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McClaren Appointment To Be Announced Today

9:37 am, Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 194 Comments

Sky Sports news is reporting that Steve McClaren will be announced as the new Newcastle head coach later today – and we hope Steve will give a press conference, and we hope also that lee Charnley is in that press conference, but we doubt it.

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Steve McClaren – announcement today according to Sky Sports

Sky Sports seem to have an inside track at Newcastle and it was not surprising Mike Ashley gave his first interview ever as the Newcastle owner to Sky Sports.

It is thought that Steve has been talking to Newcastle while on vacation in Crete and the stage is set for him to be introduced sometime later today.

That would be good because there’s a lot of work to do before pre-season begins, and it will take away any doubts about who will be the head coach next season.

Newcastle need to get very busy in the transfer market and bring in some good players over the next few weeks, so they have ample time of settle in on Tyneside before the season starts.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

194 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    @ourtoon – van ginkel was at Milan Last season! Was their best player when on the field but missed a lot through injury! Quality tho when on the pitch

  • 2 spitfire_ // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:40 AM


    I go to the pub now.

  • 3 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Mclarens better than what we’ve had under ashley. His problem is usually taking on jobs he should avoid ie: england,wolfsburg and Forest! Even Derby to an extent as they had huge expectations and no squad of budget were all jobs that were bound to fail! If hed have remained at Twente in all likelihood he would have replaced Jol at Ajax and could have gone to any height! Problem is hes a too ambitious and too arrogant to think he might not be able to make something work!

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    FFS Ed a new thread every 5 minutes!!!

  • 5 hibbit // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    jayphoto right about ambitious but not about arrogant still very popular with the staff at boro and rockcliff

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Jay/Our Toon,
    Van Ginkel is a good player, and will offer more creativity from the middle of the park, but since joining Chelsea has had a serious injury, and then many niggly ones. If he is to come on a straightforward loan, with no purchase agreement if he proves himself then it is pointless, and leaves us no better off come the end of the season, a la Remy.

    As for Bamford, he may well prove to be very good in the future, but I have absolutely zero interest in bringing him in on loan to develop him only for him to go back to Chelsea. Again, that leaves us chasing around for another striker next year, as we have been for the past few.

    Bamford joining as a third striker would be good, and used in rotation, but at £10million we know he won’t be. That is before you add the McClaren factor of them not seeing eye to eye, and Bamford turning Derby down in part for that reason last summer.

  • 7 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    @hibbit – sorry yeah arrogant probably the wrong word, maybe confident in his ability?
    I actually think hel do better than vast majority of managers in the structure we have. Under a different structure id prefer a different manager but his relationship with Carr and undoubted coaching ability gives him a better chance to make a go of it!
    Hel understand what football means to the region too we might even beat the mackems

  • 8 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I just hope the masses at SJP give him half a chance.

  • 9 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    well McLaren today then
    my only hope is he gets his staff

    really hope the fringe players that have a year or more on there deal vuckic bigi Sammy marveax and other come back early a week of more than the main squad and work with McLaren and his team

    mainly before any decision is made on there future
    he might see something in a few of our fringe players,
    I also hope this is the end of blatant favouritism between manager and players and we see 11 players that deserve to be out there

  • 10 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    I want to see if he’s alone when presented to the press like Percy.

    If he says in his interview I’ve sacked Carver and I’m bringing in my own staff, I may even raise a smile.

    Strange days for me, not happy not unhappy.

  • 11 firebug666 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Like every other manager/head coach he will get a chance to show what he can do. A lot will be to do with who we bring in, and what coaching staff McClaren manages to get.

    If we start badly this season he could be in for a rough ride.

  • 12 catchy in norway // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    I think he is a good coach,

    I only hope he has his own team and not the 3 clowns here now.

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    In an ideal world Lee Charnley and Graham Carr as the ‘footballing board’ would both be at the press conference when announcing Steve McClaren (two C’s everyone) as Head Coach. Giving them the opportunity to provide a collective proclaimation about how good they expect the future to be. Then following on from talking to the press, straight in to a Fans Forum to allay the issues raised at the end of the season and be proactive with their engagement with fans. For once they will appear to be on the front foot, energetic about the direction the club is taking and spread a little optimism.

    No doubt SMC will be sent out to speak to the Journalist on his own and all we will get is a wet cloth.

  • 14 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    That’s my concern about both players coming on loan….its a short term fix. Van Ginkel has fitness issues no doubt about it, we have a few like that at the club already I personally wouldn’t want another one no matter how good he is.

    Bamford I’m not sold on at all, 10m is steep to say the least and loan doesn’t make sense for us. James Wilson on loan is a name that was linked to us as well, again the concern for me is that we aren’t sending our lads out on loan but we are happy to assist other teams by loaning players.

  • 15 firebug666 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:12 AM


    More than likely a statement will be released that will end with…”We will be making no further comment at this time”

    That’s the Newcastle way.

