Fan Support Is Picking Up For This Candidate

There is some support among the fans to bring in Steve McClaren as the new Newcastle head coach, and that may still happen in the summer, although since Derby County have taken a good four points from their last two games they could still be promoted to the Premier League next month via the play-offs,  and if that happens it would be surprising if McClaren wanted to join Newcastle, but it’s possible.


Steve McClaren – gaining support?

Here are the results of the poll we launched on January 26th, and which is now closed.

Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?

  • No (84%, 4,966 Votes)
  • Yes (16%, 950 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,916

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And because there seemed to be support picking up for Steve as the Newcastle head coach, we decided to launch another poll last Wednesday with the exact same wording.

Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?

  • No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
  • Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,980

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So there is some gain in Steve;s support, although not an awful lot.

Steve is thought to be Chief Scout Graham Carr’s top choice, and would fit nicely into the current arrangement at Newcastle, and he would work closely with Graham and Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Steve is a bit like John Carver in that he is a good guy, and will obviously gives 100%, but we don’t think he can be very successful at Newcastle.

We’d still like to see somebody like Frank de Boer, Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier, Thomas Tuchel, Paul Clement or even Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka brought in, and we’d be delighted if that still happens.

But the likelihood is that Newcastle will again take the easy choice and bring in Steve – if he’s available – with John Carver as his number two.

But if Steve is not available, the next easy choice would be to appoint John Carver, but that would be a complete and utter disaster, even through we like John as a person and he obviously gives everything to Newcastle.

It’s on the professional side of things that we have our doubts about both McClaren and Carver.

What do you think?

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53 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 10, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Sport 10 is reporting an exclusive in Mercato.
    Ayew has to have an agreement in place before the end of April. Lots of clubs are interested however the 2 front runners are NUFC and Roma and his agent seems to be playing them off against each other.

  • hibbit

    Apr 10, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    sav think about it both these players have been out for months never kicked a ball other clubs would be arranging behind closed doors games to get them match fit not this lot just when ashley needs a lift there both fit its PR and we all know it

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Williamson, R Taylor, Satka, Sterry, Abeid, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cabella, Ameobi, Obertan, Gutierrez, Kemen, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.

    The squad for Merseyside barring any injuries before travelling down on Monday

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I think he would do a great job here

  • Ciaran

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Not been on for a long time but thought I’d rear my ugly head!

    I do think it is rather redundant to be talking about new head coaches until we resolve the wider issue of the current custodian of the club. Decent coaches are going to look at NUFC and think twice because it has become an even more poisoned chalice than it was once thought to be.

    With regards fans boycotting, I do sincerely hope that it gets widespread support and in my mind, the minimum amount that need to boycott in order to make a difference is 10,000. I would be surprised if that many abstained but the anger that is currently swirling around the city means that it might just happen.

    I have been involved in a number of protests, and groups in the past few seasons and it seems rather cyclical which is more than a little frustrating – we have a decent 1st half of the season, people are happy. We have a terrible 2nd half of the season, people are cheesed off and want to protest. A player or two is signed in the summer, and the reset button is pressed and we do it all over again.

    Until fans really start to see NUFC as much more than 38 games in a season, and as the bigger picture that Mike Ashley has destroyed, then the fans will never unite in popular protest.

    In fact, the biggest protest of NUFC fans has been the silent, apathetic protest of just not going back. The problem with this one is that it gets no attention, and why should it? When 1 person gives up their ST the club has another bleating sheep to take his place.

    I hope this protest on Sunday really takes off and engages fans so that we can make a loud, bold statement like AC Milan fans did not too long ago. Anyone who is attending the protest and is boycotting, I commend you for this action. Anyone who is not, and intends on going to the match as well as future matches, well what can I say? You’re already dead inside.

