McClaren: Managing Newcastle United is as tough as it gets

Steve McClaren.
Steve McClaren.

Steve McClaren admits he has taken on his toughest job ever – but says he’s up to the challenge of leading Newcastle United.

McClaren has managed England, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Derby County, as well as taking the big step of working abroad in Holland and Germany.

“I’ve had lots of experience and I feel I’m ready to take this challenge on and to take this club forward.

But despite that, and the stick he got as the national team boss when he failed to qualify for Euro 2008, he insists being in charge of Newcastle could be even more difficult.

McClaren said: “This has probably got to be the toughest one (job), 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.

“I can’t do it on my own and I need good people around me.

“I’m excited and can’t wait to get started at a huge club. All I want to is to help bring success not just for the players but for the fans as well.”

McClaren led Middlesbrough to their only piece of silverware in their history, the League Cup in 2004, and admits it would be a dream to replicate that at Newcastle.

The Magpies have not won a trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969, while domestic success has eluded them even longer, dating back to the FA Cup triumph in 1955.

And McClaren admits he’d love to end that drought after being charged with not only guiding United to a top eight finish in the Premier League, but also with winning a cup.

“That’s the aim, the dream of everybody,” he said.

“We had that dream at Middlesbrough when we came in and we achieved it. “We’ve got that dream here and we need to achieve it but you only do it by everybody being together, by everybody pulling in the right direction.

“Winning things is a long process but I’m delighted to be here at the start of it.”