackburn but despite this, The Times report that their information is that the Yorkshire club’s mental owner, Massimo Cellino, is now thinking about giving Steve McClaren the job.

The Times say that during only the second game of this season Cellino had decided to sack Garry Monk, only to be persuaded to give him a little longer.

The Italian has a quite amazing record in his treatment of managers, having had (currently!) 44 different ones over 24 years of club ownership in both Italy and England.

At Leeds United, the past 28 months have seen seven different managers in place – Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler, Steve Evans and Garry Monk.

The way Massimo Cellino runs football clubs makes even Mike Ashley look almost boring/sensible and clued up.

In his very deluded world, Steve McClaren claimed on Tuesday that he was perfect for the Newcastle job but it had just been bad timing.

Interestingly, he  also went on to praise Rafa Benitez, especially because he had gone into St James Park and demanded control.

Any new manager going into Leeds United would know that they were leaving all dignity and control at the door, with only the most desperate considering taking up a role under Cellino.

Is Steve McClaren the type of person to be so lacking to actually take the Leeds job if offered it?

I think we all know the answer to this one…

Steve McClaren talking to BBC Sport on Tuesday 13 September:

“Run correctly and rightly, as a football club it (Newcastle United) will thrive.

“Unfortunately, I was the right man at the wrong time at Newcastle United.

What Rafa has done is gone in and gained control. It needed a big change.

“He has bought players with Championship experience, leaders in the dressing room, which was something that was badly needed.”

Steve McClaren on his own future:

“The next step in the future will be as a chief executive or sporting director, or even running my own club.

“To do that I had to acquire different skills and go back to school. It’s probably old age. I always wanted to coach and manage. I know that won’t last forever.

“I still have a few years left in me yet on the field (as a Manager).

“I have had offers from abroad, but nothing that appeals. I don’t want to go to China. I feel I have something to offer here. If not here, then in Europe.”


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