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Former Striker – Supporters Will Be Right Behind McClaren

9:14 am, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 141 Comments

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.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News

141 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    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?

  • 2 tweaked // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    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

  • 3 JDdubai // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    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.

  • 4 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM


    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

  • 5 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    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.

  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    *pavel srnicek

  • 7 catchy in norway // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    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

  • 8 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    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

  • 9 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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

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

  • 10 catchy in norway // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    now we will be a top 8 team

  • 11 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:47 AM


    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

  • 12 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    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.

  • 13 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    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.

  • 14 hibbit // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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

  • 15 AndySco // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    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!

  • 16 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    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.

  • 17 catchy in norway // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    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

  • 18 Canny in Canberra // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    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.

  • 19 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    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.

  • 20 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM


    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

  • 21 rwpoynter // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    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.

  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:13 AM

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

  • 23 Canny in Canberra // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    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.

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    “”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.

  • 25 hibbit // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    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

  • 26 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    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.

  • 27 hibbit // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    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??

  • 29 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Looks like Steve Round

  • 30 AncientC // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    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.

  • 31 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    When’s the press conference today?

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Sissoko at it again

  • 33 SuperShearer // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    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.

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    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.

  • 35 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    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.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM


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

  • 37 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    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

  • 38 Toon Tang // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

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

  • 39 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Get this Black in..

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    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.

  • 41 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    TP certainly sounds promising

  • 42 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    25 MAN SQUAD (8 British Nationals)
    Players required (was ever thus):
    goal keeper
    defender x2
    striker x2

    Plus a Head Coach that will actually coach the players to perform as a team and excel in their positions (or be replaced)

    GOAL KEEPER (x3)
    The disappointing performances of the team have rubbed off on Krul and elevated his flaws, I would potentially sell him but the price would probably be low in value. Bringing in another experienced keeper like Richard Wright (out of contract) would freshen things up and provide decent competition for the first team place and Darlow will also need match practice. Elliot and Alnwick can be shipped out to the Championship and Woodman needs time in the U21 league.
    15/16: Krul, Wright(?), Darlow

    DEFENCE (x8)
    Williamson S.Taylor and Colloccini desperately need to be moved out of the club, with Dummett and Janmaat remaining as the established centre backs. Laschelle and Good are possible back up players but inexperienced, meaning two CD that has played in European competitons are required with Satka, Mbabu and Sterry going out on loan.
    15/16: Janmaat, Dummett, Haidara, Laschelle, Good, Ferguson, (Anita) and 2x new players

    MIDFIELD (x6)
    Having Tiote, Colback, Sissoko and Anita means we have adequate players. Abeid and Bigirimana are essentially surplus unless any one is sold, they should be loaned out along with Kemen, of course unless a very good offer is made. Personally I would also like to see Sammy developed into a midfielder and SMC maybe the man to do it.
    15/16: Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Anita, Abeid, Sammy

    Aarons, Cabella, de Jong they just need to perform consistenlty, avoid injuries and score more. At 19 Alex Gilliead needs to go out on loan to the Championship preferably. Marveaux and Obertan do not have a good impression on the squad and should be forcibly moved on.
    15/16: Aarons, Cabella, de Jong and 1x new player

    STRIKERS (x4)
    When Cisse has played he has scored goals and his link up play has improved slightly, but could be replaced with a better centre forward. Riviere has been a flop, is probably unsellable and will have to be played as a sub in the hope he can gain some creditability. Perez was undoubtedly the success story of last season contributing important goals, but was over used and needs further development. Whilst a good professional Gouffran is a waste of a squad place and needs replacing with an outstanding striker. Loan out Armstong to a Championship club.
    15/16: Cisse (*or other), Riviere (because we are stuck with him), Perez and Austin(?)

    Comments welcome

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    I haven’t met that many professional footballers (Beardo on the train once) so when I bumped into Sissoko at the airport last year, I’ll never forget the way he laughed and said ‘yeah’ when I asked him if he’d be here next year.

