Steve McClaren seems to have an impressive knack of annoying people, and Newcastle fans are mocking their ex-manager for his comments on Aleksandar Mitrovic.
McClaren signed Mitrovic for Newcastle back in 2015. The Serbian international scored five goals for the former England boss before he was sacked by Newcastle in 2016.
Mitrovic has his fair share of admirers around St. James’ Park, but even they can understand why Rafa Benitez took the option to loan the 23 year-old out. Since moving to Fulham in January, Mitrovic has managed a superb seven goals in seven Championship starts, and McClaren says he knows why.
“I think (Slavisa) Jokanovic, being Serbian, I think they’ve got that connection and once you get the best out of him, he’s not only a good player outside the box, bringing other players into it, he scores goals,” said McClaren.
“He came in as a young boy at Newcastle, he needs to be loved, needs to be believed in, trusted.”
Whether or not Mitrovic has a future at Newcastle is still up in the air, but if he does stay on Tyneside then the loan spell can only have done good things for the young striker. Providing Newcastle keep themselves in the Premier League, the move could be a win-win for all involved.
Of course, Newcastle fans don’t take too kindly to people dissing their beloved manager, especially a man who they despise for his stint in charge on Tyneside.
Needless to say, fans have been reacting fairly negatively to McClaren’s comments, and some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
That'll be why he rattled the goals in when you were manager then?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
— Chris Forster (@chrisforster191) March 21, 2018
A Ha ha ha ha what a wally.
— James Douglas#NUFC (@armanisummecode) March 20, 2018
Steve mclaren would have had us relegated by now so it’s probably best he keeps his advice to himself
— nufcmark🏴 (@barkmutterworth) March 20, 2018
Nope he just needs to learn instructions. Maybe thats the difference between being a top class coach/manager and being…well you steve.
— Craig Welsh (@CraigWe18996385) March 20, 2018
— black and white away days travel (@RuzMark) March 20, 2018