Quinn: Why some Newcastle fans won't be happy if club appoint McClaren

Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn feels his old club have settled for second best for too long.

Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn told talkSPORT why he feels the club’s fans won’t be best pleased if Steve McClaren is confirmed as the side’s next manager.

The BBC is among the sources to have reported that McClaren is expected to be confirmed in the role next week, with a short turnaround time between jobs for the ex-England boss after he was sacked by Derby County.

While McClaren’s experience is an obvious advantage that he would bring to the role, Quinn feels that ultimately it’s a move which won’t excite supporters.

“I just feel that Newcastle and the club’s fans have settled for second best for too long – There was talk of Vieira which got everyone excited at his potential – Remember McClaren was sacked by Derby,” he said.

It’s a difficult situation for Newcastle’s board because there is obvious pressure from fans for real change and for Mike Ashley to show some ambition.

However, last season demonstrated some real problems within the club and the squad, with the team only staying up thanks to a win against West Ham on the final day of the season.

It’s a risk for the club to name someone like Vieira, who doesn’t have a great deal of management experience, considering the current importance for any club to stay in the top flight of English football.

McClaren is a safe option but Newcastle can still show ambition by backing him with plenty of cash to spend on transfers to create an exciting team.

It’s important that happens to help the club rise above any initial frustration if McClaren is confirmed in the job.

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