Former Striker – Supporters Will Be Right Behind McClaren

The announcement of Steve McClaren as the new head coach and his new coaching team could be announced at any time, and with an announcement having just been released about John Carver and Steve Stone leaving the club, the stage is now set for the announcement of McClaren.

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Mick Quinn – Steve’s a clever guy
And former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn seems to like the way McClaren sets up his teams and plays good football, although like the rest of us you cannot accuse the former Middlesbrough manager of having a stellar record in management as he arrives at Newcastle

This is what Mick has told the Chronicle today:

“The positive for me is that I like the way his teams play football and I think he’s a clever guy.”

“I like the brand of football his teams play and I think he’ll try to get more out of a whole load of players who have struggled to really show their best in the last couple of seasons.”

“I know there’s a bit of skepticism about the appointment from a few fans and I think I’d have liked to see Patrick Vieira at least get the chance to set out his vision.”

“It would have been very interesting to see what he’d have planned – but I am willing to give the new man a chance.” “And I think that whatever you hear said about the McClaren appointment, come the first day of the season the supporters will be right behind him.”

“It’s almost a given that you get a chance at Newcastle and he’ll get a fair crack of the whip if he goes about things the right way. These are interesting times for Newcastle.”

“They needed a change and they’ve got it.”

Steve should be able to get the best out of a lot of players who performed very poorly this year under John Carver as the head coach, and with maybe five or six new players coming in, we should do a lot better next season than we’ve had  over the last three seasons.

It will be interesting to see which players Newcastle let go this summer, and Steve McClaren will have some say in that.

And it will be important that Steve has the support of the Newcastle fans from day one, even though he’s not the exciting coach we would have liked to come in.

Steve’s an experienced coach who knows that he’s doing, and the 54 year-old can get the best out of the playing squad – and that cannot be too bad.

Comments welcome.

141 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Now Quinn’s comments must be genuine. He’s shown that he’s not one to push the Club line and has been vociferous in his criticism of it.

    There’s hope yet. Anything from Shearer yet?

  • tweaked

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    would love to see shearer as assistant manager, think that will bring the pride out of all our players wearing the black and white.. will back mclaren as we have nothing more to lose

  • JDdubai

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Feeling quite positive, happy to give McClaren a chance to prove himself, noly fair. Happier still with JC and Stone leaving.

    If, and its a big if i know, we could get Austin, a top strong CB and then a few more then id be inclined to believe things may slowly be changing.

    Id also get rid of sissoko alrerady, sick and tired of him pushing moves to anyone in the CL, its getting as embarrassing as JC pushing his claim to be manager.

    Just feck off Moussa, clearly he doesnt want to be here so just get rid, replace with someone who dies want to be here.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4


    I not sure shearer will want to leave the motd studio

    but its time the club made peace with him and had him in doing some part time coaching of our strikers and some ambassadorial work for the club

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    In my dreamland situation we would have;

    Klopp as Head Coach
    Patrick Viera as Assistant
    Alan Shearer as a Strikers Coach
    Scriknk / Given as Goalkeeping Coach
    Solano Set-piece Coach
    Les Ferdinand coaching the Development squad
    Ginola as Director of Football and Ambassador.

    All that is possible in reality but it will never happen as it would mean a properly run club, run by quality personnel that love the club and the deciding factor for Ashley is that it will cost him Money!!

    So sad that it can become a reality but Ashley will never show that much ambition.

    Give me those changes instead of a whole new team any day of the week.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    *pavel srnicek

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    i think its a good appointment,

    HE WILL get more out of our players, he will also have us playing much better football, trying to win games instead of settling for a draw from kick off, hoping that one of our player will snatch something from nothing like the previous regimes

  • Toonfan8

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    go for Austin,van Ginkel,Richards,van Dijk…these 4 and Darlow,Lascelles…and thats 6 new players, three CB and in Richards RB cover, that should sorte out our defence. Then if Tiote goes, bring one DM and must bring another striker and winger….
    GK: Krul, Darlow
    LB: Haidara, (Dummet)
    RB: Janmaat, (Richards)
    CB: van Dijk, Richards, Lascelles, Collocini, Saylor, Dummet
    CM: van Ginkel, Colback, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Abeid
    AM/WG: de Jong, Aarons, Cabella, Marveaux, S. Ameobi, new winger
    FW/SC: Austin, Peréz, Cisse, Riviere, new forward
    this squad is strong enough….and should bring exciting football back

  • Toonfan8

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Janmaat,Richards,van Dijk,Haidara…
    …..Sissoko…van Ginkel…Colback……
    ………………… Jong…………………….
    or counter attacking side………………

    janmaat,richards,van dijk,haidara
    sissoko…….van ginkel………aarons

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    now we will be a top 8 team

  • beermonkey

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11


    long way to go before we are top 8 getting rid of carver and co is a great first step

    we need some players there is no point starting the season with willo and colo

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Listen he’s a step up from Pardew and about 6 leagues up from carver & co.

    Oh btw, so long John, and thanks for all the cringing anecdotes.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Course if Mike doesn’t allow Charlady to sign off on a squad purge and buy some decent players, he’s going to be another fall guy in relegation problems.

  • hibbit

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    i still think we need a top DoF to make the head coach system work

  • AndySco

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    I know Steve Harpers father in law and he says that Harper is looking to come back to newcastle as a goalkeeper coach. He’d be good to have back at the club!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Colo is on his bike to Argentina me thinks. If not we should fill the tank for him and tell him to F-off! Willo should be kept only as a squad player.

    Austin, Richards and Van Dijk should be our first three signings ASAP. Then the rest of the signings should follow.