  • 44 WLtoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Ive heard nothing but possitive vibes from people who have been associated with SM and it makes me feel more positive about his appointment.
    I just hope he is backed fully,give the guy half a chance ffs.

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Players out (x9):
    S.Taylor (probably loan)

    Loans (x8):

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:28 AM


    Three year deal with a guaranteed 3 year extension if we qualify for the Champions League?

  • 47 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    @Lindisfarne not sure we can afford to be rid of 3 CBs. We have to at least keep 1 of them, maybe even 2 for back up

    Its not easy to find good centre backs with our spending budget to just slot into a premier league side that wants to win more than it loses

  • 48 Slank // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Lindisfram @ 44

    Have to agree with daveton that it is unwise to get rid of all the centre backs at the club who have premiership experience even though Dummitt is more than capable as a standin. Also we have the Forest lad but he is untried and untested at the Premiership level

    I wouldn’t put Abeid out on loan. He has nothing to prove. He is more than capable to hold his own in the first team. By contrast I would put Armstrong out on loan. His chances of playing 90 minutes may be diminishing rather quickly if a new striker is bought with Cisse, Rivière and Perez still around.

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    It’s great that McClaren is regarded as a really good coach by some, but does he need the ‘manager’ type above him to pull everyone in line and direct the vision to become successful?

    I think he’ll either do really well, or he’ll be really poor. I can’t see much middle ground.

    As for ambition, the likes of Klopp, Bielsa, Garcia would have been suitable. A manager who has been released from lower league clubs is a big warning sign. You could argue that the players aren’t as good and therefore are unable to carry out some of his tasks, however, he also had England, and we’ll leave it there.

    We were already short of players, then they’ve released a lot more. We have to sign more than half a dozen just to get back to the small squad which we had before.

    Ashley out.

  • 50 AncientC // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Lindisfarne – How about a 3 year deal, with a 1 year extension on half the wages if he doesn’t qualify for the Champions League.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I think lindisfarne is pretty spot on there. Yes we do need three first team full backs, only janmaat at present is a starter imo.

  • 52 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    But I also think Abeid has been a victim of a poor tactical setup and good old fashioned ‘ don’t like him’ attitude from the coaching staff.

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Agreed Tsunnki Abied should be staying

  • 54 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 4h4 hours ago
    West Ham are lining up an £8m bid for Loic Remy

  • 55 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM


    Through out the team there is a lack of competition for places and this is most apparent in the centre of defence. SMC will potentially drill the team with their defensive duties and improve the vulnerability we currently have. Two good CDs for £10M each or below should be achievable, with £15M for a striker totals £35M, which we have already in the bank. Any further transfers will need to be wheeled and dealed with out goings and projected profits.

  • 56 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Technically we should have a head start on the transfer budget seeing as we raked the cash in and spent virtually nowt last season. Another big splurge is long overdue. Would get the season off to a good start and possibly go some way to turning the fans around if they showed some real intent in the market.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Mock looks like he’s made of cheese and he’s melting inside that big coat.

  • 58 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:55 AM


    I only put Abeid on loan because of the other four players in his position, if one of them were to go he would be the first one straight in.

  • 59 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Which is actually a Berghaus fleece for coat nerds out there.

  • 60 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    club has to announce S. McClaren today or tomorrow…then bring Richards, Austin, van Ginkel as soon as possible and then another CB has to be priority (van Dijk or somebody higher than 190cm)…with these four we get more presence and power, Richards powerful strong, Austin same, van Ginkel 186cm in CM not bad, van Dijk 193cm…and then bring another striker, if Cisse doesnt leave, maybee not…and top winger, who can cross…

  • 61 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I’d be tempted to grant sissoko his wish tbh. I sometimes think he hampers the dynamic of the team, he’s suited to a more open continental style of play and his touch is frankly nightmarish. Not many big swathing runs in this league, which is his joker, let’s face it.

  • 62 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    If we start with Willo on the back stick in pre season I’m off.

