Steve McClaren is the gift that keeps giving. Unfortunately, the joke is usually on the new manager of Derby County
Do we think Steve McClaren is the right man to take Derby County into the Premier League? Errrr, no.
Are we glad that Steve McClaren is back in football management? Hell yes!
Steve is one of our favourites. He has been since going to FC Twente and adopting a Dutch accent when being interviewed about a Championshhh League match against Arshenal:
Steve doesn’t want to be a figure of fun. He wants to be taken seriously although somehow fate conspires against him. Like the time last summer when Schteve was covering the England v Iceland match at Euro 2016. The scoreline was 1-1 and McClaren was reassuring viewers that England were in control of the game…
Now Steve has left Newcastle…
…packed up his umbrella and floated back to Derby like Mary Poppins.
He has been Derby manager before and his preoccupation with style over substance possibly cost him dear in the end:
Now we move on to a remarkable series of Vines which start with McClaren speaking on the phone. In the stands. Although who is he speaking with and what is he doing with that hand?!
It gets better! Steve McClaren is an experienced manager who can control the most difficult players in the dressing room. He can handle big egos and every player knows who the boss is. Just look at the way he summons over a Newcastle player to applaud the crowd here:
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for a man who seems to be fighting a losing battle. He’s previously cut an isolated figure on the touchline, lost in a world of thoughts…
No wonder that he had a carer assigned to him at Newcastle. He was a lovely fellow who made sure Steve got a touchline view of the action. I think his name was De Jong or something:
We all know how it will end at Derby. Steve doesn’t deserve this anymore. He should consider the quiet life, going for long walks in the country with his other half, walking the dog and completing a challenging Sudoku puzzle. Never change Steve…
All odds were correct at time of posting.