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Steve McClaren must prove doubters wrong

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Steve McClaren was appointed the new manager of Newcastle United in the summer, replacing the much-maligned John Carver. Whilst McClaren's CV may look OK on paper, in truth Newcastle are taking a much bigger risk than they realise.

Early career

Steve McClaren started his managerial career at Middlesbrough, in his first two seasons he steered them to 12th and 11th place finishes in Englands top division. The following year McClaren guided his side the League Cup glory and an 11th place finish.

The 2005-06 season proved to be a roller-coaster, terrible league form saw the club dragged into a relegation battle and results like the 7-0 thrashing at Arsenal and a 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa prompted one of the Boro supporters running onto the pitch and throwing his season ticket at McClaren in disgust.

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They eventually managed to secure a 14th place finish but incredibly, they reached the Uefa Cup final against Sevilla however subsequently lost 4-0.

McClaren was the most successful English manager of the early 21st century, however he was criticised by rival managers for having access to a "pot of gold" provided by chairman Steve Gibson, giving him an unfair advantage.

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Many fans also were critical of him for using boring tactics and earning Middlesbrough a reputation of being a dull side. Some even went as far as to claim that the club's success was down to the senior players that were already at the club rather than McClaren's managerial nous.

England

The York native replaced Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager. After a miserable qualifying campaign, the Three Lions failed to qualify for Euro 2008. It was the first time England would not be at the European Championships for 24 years.

McClaren proved a failure and was then sacked by the FA and chose to take a break from management.

Return to management

He returned the management in June 2008 with Dutch side FC Twente. He somewhat restored his tarnished reputation here by finishing second in his first season and then leading his side the the title the following year. Despite finding success at Twente, he left the club in May 2010 in order to take the helm at Wolfsburg

From job to job

Three defeats in their first three games saw Wolfsburg bottom of the table. Poor results continued and McClaren was eventually sacked in February 2011.

After this, McClaren took the reigns at Nottingham Forest but with only eight points from their opening 10 games, he resigned.

He then took over Championship club Derby. The Rams had one of the strongest squads in the league but McClaren failed to get them promoted from two attempts.

After three failures in a row, Mike Ashley somehow saw fit to appoint McClaren Newcastle United manager. The former England manager is now in a job his record suggests he doesn't deserve and its also a job that he can't possibly fail.

Newcastle have a squad well capable of finishing in the top 10 plus all the money they've spent on transfers. Last season's misery of only surviving relegation by four points is surely going to be improved on, no matter who the manager is.

Opinion 

McClaren did well in one season at Middlesbrough 11 years ago and has been living of that ever since. He failed with England, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby. He had success at Twente but failed their aswell during his second tenure therefore suggesting he shouldn't be at the top level of management.

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