  • 63 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM


    Cheers Pokat! I do wonder how I have ended up with only six players coming in when there is 9 going out and 7 loans. I am sure we are already under resourced or is that simply the number of injuries?

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Old Blackley predicted months back that we would get relegated. He was wrong and admitted it. He also criticised the tea boy and the comedian’s dad for being incompetent, but in sacking the cones guy, albeit as part of the new manager’s terms, they shown an element of competency.

    A good few people on this blog said Ashley would never get rid of the cones guy because he’s such a tight bastard and wouldn’t pay compensation. I think Rotonda’s said he couldn’t see it happening but I haven’t seen anyone else hold their hands up and say they got that wrong about Ashley? Is there anyone who needs to speak up now?

  • 65 shaun__ // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Unfortunately carver being such a drastic failure has seemingly allowed the appointment (if it is mcclaren) of another proven failure, just not as drastic as the last (debatable with England and derby second half) to be met with relative positivity, when in fact it’s only born out of relief! Underwhelming is an understatement. Now let’s get on and announce it if it’s mcclaren – what’s taking so long!!

  • 66 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Is this Micah Richards that everyone is talking about? Has he been playing regular football in Italy?
    I remember reports that he was fat and didnt have the right attitude at Citeh and thats why they got rid.
    Just saying we need to make sure the CBs we are bringing in are quality

  • 67 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Who was predicting the cones guy or even the sweary guy would be the next manager at the behest of the devil?

  • 68 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    If its a choice between retaining the ball or driving past an opponent I would rather have the latter. Unfortunately Sissoko does not have the ability to pass the ball effectively and I would take the transfer fee if it were re-invested (hahahah – I make myself laugh).

  • 69 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Sky Sports saying Paul Simpson will be his assistant

  • 70 Jamesnufc94 // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    davetoon what are you smoking you fool,city got rid coz he couldn’t get in the team,and I don’t know where uve herd he’s fat coz that’s bulllsh#t

  • 71 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Sissoko contributed 6% of the assists last season, which was typical of the squad but poor in comparison to the 20% made by the highest contributors Colback and Janmaat.

  • 72 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    and as a winger I like Denis Cheryshev from Villareal, what we need in LW….

  • 73 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    yeah you are right/ he was accused of being fat and lazy earlier on in his career.
    its amazing how those things stick in your mind

    so has anyone been following his progress in Italy and was he still playing as Right Back?

  • 74 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Win, lose or bore. Character, attitude, commitment.

    Oh great!

  • 75 mindshaft // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    McClaren is a good coach but a poor manager – let’s see how he gets on when / if he gets appointed

  • 76 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t think a new goalkeeper should be high priority. But certainly an area that can be address if budget allows for it and an opportunity arises. I would go for another Darlow that can be loaned out but re-called if we get two goalies out again.

    I understand your view but wouldn’t it be better to buy/loan Zouma/Capoue or some guy with little bit of experience from PL. Or bring back a guy like Agger. I personally wouldn’t be worried about if we brought Matip and Rudiger in that are regulars in Bundesliga.

    Striker/Midfield go hand in hand, it will really depend on how McClaren wants to play and what players we can get most bang for the buck on.

  • 77 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Great player I think he will be bit expensive though and not sure if he would consider us a step up but yeah we should at least try.

  • 78 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Richards free, van Dijk 10, Austin 13, Cheryshev or top winger 15, van Ginkel loan and Darlow, Lascelles and we are sorted nicely….
    Janmaat,Richards…van Dijk,Haidara……….
    …..van Ginkel…de Jong…Colback………..

    very good squad for me…only 5 additions and 2 players from Forrest back…and totally different…with that 60M

  • 79 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    any word on Collocini? I always wondered what Ashley told him when they had that meeting and Ashley talked him into staying.

  • 80 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Why do people insist in putting Richards at CB when he’s naturally a RB.
    Surely it would be better to buy a proper cb?

