Steve McClaren has been appointed Newcastle head coach ahead of the new season.
McClaren was named Magpies head coach following the departure of John Carver from his caretaker role, and he has told the Gazette that this is probably the hardest job of his career.
The 54-year-old said: “This has probably got to be the toughest one, one of the biggest. I’ve had lots of experience and I feel I’m ready to take this challenge on and to take this club forward.”
Whilst taking charge of the Magpies is a big job, it is a surprise to see McClaren call it the biggest one of his entire career.
The former Derby boss has coached in a League Cup Final with Middlesbrough, as well as the 2006 UEFA Cup Final, and spent an unsuccessful spell as manager of England - failing to secure qualification to Euro 2008.
This role in charge of the Three Lions is surely the biggest of his career, and his failure will likely define much of his time as a football manager.
He takes charge of Newcastle at a time when the Tyneside outfit are in something of a rut, and he is sure to face a challenge in the search for success - with the want to win a trophy one of his main ambitions at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have not won a trophy since 1969, whilst domestic success has been absent since 1955 - when the FA Cup was won.
Whilst McClaren failed in securing European Championship football with England, securing a piece of silverware with the Magpies could be even harder - and the coach has a truly challenging job on his hands at St James’ Park.