Stats highlight Steve McClaren’s failure to improve Newcastle United

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McClaren was replaced by Rafa Benitez on Friday afternoon.

With Steve McClaren now having been replaced by Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United, it is now time to assess where it went from for the former Derby County manager.

There had been hope prior to the beginning of the season as they spent big to overhaul the squad and avoid another relegation fight this season.

Instead it have proved to be another season of struggle, with them currently in the bottom three with ten games remaining of this season.

And a look at the stats compared to last season show just how much McClaren failed to have an impact in his 28 Premier League games in charge.

  Before & After McClarenGoals per GameOntarget Scoring Attempts per GameBig Chance Created per GameAccurate Pass per GamePassing AccuracyTotal Tackle per GameWon Tackle per GameGoals Conceded per GameAppearances
Newcastle Before McClaren 1.05 3.76 1 303.66 77% 21.68 16.66 1.66 38
Newcastle With McClaren 1 3.68 1.04 307.32 77% 20.54 15.75 1.89 28

In attack, his side managed to score fewer goals per game this season, as well as registering fewer shots on target per game despite spending big on their front line in the summer.

They did manage to create slightly more big chances per game, and played more accurate passes, but overall had the exact same passing accuracy as last year.

The defence was where they really suffered, posting fewer tackles per game, and winning fewer culminating in them conceding more goals per game during his reign.

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