  • 16 jimmysmith // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Newcastle really do need an experienced coach if history is anything to go by. Managers graveyard by and large. Hughton the obvious exception, although it’s hard not to imagine he wouldn’t have come a cropper ultimately. McClaren has that experience, and will set them up to play decent football. Now give him a team.

  • 17 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    @10. OP

    I doubt Caever will be sent packing,or was that tongue n cheek?
    It seems to be taken for granted that Carver will stay at the club in some capacity,maybe assistant to Maclaren,tho im sure Mac will want his own staff, unless he,s that much of a yes man that he,ll take what he,s given.

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    On the other issues of the day:

    Always be cautious of buying redundant players from the top PL clubs.

    JC was promised when he became Caretaker HC that his continued employment by the club would be ensured. However in everyones best interests his position as assistant to the first team can not remain, as he would not be able to hold his tongue and will clash with the new HC and disturb the team even further.

  • 19 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM


    we have wasted loads of money in the last few seasons loaning players in take Remy’s fee and wages and chucky, ldj and we could have bought the striker we needed and not riviere

  • 20 firebug666 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    I see Joey Barton is telling Austin Newcastle is NOT the place for him.

  • 21 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Barton warns Austin not to join NUFC as they are unstable.

    Cheers Joey lad but everyone can see that no need to put the boot in.

  • 22 firebug666 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    SSN just said McClaren to be announced in the next 48 hours.

    So tomorrow then.

  • 23 Ron Knee // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    You read the Sunderland Echo???

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    “Schteve McClaren”

    His Dutch accent was comical but that just makes him sound like Sean Connery. Lets just hope he is given a licence to thrill….bom bom….see what I did!

  • 25 Ron Knee // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Sorry! That was intended for firebug.

  • 26 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM


    No he should be sacked or moved as far away as possible from the first team.

    If Schteeve needs a local I’ll lend him my dog, it knows Sammy can take corners and it doesn’t attack fans.

  • 27 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Ron knee

    No the link to the shields gazette lol

  • 28 jimmysmith // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Fug off Joey ya cnut. I thought you were one of us. We need him, ya rotten Judas! Blimey!

  • 29 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Barton and unstable sounds about right.

    Did he not hear our esteemed leader saying that we are looking to ‘bolt on a horse’, presumably we will need a proper stable for that.

  • 30 firebug666 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Ron Knee

    Nah, just trawling through Newsnow. But if it’s any consolation it’s in the Shields Gazette too.

  • 31 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Bamford and Wilson on loan. Is this a joke?
    It seems we dont have alot of money in the coffers to actually buy players.
    If Bullshitter Mike was being truthful, there is no need to target players on loan, but its Ashley we are talking about.

  • 32 Ron Knee // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    No need to wash your eyes out with soap and water then!

  • 33 geordie157 // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    McLaren may raid Derby for a player but I don’t think it will be Will Hughes, I think he’d try and sign Jeff Hendrick who is a box to box player.

    I hope he’s allowed to bring in steele, Simpson and clark to boost our replace our existing coaches. Don’t think we’ll be getting rid of carver but surely we can give stone and woodman the boot. If stone was good we’d have wingers who have at least improved their crossing and woodman surely would have improved kruls distribution or presence in the box when coming for crosses/ corners.

  • 34 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM


    Spot on buddy, we have wasted millions on loans, at least with Remy his goals kept us up and we got some Mo ey back from him being here through finishing higher. The other 2 were just a blatant waste of money!!

  • 35 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Carver should go,but i think Carr will find a place for him somewhere,maybe tea boy.
    Good idea about your dog, sounds like BGT material lol

  • 36 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Thomas Ince did well for derby on loan, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mc went in for him if he has a say on transfers.

    As for Barton, can’t exactly disagree with what he says us, we are an unstable club and after this window the gloves will come off especially if we don’t get the right people in.

  • 37 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    our toon

    remy wasn’t a waste I just think the cash could have been used better for him

    all we do is plug the hole from season to season reality is we still have not replaced ba it is why were in the mess were in

  • 38 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Barton is being honest,lets face it.
    He,s only advising Austin on his future.
    Ive lost count how many times fans have said exactly what Barton has said,so lets stop being all defensive.

  • 39 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:41 AM


    I agree with you, it’s just baffling why we would want to waste money on loan fees and wages and not keep that aside for permanent signings.

  • 40 jimmysmith // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Yeah, I was basically joking, but Jesus stay out of it Joey. We’ll end up with Carlton Cole!

