Steve McClaren looks set to take charge of Newcastle.
McClaren is set to be unveiled as Newcastle manager this week, and Harry Redknapp has praised him on his Kicca account, whilst admitting that he hopes to see the ex-Derby boss end Newcastle’s wait for a trophy.
Redknapp said: “It looks like Steve McClaren is set to be named Newcastle manager and I think that’s great for both Steve and the club. He’s a very good manager and I can see him doing well there and hopefully ending Newcastle’s long wait for a trophy.”
It has been since 1955 that Newcastle last won a domestic trophy, whilst the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was their last major success.
There have been few occasions to shout about since those success, with the near-misses in the 1990’s as good as it has been for the Magpies.
McClaren is a steady appointment, with the former Derby coach a respected manager known for playing good, technical football, and generally stabilising clubs undergoing some issues.
However, Redknapp believes that he could be the man to end the long trophy doubt, but he is not the inspiring appointment that many believe could do that. The Tyneside club needed to go all out to hire someone like Marcelo Bielsa or Jurgen Klopp, who would bring excitement and a future to St James’ Park, but instead they have chosen a coach who is surely nothing more than a short-term option.
McClaren is an appointment that is bound to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and stabilise a host of off-pitch issues, but it is hard to see him matching Redknapp’s hope - with silverware still looking far off at St James’ Park.