Dion Dublin spoke passionately about his support and admiration of former Derby County, now Newcastle United, boss Steve McClaren after the Capital One Cup first round draw, as quoted by the Chronicle.
The 46-year-old, who had spells at illustrious clubs such as Aston Villa, Celtic and Manchester United, spoke highly of McClaren and revealed his surprise that the former England boss was allowed to leave the East Midlands.
‘’Newcastle have thought about this appointment,’’ said Dublin in the Chronicle. ‘’I was surprised to see Steve leave Derby but Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and, hey, now have one of the best coaches in the country.
‘’You can’t be at Manchester United for so long, be so successful, and become a poor coach overnight. He’s not, he knows the game well, he’ll be able to manage that football club, no problem.’’
Dublin went on to add that the Capital One Cup is not a competition that will be taken lightly by the former Nottingham Forest boss and is something he will be pressured into trying to win.
He did accept that McClaren would need the backing of the decision makers at the club to be a success. However, early days indicate that will be the case.
Can McClaren win a trophy in his first year at Newcastle?
Disregarding the Premier League title, which even the most optimistic Newcastle fan will deem a ridiculous goal, the Capital One Cup and FA Cup are the two competitions Newcastle can look to challenge in.
McClaren had a good record in the cup competitions while at Derby, with a shock defeat to Reading in the fifth round last season being his only major blip on an otherwise promising record.
Derby won six out of their nine cup games, with two losses coming to Chelsea and the other Reading, which shows that cup football is something that the York-born coach knows well.
The aim for Newcastle is to win a trophy at some point in the near future, and the Capital One Cup could provide the perfect opportunity for him to do just that. He will have to wait until the next round, however, to get his teeth into the competition as the first round is purely for the Football League clubs.