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Elsewhere on Merseyside, René Meulensteen and Pako Ayestarán are both being touted as potential replacements for the Liverpool assistant manager’s job after Brendan Rodgers’s No2 Colin Pascoe was thrown under the bus. Ayestarán looks the favourite to work alongside Rodgers, having previously worked at the club under Rafael Benítez,

    But we are stuck with the best coach in the league!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Good move to loan Arma

  • 43 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    our toon

    a lot gets said on Ashley plundering the club
    but it makes no sense its not the reason he does things

    we baulked at paying a few extra mill for bony Lacazette and yet we could have sold bony for a lot by now and next year we would have been looking at selling Lacazette at double what we paid as well
    not hiring a manager has cost close to 10 mill

    I don’t what Ashleys end game with us but its not cash cos we could have made lots more

    will McLaren get a nice new sd brolly

  • 44 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    “only appointment?”

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    Do Digest have you on commission?

  • 46 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Liverpool missing a trick not appointing John Carver as assistant to Rodgers…. can only imagine the conversations…both as deluded as each other it’d be a marriage made in heaven

  • 47 kevymartins // Jun 9, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    It’s convenient that McClaren is announced the same time that the transfer window opens on most parts of the world. I think it opens today the 9th. Time to get to work nufc Austin seems intrested sign him up and put a pritty bow on him for us.

  • 48 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Beermonkey – the policy is not making it, but spending as little as possible money.

    Rotonda heights – do you know if Colin Pascoe would be a good option at NUFC?

  • 49 archaeomag // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    ** Walley with a W@nga Brolly – is more his style.

  • 50 kevymartins // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Sitting here in the hospital just after getting scan done thinking should I save my kid a lot of pain and misery in the future and let the inlaws drill Liverpool into him instead of me nufc. What in the world has this football club become.

  • 51 nala reraehs // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Could do worse i suppose.

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    HAHA no Rotonda its my fav source and I’ve not been up long

  • 53 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Theres a few Derby players I bet McLaren will be looking at in terms of who can improve the squad. We need more than anyone at Derby County can offer in our starting 11 but players like Jeff Hendrick, Craig Bryson and Will Hughes would offer something interms of back up to the first team.
    Be shocked if he doesn’t move for Chris Martin as back up striker aswell. Was such a big player for McLaren and they struggled when he was out

  • 54 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM


    Transfers can start taking place today but most existing contracts run until the 30th of June, so therefore more players are signed after that latter date.

  • 55 barkel // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM


    Transfer window doesn’t open until 1st July officially. I’m pretty sure clubs can agree to buy/sell players at any time but it can only be registered during the window

  • 56 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Aghhh Joey what are you doing man, I suppose he is right in a way like and won’t stitch his pal up.

    Has he not heard that Mikey has turned over a new leaf? Hahaha.

  • 57 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM


    Are you hoping to identify and isolate the NUFC Supporters’ gene?

  • 58 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Got a small feeling McLaren won’t be announced on his own. Not sure why but if Bishop is still advising the board (and he is!) then I can’t see it. He’s too unpopular a choice with the fan base! Can see him being announced alongside a player! I’m guessing they were pinning their hopes on that player being Ings?
    An appointment of McLaren at say the same time as announcing Charlie Austin’s signing would sure deflect a lot of negativity

  • 59 kevymartins // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    @lindisfarne yea being a nufc fan is depressing as hell and I wouldn’t wish it on nobody lol the good old days from when I was growing up watching Laurent Robert Alan Shearer Nobby Solano are long gone.

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    This is the right kind of player we need

  • 61 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    From the mag

  • 62 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    “‘’It was sad to Steve go,’’ said Bent. ‘’He was the one that brought me to the club in the first place. He’s a fantastic coach as well as a manager and I wish him all the best.’’

    ‘’He’s been at top, top jobs and coached some of the best players in the world. I’m sure he’s the right man for the job.’’

    ‘’I think I came on a lot under Steve so it’s sad to see him go,’’ said Forsyth. ‘’Steve brought on my game to a different level just by playing regular and with his coaching which helped me develop. I would say that defensively was the main area where I improved. Having played further forward before, to move back to full-back, he helped me defensively. He has a reputation for being a good defensive coach and I’d vouch for that.

    ‘’I’d probably say he turned me into an international player along with playing regularly in the Championship and in a good team.’’

    If McClaren is allowed to focus purely on the coaching side, then he will potentially bring the current Newcastle players on enormously. However, he will know as much as anyone just how much pressure he will be under to get positive results from day one on Tyneside.

    He was sacked from his job at Derby for finishing in eighth, but can still boast a win percentage higher than Brian Clough in his time at the Rams, with 54.26 percent.

    McClaren is first and foremost a coach. In his role as head coach, he will be left to do what he does best and will hopefully get the chance to prove some critics wrong.

    If he’s allowed to coach the team in his own way, which includes having people around him that he can trust, then it wouldn’t be a surprise for Newcastle supporters to see the abilities that helped him mastermind FC Twente’s first Eredivisie title in their history.”
    (taken from HITC website)

  • 63 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:19 AM


    Aye, I think SSN have cocked there earlier article up. They have now went back to saying in the next 48 hrs.

