After an abysmal start to life as Newcastle United manager, Steve McClaren is a man already under huge pressure despite only joining the club in the summer. With such huge expectations amongst the Newcastle faithful, and after spending a whopping amount of money in the summer, it seems as if the former Middlesbrough manager has a fight on his hands to keep his job albeit after only six league games.
The midweek Capital One Cup loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday hasn’t done much to relieve the pressure and McClaren admitted after that game;
“Without doubt it is a harder job than I thought.”
After nine years out of the Premier League game since his last role with Middlesbrough, the Newcastle job was supposed to be a chance for McClaren to seek redemption in the English game and to restore his reputation after a disappointing spell as England manager.
Since being sacked from the national team, McClaren has forged a successful career abroad by winning a championship with FC Twente in Holland and also going on to manage German team Wolfsburg. With his recent successes in mind and after a job well done at Derby County, Newcastle fans were optimistic that McClaren was the right man to lead them forward, especially after spending close to £50 million in the summer.
However, despite the initial optimism, early season performances have been well below par with The Magpie’s finding themselves in the relegation zone. After the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, McClaren himself admitted that Newcastle are “close to crisis”, and so is McClaren himself.
With only six games of the Premier League season gone, and after spending such a vast amount of money on new signings, it would be hard to believe that the new manager is in any imminent danger of losing his job. But with successive games to come against Chelsea and Manchester City, and increasing pressure building from the fans, it is certain that Steve McClaren will have to turn some sort of miracle if he is to keep his job beyond Christmas.