Newcastle are starting to bring some stability to the Tyneside club – at least in the coaching area – with Steve McClaren to be appointed as the new hard coach, and he will be bringing his own people in with him, after Newcastle cleared the way for that by sacking both John Carver and Steve Stone today.
Charlie Austin – to be married later this month
And it turns out that our number one transfer target Charlie Austin, has been continually asking former player Joey Barton what life is like at Newcastle, and Joey is positive but with one caveat – there’s instability at the club at the moment.
But once Steve McClaren is announced as the new head coach, maybe later today, then Newcastle will look a lot more stable than we were in the second half of the season, and maybe we can persuade Charlie to join the club.
Certainly it would be a very popular signing since Charlie looks like a goal machine.
This is what Joey Barton has said in the Shields Gazette:
“I spent four years up there at Newcastle and it’s a fantastic place to ply your trade.” “There’s a great support base who support their team home and away.”
“The only issue for him is maybe a little bit of instability going on, in and around the place.” “Will they be the best opportunity for him should he decide to leave QPR? “
“Will they provide a more stable environment for him to kick on to that next level?” “He gets married towards the end of the month and no doubt I’ll have a conversation with him.”
“He’s always asking questions like ‘what’s it like there’.”
Those are actually good words from Joey in that he wants Charlie to make the right decision for himself and his family – it’s an important next move for the 25 year-old.
And Joey’s right that Newcastle have looked unstable this year and in a bit of a mess if truth be told.
We almost accompanied QPR down to the Championship, and they also beat us in the second last game of the season 2-1 – even though they were already relegated.
If Steve McClaren can persuade Charlie Austin to sign on a Newcastle, it would be a great start for the former England manager at Newcastle.