Steve McClaren Helping Newcastle In Transfer Market

Steve McClaren has been out of work since he was sacked by German club Wolfsburg on February 7th.

Steve McClaren – sharing knowledge of players with Pardew

The 49 year-old still has a house in Middlesbrough, a club he managed for a few seasons from 2001 through 2006, and it’s not surprising that he paid a visit to meet with Alan Pardew, who happens to be an old friend.

Steve went onto mange England for a brief and disastrous spell, and the took FC Twente to the Dutch  Championship and then joined Wolfsburg last summer.

Alan Pardew talked about Steve today:

“He has just come up here to see what we are doing. He is an old mate, so it was a personal call. Have I picked his brains? Yes, exactly, that’s what I have done. “

“We are hopefully in the market in the summer and Steve has come across countless players in the last two or three years by working in Europe.”

“There are players I have asked him about and it is very important to have that kind of info from him.”  “You just want to keep in touch and see what is going on.”

“I asked him what the Dutch league was about, this player and that player. And in Germany too.”  “I got some great information from him, and that is purely it.”

Steve McClaren was picked by the FA to manage England in 2006, after Sven Eriksson left, and it seems the main reason he got the job, was that the FA, in their wisdom picked Steve because that seemed to upset the least number of people.

What a way to puck a manager, but the FA is hardly the most competent organization around,  of course in fact they are fairly inept in most things they try to do, with the emphasis on try.

But Steve was an absolute disaster as England manager,  and he was sacked after England failed to make the European 2008 tournament finals,

We’ll not even mention the FA taking the dismissal cause out of Capello’s contract, before the World Cup last summer, and then making it difficult to dismiss him after the World Cup debacle,  because it would then have cost them a fortune.

It’s hard to even think things up as incompetent as that turned out to be,

That disastrous tenure by McClaren put a stop on any England manager being actually English.

Although it now seems almost odds on, that Harry Redknapp, who turned down the Newcastle job in January, 2008 will get the job, once Fabio Capello leaves after next year’s European Championships.

His tenure at Tottenham has been little short of miraculous, and he should be able to do a good job for England.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Great Geordies of the past! (although he never played for NUFC)

    I was looking up this reference this morning but the blog moved quickly on.

    I think we might get some inspiration from it this weekend when all true geordies must rally behind the lads for a crutial game!

    supermacnumber9 said at Apr 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Newcastle Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty
    – don’t forget what happened to Nelson! at least he won – HWTL

    Shot Bru very cleverley replied at 10:57 AM

    Newcastle Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty- Nevermind Nelson if all the players could take after Collingwood tomorrow we would win no problem.

    Well – Admiral Collingwood was a Geordie and took over at Trafalgar when Nelson died. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and was educatted at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle where one of the four houses is named after him.

    When not at sea he lived at Collingwood House in Morpeth. He is known to have remarked, “whenever I think how I am to be happy again, my thoughts carry me back to Morpeth.” When he was there on half pay or on leave he loved to walk over the hills with his dog Bounce. He always started off with a handful of acorns in his pockets, and as he walked he would press an acorn into the soil whenever he saw a good place for an oak tree to grow. Some of the oaks he planted are probably still growing more than a century and a half later ready to be cut to build ships of the line at a time when nuclear submarines are patrolling the seas, because Collingwood’s purpose was to make sure that the Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.”

    A statue erected in his honour overlooks the River Tyne in Tynemouth, at the foot of which are some of the cannon from the Royal Sovereign.

    Collingwood was a man of victory! I’m sure his spirit will be with us at 3pm saturday and he will hoist the flag signal “Howay the lads”!

  • roy cropper

    Apr 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    it never rains but it pours – wish i’d brought me brolley.

  • derekm

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    The Redknapp thing always does my head in – can anyone tell me roughly how much cash he has been given? To my mind Spurs have brought out the cheque book big – style and steadily built the team over the last five years. Don’t get me wrong harry’s no dummy manager but the dosh certainly helps a hell of a lot!

  • dave 1961

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Tomorrow’s game is the most important game for over 2 years, it’s down to the fan’s it does not seem Pardew’s capable of engineering a win on his own, but the fans can. We have to intimidate everyone not in black & white, we need the officials to go home on Saturday night saying they don’t want to come back. The wolves will come intent to Maul us into submission; if we pressure the officials to the extent they are fearful of letting wolves away with any rough stuff. I will be happy if we don’t remember the ref as it will mean he’s done his job. so far this season we have had 3 players hospitalise for the grand total of 1 yellow card, yet we have had players red carded that have not even caused an injury, we have had the incident when the player was punched by his own fans, when the FA think it was a toon fan, the FA are outraged, and set in motion an investigation against Newcastle, just to then drop it when the realise it’s nothing to do with us, tomorrow we will be fighting the FA as well as The wolves. the FA will have the knives out ready to knife us in the back for anything they can, our backs are against the wall, we need a big crowd that’s up for it, so we can create the most hostile atmosphere we can create, a win could just give us the impetus to get us to the finish line. Then get the 3 points that could send villa down, now wouldn’t that be a fitting end of season. & hopefully the unwashed will stay up to, giving us a 5-6 point head start next season.

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    AP says we may be in the market to buy this summer. Does that mean that relegation is nearly a given, and there will not be purchases?