  • 64 lesh // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM


    You’ve left it late for the pub – Wetherspoon’s have been open since 7am!

  • 65 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    BArton you prick

  • 66 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    De ja vue for Ben Arfa, not only starting at the club he started at 6 months ago. But looking slim, fit and hoping to put all his woes behind him. Shall we do a sweep stake to guess his weight by the end of the season?

  • 67 Average_Contents // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM


    I have exactly the same conundrum. They bought him a Liverpool kit at 6 months old. I went out and got the northern Rock one straight away.

    I used to teach him the songs, tell him about the history and even sat their watching shearer banging them in with him (bearing in mind he was only 4/5 at the time and wasn’t really interested)

    I Haven’t done anything of the kind for ages. Last song was the Cisse one lol

    He’s in year 1 now and most of his mates support Everton so I think he’s leaning towards them.

    Still, my support and affection for nufc will not allow that to happen.

    Unlucky son. Your doomed to wallow in the greatness of nufc the same as me. He just doesn’t know it yet 😉

  • 68 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Barton is only stating true facts, Austin would better his career else where if he wants to keep his international place.

    But if he wants a stepping stone club what better place than Newcastle United Business Front.

  • 69 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Sorry did I say Newcastle UNITED Business Front!

    I meant Newcastle Club Business Front!

  • 70 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Of course it would put some sugar in the blandness of his appointment if his first words,at the presser were ” Hello everybody, very pleased to be sitting here with a £60m transfer budget, and to begin with, I’d like to mention I’ve kicked Carver out into the car park, and the rest of them are sorting through the bib box at the academy. Any questions?”

  • 71 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Be interesting to see if McLaren opts to try and bring in any players he’s managed previously!
    Chris Martin and Jeff Hendrick were his top men at Derby whilst Brian Ruiz was on another planet when he managed him at Twente! Still only 29 and on a free transfer.
    Saw some linking us to the Danish centreback he had at Twente, Andreas Bjelland… (not a good name for opposition songs)
    Interestingly he’s rarely bought players he’s coached before at different clubs in the past although at Wolfsburg and Forest he had less than 100% say in who came and went…
    Im interested to see how certain players come on under him. In particular, Perez, Vuckic, Bigirimana and Lascelles. He’s got a lot of previous of getting players to play 2 or 3 marks out of 10 above their natural ability. At Twente he had Orlando Engelaar playing like a cyborg, Bryan Ruiz also looked like Rivaldo in that side! Neither have looked half the player in moves since although interestingly both got big money moves off the back of playing in Mclarens twente!

  • 72 Average_Contents // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    The daughters a lost cause though I’m afraid.

    She’s only 4 and loves her grandad so hangs on his every word. Liverpool for her but if I’m carrying her down the stairs I touch the ceiling above and shout howay the lads.

    Occasionally I will chant black n white army. Very rarely and mostly out of the blue.

    She’s getting the new Liverpool kit and they said they’d get my son the new Newcastle one. No fcuking chance. I said they can get him a retro kit but the ball and chain’s having none of it “he’s not wearing an old kit” tried explaining it’ll look great but she’s not having it. I’ll keep plugging away.

    Scratch that. New job, more money. I’ll do what I want.

    I’ll do what I want
    do what I waaaant
    fcuk you pissflap
    I’ll do what I want 😀

  • 73 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    If what Barton was saying didn’t have a ring of truth to it then we’d just laugh it off. Sucks coz it’s sound advice. Hopefully he’ll ignore it and come anyway ????????

  • 74 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Interestingly aswell, That Dutch accent interview….
    He actually recorded the first run of that interview speaking in his normal accent, he was asked by the Twente press officer to do it again in this Dutch style accent as most Dutch people speak English but it’s hard for them to follow our accents whereas what McLaren did made it easy for them to understand him.
    Feel for him a bit on this because it looks absolutely ridiculous and makes him look a clown in this country! But he was just obliging the request of Twentes PO.

  • 75 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:47 AM


    its been dragging the announcement of McLaren so I tend to agree with you they want a couple of high profile players in the door and then they can claim they wanted to come here due to McLaren

    unlike our very own sissoko who went WHO never heard of him

    I reckon not appointing some1 back in jan and carver staying and the general negativity that surrounds the club there having trouble getting players in

  • 76 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Bartons being a bit naughty actually, shame he couldn’t feel for the club enough to resist giving his old employer a kick in the ‘ nads. Instability? Not really. it’s still a great club to go to if you want pl footy and regular game time. If you want instability, have some conversation time with poor old Joey.

  • 77 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    lindis @48

    My jack russell would be a better assistant than carver. Often thought he’d be a terrier in midfield too. I’ll get my coat…

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM


    barton mentioning instability did raise a smile.

  • 79 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    There’s more to Shearer’s comment than meets the eye, he knows something. Austin is a done deal.

  • 80 davetoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Can’t remember if someone posted this a few weeks back when it was on but if you havent listened yet – its well worth it.

