McClaren axed by Newcastle United, with the Magpies now expected to appoint Rafael Benitez as his replacement
Steve McClaren’s time at St James’ Park came to an end on Friday as Newcastle United sacked their failed manager and gave him a bumper pay-off as a result.
McClaren has been awful with the Tyneside club although the worst thing about his reign in charge of the Magpies has been the conceited and arrogant attitude that the man has had all the way through.
He’s rarely accepted the blame for a string of gutless performances, choosing instead to blame his “frustrating squad” and he can have no argument with the club’s decision to cut their ties with someone who amazingly became the head coach of England.
“After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the club will end with immediate effect,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”
Managing director Lee Charnley added: “I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.
“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.
“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future. A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”
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