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Way to go supermacnumber9………Collingwood is without doubt a true legend in British naval history yet he is hardly ever recognised for his achievements. Possibly because he was from the North East? HWTL!

  • Partizan

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    No doubt we’ll be linked with Bryan Ruiz,,,one of his favorite players in Twente.

    True goal scoring machine,but the price speaks for itself,15 mill at least.

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    “we are hopefully in the market in the summer” dont like the sound of that. or is referring to us staying in the prem?

  • Burni

    Apr 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Dave that comment was like the scene off of Braveheart,

    ” They may score a goal….. but they will never be…….. THE WINNERS!!!”

    Moving stuff mate and I shall be there practising what you have preached…… so nervous…… so excited…… haway NUFC yous know you can do it just keep it together!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I can help alan pardew

    1) buy gervinho, weiss, another CB
    2) sell smuth, xisco, perch and rouletdge
    3) play 4-4-2
    4) buy bendtner

  • Partizan

    Apr 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Would anyone like Aquilani for reduced price,,lets say 7 mill….I would!

  • Burni

    Apr 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    brutoon : aye but…. naw

    I reckon gervinho would be like another balotelli, sounds like he rates himself better than he is…… much like Taiwo but we defo need another CB.

    can someone explained what happened with Xisco, does he just deliberatly do poorly whilst with Newcastle?coz the kids a canny football player like and I can never understand why hes never here Id say give him a chance if he wants it, if not …. cull him hahah.

    4-4-2 aye!!! all the waye no messing with the formation this weekend Pardew pleeaaasssee!!

    but bendtner?!?!?! nah mate got to SEVERELY disagree with you on that. I know its difficult to find em but we need players like tiote and ben arfa dudes that are good but dont seem to go on like they know they are…. you know what I mean?

  • boztoon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I HAD A DREAM………….
    Barton scored 1st against Wolves but woke up before game finished so fingers crossed.
    Better get me fiver on Bartoon to score 1st then :O)

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d love to see McClaren advising Pardew on transhfer targets in the voice below:

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    boztoon – ….. then wolves had 3 booked and 1 sent off – we were all over them, shots saved, hit the post, over the bar then —- an own goal! 2-0 with 5 minutes to go SJP erupts! more pressure, noise incredible, 4 minutes in to extra time Ranger beats his man on the edge of the box, races past another, rounds the keeper and blasts it into the empty net – pandemonium!!!! 3-0 – he grabs the ball and races back up midfield – the ref looks at his watch, puts his whistle to his mouth, the wolves drop to their knees, they think it is all over, no one hears the whistle in the bedlem – the ref grabs the ball !!! we’re safe! europe next season on a tidewave of emotion.
    at least, that was my dream

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    It seems the players are thinking that tomorrow is a cup final for us, which is good, hopefully.

    Gutierrez on Twitter – ” Good afternoon, at home waiting for the final of tomorrow.”

  • chuck

    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Funny old game init !
    McClaren, has an awful stint as the Engerland manager, goes to Holland has a very successful time there as a manager, so good gets hired by a big German side bombs again and gets fired.
    Whats up with that?

  • chuck

    Apr 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed. puhleez, get rid of the faces, it`s childish, more suited to pre teens, but then perhaps thats who we are dealing with for the most part ?

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Hopefully in the market? HOPEFULLY!

    We better be we need to ATLEAST replace the striker we lost and the Winger we never replaced in Wayne, Thats 2 we HAVE to buy let alone the ones we need to actually IMPROVE the squad.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20


    Well yeah but i have to stick up for him at Twente he has time to put his mark onto the team, bought players from Chelsea on loan, one who got leading assist in the Eridivise Miroslav Stoch. and then bought Bryan Ruiz who scored shed loads of goals, Made Twente into a very solid team within a season or 2.

    At Wolfsburg they didnt give him a chance, the players didnt welcome him per say, Diego taking a Pen off the normal taker and missing it, he got fined for that action and Grafitie who wouldnt bother running and Dzeko who wanted to leave, this was the first time with many new players into the squad, he needed the whole season to asses the players who needed to go and some who should join Wolfburg i reckon if he had time and the backing off the players they would do very well next season.

    The problems are rooted into the whole team and look even the new manager is struggling at Wolf.

    He is an Ok manager that just needed time to bed in his new players etc. time he got at Twente and didnt get at Wolfsburg.

  • AndyE93

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Hold on a sec didn’t he spend £8m on Afonso Alves?

  • balubas1

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Mclaren helping out ay? The man that thought Cheick Tiote wasn’t good enough.. hehe:)

    Well.. any help is welcome

  • chuck

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah was`nt meaning to knock him, just noting the irony of it all.
    I understand managers dont or are not allowed to succeed at certain clubs ( Clough @ Leeds) for various reasons.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Who cares about Steve Mclaren and his smug mug, on the eve of our most important match of the season!?

  • Jezza

    Apr 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    I get the feeling that the “Wally with the brolly” will be taking over as Newcastle manager for the rest of the season after the Wolves game.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Looks like Best is not fit for tomorrow. Who should we start up front? I would like to see Ameobi with Ranger. No Peter please! A solid 4-4-2 with Nolan and Barton in the middle with Guthrie to come in if needed. Jonas on the right and Ferguson on the left, they can switch if need be. The dependable Simpson Willo Colo and Jose at the back if possible. I like 2-0 to us with the crowd intimidating Wolves. Howay the lads!!!


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