    George Caulkin talks about Newcastle and the current ownership. Skip to about 21 mins in

  • 81 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Can’t get any of my lasses interested. Strange that they don’t want to stay up till 2am to watch the games or get up at 4am depending Om when we play. The madness is not hiredatary I guess. At least they aren’t supporting anyone else though. Will be making sure that they don’t bring any plastic Chelsea or Man U fans home in a few years time!!

  • 82 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    @Beermonkey – I agree! I put this down to Charnley’s inexperience rather than Ashley though on this instance.
    John Carver speaks a really good game. My personal feeling is that Charnley bought into his crap (I think we all did in the first 2 weeks, with the talk of attacking football, building the team round Cabella etc)
    I think even with the appointment of McLaren, Charnley has bought into what Carr has said rather than interviewed and checked backgrounds etc…
    It’s entirely possible that Charnley isn’t or wasn’t a long time football fan or has that much love or knowledge of the game. He is the youngest MD in the premier league also, and the lowest paid, honestly think he’s probably excellent in business management and its another instance of Ashley treating running a football club the same as a regular business which is the root of all problems hes had with Newcastle united.

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Jun 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    jayphoto at 73

    Interesting to hear that given as a reason. Have to say on the surface old Shteve does seem quite an amiable and pleasant chap, much more so than pardew and the cretinuous oaf carver.

  • 84 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I imagine there would be tens of thousands of fans wanting some sort of event to attend at St James to welcome Steve McClaren, overjoyed at such an exciting appointment. Let’s hope the club gives them that opportunity – the fans deserve no less. Personally, I am just as excited as when Glen Roeder got the job. What a wonderful thing it is to be a Newcastle supporter.

  • 85 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Sunderland spent 30 m £ on Wickham, Fletcher, Altidore/Defore and that got them 35 Premier League goals.

    Our loans Chucky, Remy, L.De Jong 4,9 m £ = 14 goals
    Cisse, Ba 11 m £ – Ba sold at 7.5 m £ = 64 goals
    Perez, Riviere, S.De Jong 15 m £ = 9 goals

    23.5 m £ = 87 goals.

  • 86 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM


    until we change how we are run and employ a proper dof and some1 who knows how exploit our own brand
    were not going to move on

  • 87 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    @rotondta – yeah actually when he did it it was regarded as a successful publicity stunt and was appreciated with Twente fans applauding the consideration.
    Bet he wishes he hadn’t done it now like 🙂

  • 88 Average_Contents // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM


    That’s my only crumb of comfort if they don’t support the toon – at least they wouldn’t be supporting manure, Chelsea or the like. Not much of a crumb more of a speck tbh but at least it’s something 😉

    I’d still be devastated though. More about my lad than my daughter if truth be told because as I said she likes anything her grandad likes and there’s nothing I can do about it 🙁

    Feel cruel subjecting him to the toon but it has to be done

  • 89 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    No idea what to expect from Mclaren… his Middlesboro team were pretty dire to watch, I make a point of not judging England managers at England, his Twente team played really attractive stuff and his Wolfsburg team were criticised for being too attacking and leaked goals…
    His Derby team played like the championship equivalent of Arsenal… who really know’s what we’ll end up playing, I think in truth he looks to play to the strengths of the players he has, in our case who knows what strengths they are. Better than Pardew who just tried to force square pegs into round holes and wouldn’t adapt the system to suit….

  • 90 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    For the time being, while nowt’s happening at NUFC, let old Blackley lead the call to bring back Pokat.

  • 91 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Schteeve Spotted over SJP×512.jpeg

  • 92 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Ayew joining Swansea

  • 93 Klam3r // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Linked with Veton Berisha. Good in the norwegian league but not good enough for EPL and Newcastle. He is NOT a new Ayoze.

  • 94 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Apparently Swansea have jumped ahead of us AGAIN for signing a player.
    Ayew due to sign for the Swans.
    I doubt we were ever in the race to sign him.

  • 95 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    The blog has more chance of getting Pokat back than NUFC has of making any decent signings.

  • 96 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    He never went Blackley. So how did you get on ruminating over my point that you pick arguments with posters over their lack of proof to back up their statements, while blazing your own posts with unsubstantiated opinion? Penny dropped yet?

  • 97 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Anyone heard of him?

  • 98 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:29 PM


    I feel for ya… my son, almost nine, has played soccer since age 4, and he asked me if he was signed for manure, would I support him versus the toon?

    my reply was simply, ill cheer for you, but never that club, for 36 matches, but you better fake a stomach bug when you face NUFC… and no, im not wearing the plastic fan shirt either…. even if your name is on the back….

  • 99 Klam3r // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM


    Yes. A norwegian talent in a horrible league. This is the league where Solskjaer and Solbakken starred as managers and where the smallest technical ability makes you exotic…

    He has some talent but he’s not gonna set us on fire. He is quite small, smart runs into dangerous positions and plays as a striker/winger. I think he would be best in a 433.