  • 81 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Micah Richards 26, D(CR) appearances 7(3) minutes 567 yellow card 1 whoscored rating 6.96

    Not really that impressive, a decent rating is more achievable with low minutes played (look at Sammy). Nothing to write home about although the team performed really well, I just wonder if Richards is acclimatising with the aim of signing on with Mancini at Inter.

  • 82 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Bit dubious if we are looking at loans. OK if we will have the option to buy but I don’t think NUFC do this. Always seems to have been a short term cheap solution rather than go out and build a team and pay the going rate.

    We should be selling the club with a true vision and build a squad for the future not letting players and clubs use us as a stepping stone.

    Think it’s a big problem at the club this.

  • 83 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM


    Priority transfers are first a striker and then a central defender or two; and should be completed irrespective of any other dealings.

  • 84 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:41 PM


    I just presumed those meetings Colloccini had with Charnley and then Ashley were just to provide back handers for Chuckys’ loan move.

  • 85 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I have my suspicions that was part of it but surely there were other promises made also. I wonder whether it was just to set a time when he could leave or could it have been around buying other players. who knows

  • 86 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Opportunity for a pre-season friendly tournament in Brazil?

  • 87 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    I agree with that.

  • 88 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    I’d be gutted if Cabaye goes to palace. That would be some signing for them. He’s making noises about going and working with Pardew.

    He is probably looking as it as a stepping stone like, but all the same it would be some signing for them.

  • 89 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    I was going to speculate further but when you look at Chuckys’ agency and the other players they have, trying to get them on side is understandable.

  • 90 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

  • 91 Lindisfarne // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:01 PM


    Cabaye will likely struggle to get up to speed and get a red card before Bonfire night.

  • 92 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Agree on vision part but the stepping stone part is just reality for all clubs except Barcelona and Real Madrid. The problem isn’t that players come here do well and then move on. The problem is the players that come here, play shite and won’t leave.

  • 93 DicBDownUnder // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:08 PM

  • 94 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Chucky got same agent as Messi. Oh boy.

    Luuk De Jong, Goofy and Lasogga is on there as well.

    I guess it’s Chicarito next he’s also on there.

  • 95 Offkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Collo, Taylor and Willo only have 1 year left. Surely we wont be keeping them.

  • 96 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    I agree that there has to be option to buy if we are going to have loan players here, but loan in van Ginkel or Zouma with options should be good…
    In: Darlow, Lascelles —already bought…
    In defeneders: van Dijk 10,Zouma loan, Richards free
    In midfield: Cheryshev 15, van Ginkel loan
    In attack: Austin 15
    nothing more, nothing less….and we can put away trio Colo,Willo and Saylor…

  • 97 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    This looks rank

  • 98 optimistic prime // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Just a quick one as I’m busy outside 😉

    Got the radio on ATM and there’s a special edition of Talksport on Radio Newcastle tonight at 17.30.on 95.4fm or on the net.

    I don’t know if there’s some sort of statement or it’s just to talk about Mclaren or Carver.

    Catch you dafta

  • 99 lochinvar // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    Sissoko at it again

    Well stay and earn it !

  • 100 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Deffo Lochinvar

  • 101 Ron Knee // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    From The Chronic:
    Mark Douglas
    Newcastle United top brass assembling in Newcastle
    We understand that Steve McClaren is in the North East – along with most of the other key players at Newcastle United.

    Steve McClaren isn’t yet at the stadium though, although we expect him to arrive sometime this afternoon. For those asking, no word on an official press conference yet.

  • 102 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Arsenal have released Abu Diaby

  • 103 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I have an Idea: Transfer list Sissoko and tell him to f*** off.

  • 104 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Sky Breaking News
    Andre Ayew has medical at Swansea after agreeing personal terms

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Well said Belfast

  • 106 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Why has Mark Douglas mentioned about the players being in the NE?

    Are they here to greet McClaren like and have a chat?

    Im expecting quite a show today to get season ticket holders on side for next season.

  • 107 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Swansea will do a Leeds if they keep buying players !

