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Steve McClaren says Sir Bobby Robson told him to take the Newcastle United job

2 years ago

On 10 June 2015, John Carver was sacked after a disastrous spell as Newcastle United boss and replaced by Steve McClaren.

The former England manager had just been sacked by Championship club Derby County and yet was amazingly appointed by Mike Ashley.

The NUFC owner making clear that the model was for Steve McClaren to be only a Head Coach with no say on transfers in and out, limited to training and selecting the team.

A chaotic ownership model which directly led to relegation only 10 or 11 months after McClaren was appointed.

Mike Ashley and associates insisting on a policy of bringing in young players from overseas who had never played in the Premier League before, in the hope they would succeed and increase in value.

The net result instead was instant relegation.

Steve McClaren only managed 28 Premier League games with a meagre six wins, with only two of those in his final four months.

Mike Ashley leaving it far too late to sack Steve McClaren, meaning Rafa Benitez had an all but impossible job to keep Newcastle up in the final 10 games.

Steve McClaren has been talking to Eamonn Holmes on his new Heineken podcast ‘A Pint with Eamonn and the Gaffers’ and relates what his last ever conversation with Sir Bobby Robson was.

McClaren saying that the Geordie Knight told him to take the Newcastle job if he was ever offered it:

“I remember going round Bobby Robson’s house, god rest his soul, fantastic man.

“(He) Said to me, his last words as I left the door were ‘if you ever get the chance to manage Newcastle, manage Newcastle.

“Because it is a big, big club and if anyone gets it right, they will be king there.”

Newcastle United of course now have Steve Bruce, with Mike Ashley reverting back to his preferred model of appointing a head coach from the lower divisions with no say on transfers.

When managers/head coaches are simply handed new signings instead of choosing them personally it then comes down to the quality of judgement of whoever is making the decision, both whether the signings are good players and whether they are what the team actually need.

It is completely unclear as to who is having the final say now that Mike Ashley got rid of Rafa Benitez.

Very mixed reviews on the five summer signings so far and only at the end of the season will we have a proper idea of how it has all worked out.


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