  • 100 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    and speaking of the one other thing I cannot stand…. there’s blackley, the village idiot…

  • 101 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Nope, and he doesn’t look that impressive based on his youtube clips.

  • 102 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    two contrasting views hmmmm pass

  • 103 Klam3r // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Then again… We produced Martin Odegaard so I might be wrong 😀
    And no… Veton is no Martin.

  • 104 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Well Bilic has been confirmed as West Ham manager

  • 105 Klam3r // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    We should sign Blackley as a holding midfielder. He could be our new Keane. He’d come cheap too and that’s always welcome.

  • 106 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:42 PM

  • 107 WLtoon // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM


    Just heard the Caulkin interwiew and its no surprise that people think of the club the way they do.
    I think there will be many more neutrals wanting us relegated next season simply bcos of the way the club is run.

  • 108 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM


  • 109 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Don’t feel bad. You doing him a big service. What could life possibly throw at the little fella that could compare to the continual devastation of supporting the Toon? It’s character building and he’ll be stronger for it. HWTL !!

  • 110 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Pokat was better than Tsunki.

    As for unsubstantiated opinion, old Blackley doesn’t rise to the bait. What you’re saying is a generalisation. I’m happy to deal with specifics if you’ve got examples.

    This started because OurToon was supporting his view that Colback was poor with “evidence” that only two clubs were interested in him. How could he know that?

    I suppose you’re peeved too at my comment that matchgoers can judge a player better than tv viewers, who have a little window on the game that follows the ball around?

  • 111 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Demba Ba had Bilic at Besiktas.

    McClaren vs Bilic again with Ba and Carroll upfront.

  • 112 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:02 PM


    also, chicks dig scars, and no better scars than emotional ones lol… 😉

  • 113 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Spot on. If watching on TV was as good as being at the ground nobody would go to the games. I know my preference but I can’t afford the airfare every week.

  • 114 Graeme // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    TFL @ 107 At an asking price of £20 million, I just cant see it. Charlie Austin seems far more likely.

  • 115 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Has anyone else been confirmed as staying or going?

  • 116 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Graeme get em both in

  • 117 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    “”In terms of utter witlessness and appallingness of football I am going to say Newcastle. Because they have ceased to be a football club in any meaningful sense of the word. It brings me pain to say that it is a disgusting football club at the moment, it is unpleasant to be around and they’ve let this, completely self inflicted, let this season drift.

    Alan Pardew leaving [then] leaving this five week limbo while they looked at other Managers. Then giving it to the bloke that already had it and everything has tailed off from that position. They were 11th as recently as feb/march. Its not just a failure of football, although it is a huge failure of football. Its a failure of model, its a failure of planning, its a failure of emotion in the sense that it has become a football club completely divorced from its followers. Divorced from the media, divorced from the city and divorced from institutions.

    In the sense of what we think that old fashioned football clubs should be, it has stopped being a football club.””

    George Caulkin

  • 118 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Well if the regime wanted to make a statement that would be one hell of a good start!!!
    Nice to dream eh?

  • 119 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    oh aye canny deffo

  • 120 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Blackley no you are dead on regarding the view of match goers they get a better all round view of players especially off the ball which is where a big chunk of the work is. However I don’t rate Colback that highly as his ethic is fine, but his product is insubstantial. I doubt he’ll improve dramatically and we could do better. I’ve no doubt he likes being here though and will always try hard. That’s an opinion only.

    No, my point is that we are all inconsistent, so it’s a dangerous game to play the high hand in criticising someone for his erroneous addition of two with two. We all do it. But to then select a random argument using your incredulity of a certain belief is no way to illustrate fact as a bolster to an argument is it? I’d like to see your proof if that’s possible.

  • 121 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Caulkin needs a shot of positivity and a few14 hour days building a dream squad on Fifa 2015 to give him a more informed outlook.

  • 122 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    I’ll pass on my regards to Pokat though, he will be pleased 🙂

  • 123 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    So who’s this Caulkin kid. Wasn’t he home alone. Shoulda stayed there!!
    Again truth hurts. Oh let the promises be true so we can get back to where we belong and shut all these loud mouthed @ssoles up. Talk about kick ya when Ye down. Tw@ts!! Breathe lass breathe, woo sah woo sah (rubbing ears)

  • 124 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Can we lace that positivity shot with battery acid? Sorry if that’s harsh but I’m loosing patience with all these Toon Bashers never with anything constructive to say.

  • 125 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Canny in Canberra

    Say something positive then. Sorry I can not remember what you write through the night.

  • 126 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

  • 127 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    I have met George.
    He is widely regarded as a man of huge integrity who has been around Newcastle since before some of us were hatched.
    If I could choose between counting him or Mike Ashley as a friend, I would choose George.
    So I am happy to be counted in his camp, even if that means attracting your articulate scorn.

