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Steve McClaren “Unfortunately, I was the right man at the wrong time at Newcastle United”

6 years ago

Be very worried, Steve McClaren has now declared that his ambition in the future is to be ‘running my own club’ rather than mismanaging one.

The former Newcastle Head Coach has enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University on a two year part-time course in order to gain a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship.

He says that he wants to still manage for a few years yet but then move on to be a chief executive or running his own club.

With a dismal record going back a number of jobs in football management, Steve McClaren still finds it hard to admit responsibility.

Reflecting on his last botched job, McClaren claims that he was the ‘right man’ for Newcastle United, the only problem being that it was the ‘wrong time’.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide when a right time would have been.

Steve McClaren talking to BBC Sport, ‘the right man…’:

“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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