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    beer M

    you know what , I think the squad is not as bad as some make out, I think we have some very bad players , Williamson and obertan , but most of our players problems are more about confidence than ability, played out of position just doing a job for the team, but with no real goal for the team , other than passing, it’s easy to see why players and fans have lost the confidence.

    give them a chance to surprise you , and under Mac I think they will

  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Well we all know if Quinn thought he was a pile of Bollocks Quinn would say Hey he’s a pile of bollocks. Just confirms my decided stance of give the Dude a chance. Lots of changes and it’s too soon too tell how it’s gonna turn out. Exciting if a bit scary. This may all go pair shaped again at a moments. Notice so let’s grab the rare opportunity and be optimistic and get some enjoyment from the club that is so fond of putting us through the wringer. Definite top 6 finish this year lads. Bet my left knacker on it.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah I’ve had it with curly locks too, I’m no toonbotherer but it’s time we said Adios to our bubble headed captain. Too many bottled matches especially derbies, and judging by our run in he’s no Mr motivator.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20


    I don’t think the team is poor and I agree that players out of position and our poor coaching hasn’t seen the best of out players

    I am expecting the team to play for 90mins and not just 10mins here and there so I am looking forward to some positive things, top 10 for me as we are but it depends on who we bring in

  • rwpoynter

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    We don’t even know it is McLaren yet! My guess is that whoever it is has made the exit of Carver and Stone a prerequisite though. Some may have wished for Viera but compared to McLaren he is an unknown quantity at managerial level. A fantastic player, but so was Gullit. There are quite a few signs already that will make coming to Newcastle as a player a more attractive prospect than it would have seemed a few weeks ago. Steve M seems to be popular with players who know him. Forget the England job, no one with the possible exception of SBR has made much of that since Alf Ramsey. I think when McLaren is in place with no Carver and Stone, new players will be easier to attract and hopefully our existing ones will be rejuvenated.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    JP I thought Prince Albert would have got a mention there….

  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Colo has apparently been wanting back home for a while so probably isn’t that motivated Yep get gone. Can’t afford passengers on this plane.
    If they ain’t 100 percent in then get them out.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    “”Klopp now plans to take a break from football to recharge his batteries but would welcome a move to England when he does make his comeback, according to his agent Marc Kosicke.””

    That re-affirms what we already know. Give it six months and he will be installed at Liverpool.

  • hibbit

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    i keep reading get rid of this one get rid of that one but till we make some signing i would not get rid of anybody we on the bare bones as it is don’t trust this lot to get replacements in

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Not sure I agree on the quality of the squad lads. First 11 to hit mid-table yes, but top 8 would have to be an incredible season and lucky with injuires.

    Too many players are not upto Premier League standard.

    We have a decent first 11 as we always have, the problems amount once injuries occur and at NUFC there is alot. The bench is always shocking once we have injuries to the 1st 11.

    If they could keep everyone fit they could have a bash at top 8 but that is never going to happen. We were very lucky when finishing 5th because we a had a solid fit team for most of the campaign.

    Drastically need to fill this squad up with 20 ready made players for this league.

    Top of the injury list this past two seasons while operating the way we do in the windows has nearly seen the club relegated.

    It’s the squad that is the problem for me.

    If this squad isn’t sorted come the start of the season organised protests should be in place from the off. There is no excuse, not with the money we have available. Even if it looks like we have stood still the protests should be ready to go.

  • hibbit

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    toon spot on mate no quality no depth always going to be a problem for any coach

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28

    JC “I’m ready for the next challenge”

    Well, that cheese is not going to scrape itself of the inside of the 24hr garage’s microwave, is it?

    Or can you say “Would you like to buy a mobile phone” in an Indian accent??

  • AncientC

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Pardew got a 5 and a half year deal when he first joined… it should be interesting to see if they go the same path with McClaren.

    I believe a 3 year deal would be more appropriate.

  • Thump

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    When’s the press conference today?

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    What annoys me about all this is that we’ve never NOT backed a manager. We backed Pardew until the losing streak and his idiocy on the touchline. We tried to back Carver until he showed he wasn’t up to the task but continued to display arrogance. I’ll back McClaren all the way until the results fail to come.
    What we won’t back is an owner continually lying to us. If you say you want to win something, or qualify for the Champions League…. then prove it. Invest in the playing squad. We’re loyal fans, we’re dedicated fans. Give us something to cheer about.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #34

    Bit of a quandary then Moussa you either play regularly here at a mid table clogger, or sit on the bench at a CL Club. Hmmm… choices, choices.

    Personally can’t see a CL club breaking the door down for you at the minute so maybe you should save the beacon interviews for a bit later on like end of next season. You haven’t had a decent run of form yet.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Agree we’ve had some balloons on here with their ‘fickle fans’ rubbish now and again, Stevie Mac will get the support, especially if we see he’s been sold down the river by Mike and Lee as per usual form. If we start the season the way we ended the last one and I mean not losing but actually no investment or change in club policy, I think the boycotts should start straight away. No messing about. Show Ashley we won’t be stalled.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36


    i think they already said it’s 4 years. do they never learn?

  • davetoon

    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    The fact that Carver & stone have gone makes me feel better about the McClaren appointment.
    I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he demanded they leave if he signed which would be a positive change for the club.
    As for Shearer – it should be a given that someone with that profile and love of the club should be around the club in some official or unofficial capacity talking to and hopefully coaching the forwards and talking to potential transfers about the club

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #38

    He’s got a big ol’ neck has wor Mickey. Looks like hes wearing a gurning tyre/ring as a necklace.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Surprised to read that Shepherd and Shearer tried to get McClaren to come to NUFC 10 years ago.

    Shearer reckons he was the best coach he had ever worked with.

    Hearing and reading lots of good things on McClaren.

    Coaching wise he seems to be excellent.

    Give him what he wants in regards to the squad.


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