  • one fine day

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Mac toon
    From previous
    Yes and apparent increase in operating costs of 30 mil .. A genius . I think hm tax office have a different phrase for his level of business acumen .
    At least it the days of the plc we could see the balance sheets ( well other the bills from ” restaurants ” in Spain .
    Just pray no one falls for this latest bs and continue with protests as planned regardless of the Liverpool result sick bays being forcibly emptied

  • beermonkey

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7


    even woebatan has asked to play in the under21 for some match fitness

    I would think at most clubs dejong wouldn’t play this season given there are so few games left a couple of behind doors games and prep him for preseason
    and the same with Aarons really

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    our last 4 games are totally winnable

  • beermonkey

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    hello Ciaran

    are you still fighting the good fight with nust

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10
  • estechco

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, I think your headline is more than little (statistically) misleading.

    The numbers voting are notably less to start with, so what’s to say the people voting “No” last time simply didn’t bother to repeat the process where as the ones in favour of him still wished to voice their opinion?

    The bottom line is, most still massively underwhelmed by the prospect of him!

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12


    Was just going to post that article because it says he had them in on Monday which was meant to be a planned day off. It’s ok. He let them have Tuesday off instead. He’s so nice. Anyway the more pressing issue for me is:

    Low and behold he says in the chronicle (below) he stayed away from the players the day after the defeat. I’m pretty sure that Monday follows Sunday. Which is it johnny boy?

    The Magpies’ interim boss said at his pre-Liverpool Press conference that he shut himself away from the players the day after the defeat and then visited the golf course with coach Steve Stone.

    Carver said he kept away from the players and that he was pleased he did not speak to the players the day after the match to give himself some thinking time.

    “Certainly after the game, on Monday, I confined myself to my house. On Tuesday I got with Steve Stone and went down to the golf club because it seems to be the only place I can go at the moment without getting any abuse. Which was quite nice,” He added.

    “We talked about the team, we talked about how we go forward, how we deal with situations, what we do in the team meetings when we get together and we did that.

  • davetoon

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Unless the plan was to keep Carver there for the rest of the season to make the fans accept McClaren

  • Ciaran

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14


    Alright mate? I’ve recently made the decision to step down from NUST due to time constraints and being unable to fully dedicate myself to the role. I thoroughly enjoyed the year or more I spent on the board and really think we’re doing some excellent work. I’m glad NUST came out and supported the boycott, and hope the continue to back supporters in the fight to rid our club of Mike Ashley and that this in turn leads to greater supporter involvement in the running of our football club.

    There’s a lot of fractured relationships among NUFC supporters, a lot of apathy and a lot of hurt. If we can channel that energy, anger, frustration etc into a positive campaign for change then we may achieve something. However, everything that happens here (if it’s popular protest) feels reactionary and easy to appease with a few signings.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    If he had the players in on Monday (as the quote shows in the mag) but he stayed away from the players on Monday (as quoted in the chronicle) who took training?

    Or are you getting your days mixed up now johnny boy. The year is 2015 honest john. Today is Friday. We play Monday at 8pm.

    Just incase you get mixed up again.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16


    Looks like I need to pay some green fees

  • hibbit

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    mac toon any news ??????

  • wynsleap

    Apr 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Yeah – The Wally with the Brolly and the guy with the stupid fake accent (who also wins nowt)
    Another joke figure for the Toon.
    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!

  • jayphoto

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Not adverse to Mclaren! I live in Derbyshire and they bloody love him! Hes had little money to spend and put a team together out of youth and misfits….
    He wouldn’t be my choice, not even in my top 10 but hes better than what I’m expecting Ashley to appoint and he’d be the best manager weve had since Bobby! (Not counting keegan. Love him as a manager but thst second spell we lost a lot and didnt play well for whatever reason)

  • wynsleap

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    jayphoto – with all due respect we should be looking for a better manager than a Championship performer who puts together ‘a team of youth and misfits’.
    (And it’s not as if Derby have had managers like Robson and Keegan to compare with either is it?)
    This is the trouble with being a Toon fan. Everyone”s expectations are so low. They shouldn’t be.

  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    optimistic prime

    Carver’s comments coming thick and fast now.

