Everton chairman Bill Kenwright backs new Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren to succeed

Steve McClaren

The Toffees supremo has no doubt that the former Derby County boss can be a hit at St James' Park.

Newcastle United’s new boss Steve McClaren has received the backing of a Premier League chairman today, but not his own.

Instead it is long-serving Everton man Bill Kenwright who has had praise for the new Toon manager. He told The Chronicle regarding the appointment of the former England and Derby County boss:

“I’m a big fan of Steve McClaren (head coach). I was when he was at Middlesbrough and as England manager. He wasn’t in that job very long but he was very communicative. Some are a bit stand offish but he would ask about your players.

“I always thought he was a really good manager and he’s got that sort of sharing spirit that you need. If we score I share my pleasure with 40,000 Evertonians. You’ve got to have that sharing sense that says ‘We’re in this together’. It’s no good saying it, you’ve got to feel it.”

Kenwright’s opinion should be heeded. His appointment of David Moyes was a huge success at the club and despite a wobble last term under Roberto Martinez, the Spaniard seems to be on the right path.

So if he feels McClaren is a good appointment for Newcastle he might be right.

Newcastle fans will hope so. After nearly suffering relegation under John Carver last term the club needs a change of fortunes next season.

They have already showed some decent signs of investment, with the arrivals of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, and McClaren will be expected to lead the team high up the Premier League table.

Who knows, perhaps a battle with Kenwright’s beloved Everton for a place in Europe next season might just ensue if the new boss gets the best out of the Toon Army in 2015-16.

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