Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Men at Helm Bring Grounds for Optimism

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Men at Helm Bring Grounds for Optimism

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SO AFTER the uncertainty at the end of the season, now we know - beyond almost all doubt - who is going to be leading the North East's two Premier League clubs next year.

Dick Advocaat has surprised us by agreeing to take the Sunderland job, while Steve McClaren seems set for the Newcastle vacancy.

There might have been a bit of a mixed reaction to the news on Tyneside but I'm pleased about both of those appointments and pretty optimistic too. Here's why.

STEVE MCCLAREN McClaren's a good choice for Newcastle given what they were looking for. I'm not 100% sure about the head-coach model, but if that's what you want, you are ruling out a load of big names before you've even started the search.

What does that leave you with? Well, probably a load of candidates with little experience of a club of Newcastle's size, who might never get to grips with what the job actually entails. With McClaren you're getting someone who has worked at some of the biggest clubs in the world and is a very decent coach to boot.

I'm enthusiastic because people that impress me have been impressed by McClaren. Working for Premier League TV we get a lot of influential people in the game passing through to do bits of punditry on the weekend's games and it puts you into contact with some really impressive people.

The flip side is that there's some people who come on and don't tell you a lot. There was one - and I won't name names here - who offered oneword answers about the game they were watching. I wondered what the point in him turning up was!

The best pundits are the ones who don't necessarily say a lot or boast that they know this person or that person, but have a bit of authority that means when they do offer an opinion you listen and take it seriously. I class Danny Murphy, who has come into the studio a few times, as one of those people, and he couldn't be more positive about McClaren and how he found him.

Danny said Steve is an excellent coach who is forward-thinking and progressive, he said he's good with the media and a likeable person and he also said that he's a good manmanager too. I think those are pretty key combinations for any manager to have and I think he's probably an upgrade on Alan Pardew - or at least better suited to the job he's got in front of him there.

I think Newcastle have chosen well and I would keep John Carver on the staff as well. I know he's had some criticism and his time as manager didn't go well, but one of the big advantages for Newcastle here is that they will have someone on the coaching staff who can offer an instant assessment of which players in the squad are up to it.

With most new managers appointed in the summer it's a couple of weeks before the players come back for pre-season and then another month or two before you see them in matches. …

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