Who should replace Steve McClaren?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 7, 2016
With Steve McClaren being pushed towards the exit door at St James’ Park we look at the men who could take over the reigns at the North-East club. Newcastle’s recent 2-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth at home was the last straw for all associated with Newcastle United. Fan’s and media alike are all calling for the Newcastle boss to resign or be sacked by the board as it becomes clearer and clearer that his position is untenable.
The bookmakers currently have Nigel Pearson, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez as the four front runners for the Newcastle job should Steve McClaren be shown the door.
Nigel’s previous role was as Leicester City boss before the appointment of Claudio Ranieri in the summer of 2015. Pearson had been in charge for 4 years at the King Power Stadium. He became champions of the Championship with Leicester in the 2013/2014 season. He then led Leicester City to safety in the Premier League the following season finishing 14th in the League. It is fair to say that Nigel did a great job at Leicester City, helping them secure Premier League status for a second season. Nigel Pearson will probably try to claim a lot of the plaudits for how Leicester City have performed this season, and after being the man responsible for signing Riyad Mahrez and the magnificent Jamie Vardy. Both of whom have been a key part of Leicester City’s title push. It could be argued that Nigel Pearson could have done the same with Leicester City as Claudio Ranieri has, however, we will never know. He certainly has experience, and with a 46.7% win percentage with Leicester City over the course of 4 years, his record is impressive.
Currently, the bookmakers favourite to succeed McClaren, Moyes has been without a job since being sacked as manager of Real Sociedad in November 2015 following a poor run of results at the Spanish side. David Moyes has struggled since he left Everton for Manchester United in 2013. To his defence, he didn’t have much time at all to create any kind of form or consistency at Manchester United. As they were expecting instant success, it didn’t take long for David to get sacked from his position at Old Trafford, despite a win percentage of 52%, which for a club like Newcastle would be more than enough. Moyes would bring a wealth of experience and a proven track record of working well with young players and making the most out of what he has got. In my opinion, he would be a good replacement for Steve McClaren.
Newcastle is in need of some ‘character’ and this is exactly what Brendan Rodgers would give them if installed as manager on Tyneside. Brendan Rodgers has been out of management since October 2015. During the 2013/2014 season, Liverpool came very close to winning the title under Rodgers, ultimately finishing second. He gained the ‘LMA Manager of the Year’ accolade and the season was heralded as an outstanding achievement. Unfortunately, Rodgers could not replicate this in the following season. This led to his departure. During his time at Liverpool he had a 51% win percentage, in my opinion, he would be a great manager for Newcastle United and with his reputation would definitely have the players playing for him.
Last but not least, perhaps the most unbelievable name to be linked with the position at St James’ Park is Rafael Benitez. Benitez has managed; Liverpool, Internazionale, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid. He is by far the most decorated manager on the list having won the majority of trophies that have been on offer to him during his career. His latest position was at Real Madrid where he did very well. His style of played was not to the pleasure of the Real Madrid fans who quickly saw to it that he didn’t have a long tenure at the Spanish club. He did have a win percentage of 68% and did very well.
To conclude, Nigel Pearson would be much more of a like-for-like replacement for McClaren than any of the others. The other candidates would definitely be a step forward, and in my opinion, Rafael Benitez would be the best appointment out of the four. His vast experience and huge reputation should make him an instant hit on Tyneside. Whether or not Newcastle could pull a deal like this off, however, is another matter.
My order of preference for the four potential candidates:
1. Rafael Benitez
2. Brendan Rodgers
3. David Moyes
4. Nigel Pearson
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