  • 108 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Lol Jail.

  • 109 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    I hope he isn’t another bony

  • 110 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    TFL @ 96..

    that is the most godawful shirt ive ever seen… and that includes every manure shirt ever made…

  • 111 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Well at least Bishop got one thing right

    sack carver to get the fans onside and then bring in the manager the following day

  • 112 nut meg // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    I think he’s talking about the key players in the negotiations to get him to SJP……Charnley,Carr, agents etc.

  • 113 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    SSN have said McClaren is on tyneside.

  • 114 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    People will be suprised to know that Diaby have 2 seasons with over 20 games for Arsenal. No over 30 though.

  • 115 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Well said beer monkey

  • 116 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    The bloke has been publicly touting himself for a move from the moment he arrived. He was basically begging people to sign him in January. The sooner he’s gone the better.

  • 117 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Dok ur right its completely vile

  • 118 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:03 PM


    I’v took that as the players, the top brass were mentioned seperate who I think is Charnley, Carr etc. Oh well, I guess time will tell mate, god knows.

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    The club can’t reprimand Sissoko for saying he wants a move as they are the ones that told he’ll be getting one within a season or two of signing for us.

  • 120 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM


  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Do you mean total sport

  • 122 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    for me Sissoko is far from being top player, he is great physically, but his passing, vision isnt that good…if we can sell him for 15-20M ok, but have to bring another one for that money…Wijnaldum – better than Sissoko in all aspects

  • 123 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:07 PM


    why are we distancing from our history… black and white stripes??? I mean, that thing, even without the hideous blue rectangle, I wouldn’t wipe my ass with it after a week of nothing but eating mexican food…

  • 124 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:07 PM


    the sad truth is he isn’t good enough for a top club

  • 125 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Telegraph Sport:
    McClaren won’t be holding a press conf Only speaking to carefully selected media partners. Real shame, missed opportunity for fresh start

  • 126 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Dok its supposedly the 3rd shirt

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Sissoko mustn’t have seen Ashleys interview, the one where he ‘promised’ CL football, or if he did he must have taken it with the same pinch of salt I did !

  • 128 lochinvar // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Do hope that McLaren rode up the A1 on his Zebra to relive the poor citizens of New Castle starving for good football

    Could someone nip down to SJP to make sure it has plenty water ( the Zebra not McLaren ) as its a bit warm today

  • 129 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Sissoko is really annoying. He lacks respect for the Toon.

    But obviously he is allowed by NUFC to put himself in the shop window if it generates profit for him.

    At any other club surely he would have been warned? It’s been about 4 times now since the end of the season.

  • 130 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

  • 131 Toonfan8 // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    if we get 15M we should sell him and go all for Wijnaldum…

  • 132 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I agree with that ToonFan8

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Yesh, we don’t want any difficult questions at the start of the job like player recruitment or coaching staff.
    We’ll hear questions like.
    Q: Steve, we know you’ve never met Mike Ashley before, are you under pressure to win something.
    SM: Yesh, I’ve never met Mike (Ashley) before, never and of course we are trying to win something. But what’s important is establishing ourselves as a top ten club………………

  • 134 davetoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    They may as well just post the stage managed questions and answers on the official web site and save everyone some time

  • 135 Ron Knee // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Have you got the link for that? I can’t find it.

  • 136 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Transfer list him and see how many champions league clubs come in for him.

    I understand he’s been promised a move elsewhere, but you’d still need a brass neck to publicly tout yourself around every other day.

    Especially if you’ve been absolutely shite all season.

  • 137 Ron Knee // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    He didn’t exactly cover himself in glory in the Belgium/France friendly either.

  • 138 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Ron it was on Twitter:

  • 139 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Aye, save us the time if it’s going to be a Bishop statement only. I’d like to catch some sun today rather than sit infront of SSN waiting for a planned dinky interview.

    Last day off need to make the most of it!

  • 140 Ron Knee // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Thanks, TFL.

  • 141 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    you are welcome Ron

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