  • 128 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    how on earth west ham landed slaven bilic while we have not gone for anyone other than mclaren?

  • 129 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    I usually am quite positive. Just hurting I guess. I do think that any change right now can only be positive based on how low we have gotten. SM may not be everyone’s first choice but if that’s who then that’s who. Not like we have a great deal of say in anything that happens. The crowd at the last game lifted those lads though. Even a TV viewer could see that (blackey) and even though my voice isn’t in that ground singing I’m willing them on, screaming at the telly with every fibre of my being!! Telling the neighbours to do one when they telling me to keep it down.

  • 130 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Caulkin is a good guy and also met him. His articles are mostly spot on and informed unlike many opinions on here 😉

  • 131 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Oh, and bring back Pokat, this Tsunki character is far too nice!

  • 132 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Careful Mactoon careful 🙁

  • 133 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Band B
    My sincerest apologies I did overstep and am big enough to admit it. Gut reaction from feeling like being under attack. I’m sure that if he is who you say then he is hurting too and notice I did not disagree with what he said just stinging from it being said.

  • 134 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    It’s good to have another voice of reason back on the blog though Tsunki. As your “experiment” showed, it’s easy to pretend on here and wind people up or troll decent contributors.
    Always been the case though. It was worse before Ed introduced logins.

  • 135 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Tiote wants McClaren

  • 136 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Am I missing something?
    Is Pokat & Tsunki the same person?

  • 137 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Oh, and did I mention spamming (using) Ed’s blog to promote other sites 😉

    OK, got my coat ……………

  • 138 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM


    Do you play Fifa 2015 for 14 hours a day?
    You have nothing to apologise for. It’s a blog.
    People have different opinions, thank goodness.

  • 139 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t think they can sugarcoat the appointment of SM enough to get more than half the fan-base behind them.

    They can announce all the players they want it won’t do them any good. If Bishop was any good he would have made the perfectly clear to Charmless!

    The thing is we need someone to take fall for last seasons mess and we need to see they are doing something about it…something the fan-base can get behind!

    An idea if you will! Something that inspire hope 🙂 Is SM suppose to be that guy? What will happen to Carver and how many screw ups are Charmless allowed?

  • 140 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Band B
    No, no FIFA, like most people I have to work. Even if I had a spare 14 hours a week I wouldn’t be spending it playing FIFA. This lads retired I’m guessing.?

  • 141 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    If that dig is at me MacToon as I have explained before I am a disabled guy with a lot of time on my hands. I love Newcastle United and I share some Articles I think people are interested in. So knackers to you!!!!

  • 142 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Oh and I apologised because I don’t post things on here with the intention of upsetting people. I react and not always very well. I felt like you had taken offence and an apology was in order.

  • 143 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Steve Black sports psychologist has said he can help the team / club get on the same wavelength as the fans using psychoanalysis.

    I suggest we let him practice on wor Blackley. He’ll find enough material there for an entire conference.

  • 144 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Toon from leeds sorry mate I know it’s confusing but it’s a bit of a (yawwn) story but it was my personal vendetta against multiple personality posters. Not sure if it worked though. 🙂

  • 145 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM


    You are the one with the strong opinions on him. Why not Google him, then you won’t have to guess?

  • 146 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    All Jonas and R.Taylor fault and yeah Irvine and his assistant.

  • 147 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Canny in Canberra

    I can only imagine your lung capacity and the loudness of your support. Something is better than nothing and expectation is apparently unjustified……damn I was attempting to be positive……a strong fiscal grasp is what we have to be proud of, although stimulated largely by digital media.

  • 148 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    TFL, I’m guessing most people here are now aware of what you’re about regarding links so why not just link the site to your name through this site’s settings. Then you can tell us the news? Then the people who come here can chose if they want to go to the other site for the full story by clicking your name?.
    I do not understand what your circumstances have to do with it as I’m sure we all have stories to tell tbh. No offence intended.

  • 149 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Well thanks for that Mactoon. Everyone usually just tells me to belt up so that’s a refreshing change.

  • 150 Belfast // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    That’s my coat you’ve got Mactoon.

  • 151 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:09 PM


    quiet you! 🙂

  • 152 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    bythe way tsunki, this blog is dying for one of your lists about who we need to bring in 🙂

  • 153 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Ahh shut it Skunki!

    Anyway, said enough for this month –

  • 154 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    MacToon I’m Unnsure how to do many things and I do not post articles from the same site although I do show many from one as it is my favourite source but I love the banter on here

    Tsunki hope your experiment worked

  • 155 MacToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Could tell it was your coat Belfast as it has deep pockets and smells of fish!

  • 156 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    I’ll do you a deal, if my links don’t interest you then ignore them but please don’t have a go. I do hope I contribute in one way or other.

