Newcastle Appoint Steve McClarenby Jack Kitson / 10 June 2015, 19:11Tweet
Newcastle United have finally announced the appointment of Steve McClaren as their new head coach at St James' Park. The former England boss, who was sacked by Derby in May, replaces interim manager John Carver at the Magpies helm after putting pen to paper and signing a three-year contract, which could be extended to a whopping eight-years.
Steve McClaren Win Rates
- Middlesbrough: 39%
- England: 50%
- FC Twente: 63%
- Wolfsburg: 29%
- Nottingham Forest: 23%
- FC Twente (second spell): 48%
- Derby: 54%
Newcastle twice tried to prize McClaren away from Derby last term, but were unsuccessful on both occasions. The Rams fell out of the Championship play-off zone on the final day of the season, sacking McClaren as a result, which opened up the way for the 54-year-old to take charge of the Toon. However, Patrick Vieira emerged as the surprise new favourite for the job, however talks broke down between the parties, leaving McClaren as the red-hot frontrunner once again.
McClaren, who returns to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, will be tasked with re-building Newcastle following a rotten end to the 2014/15 season. The Toon suffered a shocking second-half of the campaign under Carver, picking up just one point from 10 games from early March to mid-May. As a result the club headed into the final day of the season with their top-light status on the line, however they pulled together and conjured up a 2-0 win over West Ham, which meant they avoided the dreaded drop.
McClaren may still be plagued by his failure at England, however his hands-on coaching ability can't be questioned, and it's something that he will need to use to full effect on Tyneside. The former Middlesbrough ghas already targeted a top-8 finish, while he also expects his troops to challenge for trophies next term.