Newcastle are in the hunt for a new boss and it looks like they've found their man, but they have chosen wrong.
It's been no secret to the British public that Newcastle are trying to get Steve McClaren in as the new manager/head coach, but why? What does he have to offer? He is a 'yes' man and will act as a perfect puppet for the Newcastle hierarchy.
McClaren is a mid table specialist with zero ambition and not a lot of management skills. He's just been sacked by a Championship team, if he cannot even succeed in the Championship then why does that qualify him for a Premier League job? It surely doesn't.
McClaren led a very strong Derby County side to a seventh placed finish in last seasons Championship. A team with the quality of that Derby side should have been qualifying for the Playoffs at very least.
If I was a Derby fan I would be wondering how they weren't up their in the race for automatic promotion for the entire season. I thought the Derby squad was probably the strongest squad in the League on paper, but McClaren couldn't even get them into the playoffs.
McClaren's track record
That isn't good enough and certainly doesn't make him worthy of a job in the Premier League, let alone a job at a club like Newcastle.
Of course McClaren is most famous for his monumental failure as the boss of the England national team. He and the team didn't even qualify for the European Championships. It shouldn't even be difficult to qualify for those championships as it's only European teams and we're supposed to be the third or fourth best national team in Europe.
So the reason we didn't qualify surely comes down to one man and one man only, 'the wolly with a brolly' as he became known in the UK. This failure prompted the end of his reign as the England team boss and also helped him on his way to the Dutch Eridivisie and FC Twente.
There was little bit of speculation as to whether or not he would become the new Twente manager with both the club and McClaren saying that neither had any intention of making him the new manager at Twente.
Eventually though, he did become the Twente manager. In the 2009/10 season, McClaren took Twente all the way in the Eridivisie to win the title with a win percentage of 63%, proving once and for all that the Dutch league isn't very good.
After a few years at Twente, he left to become the Wolfsburg manager. He failed. Then he became the Nottingham Forest manager and failed again. He had a win percentage of just 29%.
This to me shows that he is not cut out for the English leagues. He then returned to Twente until September 2013 when he became the new boss at Derby County, the job he has just been sacked from.
When it comes to Premier League experience, he managed Boro for five years keeping them at mid-table for the whole period. Granted he did win the League Cup during that stint but mid-table obscurity just won't do at Newcastle. They won't have it.
If they aren't challenging for Europe each season then there is something wrong at the club in the fans' eyes. They just want to see some ambition and have a team that try to do the best they can, they haven't had that for a while now and I don't think McClaren is the man to bring that to them.
In fact, he isn't. Newcastle need to nip this in the bud and look elsewhere for the safety of their season next year, but they won't. We all know they won't. They'll get McClaren in and have the exact same scenario they had with Pardew.
They just move sideways all of the time, there is no progression at this club and I can't see this changing. They need to change their ways, and they need to do it now.
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