  • 157 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    While a strong fiscal position is good it means nothing unless used in a way to propell the club up the league with a view to winning things. That is after all the point of all this or are we falling back on the old adage of ” it’s not the winning its the taking part” and don’t forget ” making a tidy profit for the tight fisted football hating owner”

  • 158 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Checked out a few of your links today. Nice work. You just do you and enjoy

  • 159 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    No announcement today. Discussions still ongoing about back room staff.

    Let’s hope Schteve makes a strong stance and clears out Charver and his CRonies.

  • 160 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    I don’t get it with now most fans excited about SM becoming head coach?

    You’s do realize he’s another defensive coach that plays direct style football right?

    Pardew mark 3!

  • 161 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Thanks Canny

  • 162 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Ill put money on it that Carver, Stone and Woodman won’t get the boot.

  • 163 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Nezza……….. Not according to former players eg. Gazza, Bent, Southgate ,Neville etc.

    Still you know best!

  • 164 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    My bet: Carver reverts to a coach, Stone reverts to either u21 or u18 coach and Woodman leaves and McLaren brings in an Assistant and a Goalkeeping coach.
    No manager ever would go somewhere without choosing their own assistant. If you can’t choose your own players and your job is solely judged on player development then you can’t be expected to working with staff you didn’t want or choose…. especially when they have failed so badly in the past

  • 165 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Gazza has did a cracking interview on talksport this morning. He is hilarious him like. I can’t wait to get that new film he has did. Quality player he was.

  • 166 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    News floating around at mo sounds good that Stone AND Carver will get the bullet today

  • 167 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Carver and Stone will lose jobs at #nufc today. More to follow on @TelegraphSport

  • 168 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:47 PM


    we will all know first hand when he comes here, all the other clubs he was at he played direct football

  • 169 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:52 PM


    also I would like to mention that managers and players mentioned that Pardew was a very good manager at Newcastle!

  • 170 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM


    If this were to happen it would be a big plus towards MA & LC

  • 171 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    @NezzaNUFC – all his clubs played direct football? His Derby side played almost tiki-taka. Lots of small technical players, lots of passes and energy.
    Also his Twente side most definitely didn’t play long ball or direct. You get nowhere in eredivisie playing like that. They played a pure dutch 4-3-3.
    Come to think of it I don’t think Middlesboro played direct, they just played very very deep but he seems to have evolved since then.
    Derby were the most attractive side I saw last year

  • 172 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Deffo Nezza

  • 173 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    I reckon Austin will sign for Liverpool soon they are getting some stick about the situation with Ings.

  • 174 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:57 PM


    I really can’t see what the case for allowing Carver and Stone to remain in place is.
    To keep them would be to send out the most depressing “business as usual” message.
    Compromise can’t surely involve sticking rigidly to your guns believing the fans will just lower their expectations even further to accommodate you.
    To have the remotest chance, McClaren has to be free of their influence and presence. This has to be the minimum first step.

  • 175 toonbrother // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Welcome home stevie Mac
    Great things are about to happen at SJP

  • 176 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    Boro played direct football under SM, so did Derby and Twente but not the kind of direct style Pardew and Carver had ( hoofball/longball )

  • 177 jayphoto // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Apparently Carver and Stone are gone!

  • 178 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    It’s official (I think)

  • 179 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Guys don’t get my hopes up ( I can’t stop smiling )

  • 180 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    With them 2 ( hopefully ) gone that leads to Woodman getting signed by Palace.

    Win win for us 🙂

  • 181 SuperShearer // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Telegraph aren’t really a publication to make these sort of things up. Looks like Carver and Stone both gone. The strange thing is why would you sack them for McClaren but not bigger coach?

  • 182 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    We can only hope this is true and has come about as the result of McClaren refusing to work with them and wanting to bring in his own staff.
    Question is, if they would cave in for McClaren, why not for Garde?

  • 183 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    It’s on sky sports news so sounds good

  • 184 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    There gone. Breaking news

  • 185 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    It’s showing on skysports

  • 186 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM



  • 187 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    BandB……… Apparently Garde was deemed suspect with regards to working under intense pressure.

  • 188 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Lee Charnley on phone to JC “John your sacked, pass the phone to Steve………..”

  • 189 BrightonMag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Later JC!!! Made my day that has

  • 190 NezzaNUFC // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM



  • 191 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    At fcukin last. A decision made on someone’s merits or lack of.

    Don’t let’s get too optimistic though . I can’t imagine that. Charred Ash. Have seen the light.

  • 192 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM


    …….or any of the other 80-odd applicants.
    I am very relieved to see them go, not least because they were still second favourites for the job.
    However, I’m trained to always ask the next question.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! is for the politicians.

  • 193 magicbus // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Carver and Stone leave Newcastle. SSN

  • 194 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Must be a canny little pay off for them.

    Well, a new coaching team coming in. Lets hope the board backs them with a squad capable of pushing the club on.

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