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What Derby fans had to say last year about Steve McClaren joining Newcastle United…

5 years ago

Derby fans have had an interesting time in the past year.

Waving goodbye to Steve McClaren on 25 May 2015, not many would have expected that little more than a year later they’d have gone through another two managers in Paul Clement and Nigel Pearson, only to then appoint the person they sacked in May 2015 for failing…

Like all football supporters when a new manager is appointed, the Derby fans will be trying to put it in as much of a positive light as possible.

Although from the outside, the task of selling Steve McClaren to fans of the Rams, looks on a par with getting Arabs to buy sand or Eskimos to shell out for ice cubes.

Interesting to look back and see what Derby fans had to say back in May 2015 when Steve McClaren looked set to make Newcastle United his next club.

These comments below are what we published back on 2 May 2015 after Derby lost 3-0 at home to Reading on the final day of the Championship season, dramatically dropping out of the play-offs in the 46th match of the campaign.

We scoured Twitter and the Derby County fans message board to bring you them.

Steve McClaren was eventually sacked on 25 May 2015 and then appointed by Newcastle on 10 June 2015.

Comments from Derby fans on Steve McClaren joining Newcastle 2 May 2015:

The Ram Wagon

“It’s not the form, it’s not the bad defending, it’s the barefaced lies and lack of loyalty that have destroyed my faith in McClaren.”


“After John Carver’s outburst at his dismissed players today, I’m surprised that forums and media columns aren’t at bursting point declaring that Carver must step aside at Newcastle for Mac to get up to St James Park urgently, in a last-ditch bid to secure a couple of points from Toon’s last three games! 

I would love it, love it, if they got relegated.”

Posh Ram

“Take the £2m the stupid Geordies have already offered.”

Cheltenham Ram

“I like Steve but he’s done tonnes of stuff weirdly when the going got tough and that’s the true test of a leader. It’s easy sitting up in the stands when you’re drilling everything put in front of you.

Wouldn’t be pleased as a toon fan if he goes.”

James Igoe

“Spent most of last 3 months wondering what McClaren sees in Newcastle. Now I wonder what they see in him. Achieved nothing so far.”

Bridgford Ram

I’d happily drive him to Newcastle now and then keep my fingers crossed that they get relegated.”


“That said, I wouldn’t be upset if he went Newcastle at this point, especially as failing to deny it has had a huge effect on the morale of the fans at least and potentially the squad too.”

Declan New

“We started going downhill when all these Mclaren Newcastle rumours started. If he wants to go. Let him. I’d be more than happy.”


“I know his record since coming in has been extremely good and some of the football we’ve had the pleasure of watching (even this season) has been great but Schteve has completely balls-ed up this Newcastle situation.  Even if he wants the job he should’ve denied it until they came in with an offer to keep everyone onside.”

Theo Cummins

“If McClaren is going, get him gone ASAP. What a time to not show any fight. Awful.”


“McClaren has done a poor job simple. Taken the club backwards in regards of team spirit and work ethic. Too many mercenaries. Sack him.”

Bridgford Ram

“Even in his interview after today’s game he could not bring himself to say he wasn’t going to leave for Newcastle.  He has derailed a season that had us top 2 months ago.  I really am fuming with him at the moment.

Karl Cook

“If NUFC still actually want McClaren, he’s all theirs!!”


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