    He reminds me of something dying and trying his best to cling on to life!

  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22


    If the question about McClaren had been would we be happy with McClaren as the only alternative to Carver the answer would have been near 100% for.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23


    He’s drowning in a sea of shit of his own making.

    The boy cried wolf springs to mind.

  • Pop n Wyn

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Lads, does anyone know how operational costs has increased by £28 million, genuine question, im flumuxed by it.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Pop and wyn

    Public relations and players performance bonus. serious answer 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Ciaran or any1 that might know

    the rumoured land sale did that go ahead in the end was the land sold

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    ed i,m afraid your misleading your readers it,s bad enough you linking us with players you know we wont you are suggesting new head coaches such as rafa and mclaren carver will be the next head coach he,s a failure like pardew was when we appointed him.ashley is frightened of success he doesn,t want euro football or cup football.this season we will get less money than last season easy sell a player in january when he has a clearer vision of the clubs finances.

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #29


    The situation you outlined last night does not seem a recipe for continuity.

    It does not seem sustainable, and therefore suggests change is afoot.

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    The direction is discernible, but not the destination.

  • tequilamag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Ciaran at 5 I hope the protest goes off well. With the amount of publicity it will look bad if there is not at least 8 to 10 k
    What I would say is referring to people who go to games as sheep is massively counter-productive. The only way this protest has any chance of success is by persuasion not by insulting other fans. That lesson surely should have been learned by now

  • Sliema

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeh this increase in costs is actually incredible. Are there any rules which may have been broken here? They’re clearly lying and fixing their numbers to show less profits, tax reasons included, but also hide the fact that they’re actually somehow funneling money out of this club.

    It’s coming in and it’s not going out. Yet our profit is pitance.

  • tequilamag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Sliema, the declared figures include things like amortisation which are in effect costs that have already been paid. These are in effect “ghost costs” which means the actual money made in real disposable profit will be higher. What muddies the water further is that in this tears figures it did not include how much money is sloshing about in the clubs bank accountant. These figures have been available in all other accounts to date.
    There should be plenty of money available for signings but as usual we are left guessing as to the real picture..

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #34

    If fans groups are going to grow and become mass movements as they have not in the past, they are going to have to stop preaching to the converted and offer something attractive and hopeful to those who are not zealots.
    Hope is what we need here and now. What has been done in the past has been done and we are all grateful for it. It is what can be done now that counts.

    Giving up your seat is a one-off protest. That is a large constituency of fans who could be persuaded to do a little more to get their club back, if not for themselves but for future generations. If given some hope.

    It is a cliche, but you catch more flies with honey, and you have to serve to lead.

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #35

    If the protest is well supported the boycott doesn’t have to be in five figures.

    Why put a figure on failure? Surely your opponents do that.

    Anyone who doesn’t go in, and anyone who does and makes Ashley feel less at home than he has been recently is a success in my view.

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #36

    “We” may have our doubts about JC and The brolly man, but I am sure that they should stay well clear. Mashers needs to find another toady.

  • tequilamag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #37

    BandB I plucked a figure based on what I think would show a visual effect on the TV. ,
    Momentum is very important. If this one comes off well people will be more likely to join in any further action.

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #38


    I thought you were taking the figure fro Ruddy above.

    I agree with you. This is a start and just a start. Many great movements began in apparent failure.

    If nothing else it has already brought a new and different type of optimism back to the blog.

    The blog is VERY well read. It isn’t a forum for losers to shoot their mouths off, as some keep insisting.

    Those with most to fear from the power of social media are always those busiest attacking it.

  • tequilamag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #39

    True the amount of people who vote on polls is massive compared to the amount of people who post. I hope everyone can at least see the protest is coming from the right place and even if they choose to go to the game echo the sentiments of those who stay away.
    This is not the time to fight old battles or settle scores.

  • BandB

    Apr 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #40

    It is, after all those so-called “dead” souls in the ground who will decide this issue in the fullness of time.


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