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Good Move – Newcastle Board More Like A Football Board

7:14 pm, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

Steve McClaren has been appointed as the head coach at Newcastle – finally – and he also becomes the first Premier League coach to be put on a Board of Directors – or the Football Board as owner Mike Ashley referred to it, in his Sky Sports interview.

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Steve McClaren – new head coach and Board member

The Newcastle Board of Directors now consists of the following:

  • Lee Charnley – Managing Director
  • Graham Carr – Chief Scout
  • Steve McClaren – Head Coach
  • Bob Moncur – Club Ambassador

It remains to be seen if the replacement for John Irving – the former Finance Director – will join the Board,  but it shows there’s now good football knowledge on the Board – for a change.

That seems to be a good move by the club and it also gives Steve McClaren more power at Newcastle  – and hopefully he can push more effectively for players he wants in the transfer market.

It’s really a structure that no other club has in the Premier League, and it seems that owner Mike Ashley wanted more football brains on the Board.

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Steve McClaren – Newcastle United head coach

That looks a good structure and the only non-football person on it is Lee Charnley.

Lee lacks experience but his strength is in doing the wheeling and dealing and what it takes to get our transfer targets into the club – something he has been doing for several years now – and he’s a man known for getting things done.

Mike Ashley is no longer on the Board (we didn’t think he was on it in the first place) and Mike is not a football person, so again this is a good move for the club with football brains now serving on the Board of Directors.

Now we need to hear what Steve’s coaching team is – and Newcastle need to get (very) busy getting those six (or was it seven?)  good players into the club – preferably before pre-season starts in early July.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Board of Directors · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    In other words no change at all except McClaren taking over Carver and Pardews role.

  • 2 Graeme // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Having watched the various SSN Interviews, McLaren is certainly “talking the talk”. Hopefully, he will now be backed with a balanced squad of players to “walk the walk”!!

    Top 8 team and winning a cup are his objectives – bring it on!!

    Its going to take a lot more than what we have been shown so far to convince me we have changed for the better. The Fans Forum is being held on . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • 3 scottoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Repost from previous….

    Underwhelmed at the appointment, but admittedly surprised by the assertions that we are going to attempt to win something. The proof will be in the pudding when we see a line up for the first cup match. Not holding my breath though.

    I may be swayed further if the club starts making some significant signings. Austin would be a good start but there is so far to go….so many serious holes in the squad….that it will take at least four prominent additions before I start to think the commitment to win something is more than just rhetoric.

  • 4 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    ashleys remit keep making me money

  • 5 JDdubai // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    The more football people on the board who outnumber Charnley the better, everything so far is moving in the right direction.

    Lets wait to see where we are come opening day of the season, if they go all out to get Austin quickly then it will send out the right message for the summer.

  • 6 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    He Needs backing?!

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    I can understand why they haven’t done the fans forum between the end of the season and now. All the questions would have been related to things that have been put in place today

  • 8 SUTTY1978 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    McClaren was reasonably impreside in the SSN interviews, certainly sounded up for it. Better than I expected

  • 9 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    I don’t believe for second that Irvine had much say and Ashley have either never been on the board or will still be there after this.

    It’s looks good though taking away the guys associated with the money side.

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Sutty I agree McClaren did sound impressive lets just hope he turns out to be impressive

  • 11 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    probably written for him by the media spin merchants

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Well done mcclaren in your 1st interview, unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before someone starts moaning.

  • 13 awaydays // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Just got in and as always the boo boys are out may aswell think positive it may be all talk but some people just want something to complain about

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    I can’t believe it’s so quiet on here tonight.

    People must be still digesting the events of the day.

  • 15 Our Toon // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Mincer rewarded for brown nosing….anymore dinosaurs for the board?

  • 16 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    wait and see huh

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Welsh……. Maybe people are afraid to say what you just said in case they are condemned as Ashley lovers.

  • 18 Bambams // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Still haven’t seen the interview.

    I am very intrigued to see who he brings in as backroom staff.

    Need to get the correct signings Steve.

    2 x CB
    1 x lb
    Creative midfielder
    2 x attack wingers
    2 x strikers
    Bare minimum

  • 19 WWSBRD // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Yeah still pretty happy with this appointment

  • 20 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    He definitely came across well. Now get the cheque book out and sign some players.

  • 21 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    timing all wrong
    three times he was asked if he wanted the big job why wait till now
    only sky allowed must have had the media man guiding him

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Brave words, something they can at last be held accountable for. Lets see what happens, a bit early to be calling anything a step in the right direction.

  • 23 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    that interview is actually with NUTV not sky it was given to sky to broadcast

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    even tho Craig was the interviewer

  • 25 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    So we’ve got a secretary who not so long ago was handing out team sheets, a 70 year old scout in the prime of his life, a former club captain who hasn’t played in centuries and is also in the prime of his life and shteve. On the board. Making important decisions.

    Plus the slug in the background pulling the strings (if you think he isn’t then your deluded)

    Sounds great.

  • 26 SUTTY1978 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    One interesting thing was the evading of the question about bringing in English players, “more important that they are the right type of player withe the right character and attitude and ability”

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM


    People should speak their minds and shouldnt be scared of saying something, I stick to what i just said, I will be backing mcclaren.

  • 28 SUTTY1978 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Just seen Andre Ayew interview, now there’s a man who doesn’t seem overly enthused about being at his new club!

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM


    Have you come up with anything new yet.

  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Mike Ashley Interview swayed him what bull

  • 31 optimistic prime // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    Is Mclaren 10x worse than Pardew?

    Jog on clown

  • 32 Bambams // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Well its over to the man holding the cheque book now.

    Let’s be honest it either stands or falls by this transfer windows. We will soon see how keen ash is for Steve to do well, back him with money for better players.

  • 33 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    with you Welsh. I will back him.

    As little as I have wanted this guy it now feels like we actually got the right guy. Having heard comments about him.

    Looking forward to see out first signings through the door. …sorry, over the line, or maybe now we can change that vocabulary as well.

    Either way, looking forward with a bit more optimism.

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM


    Wait until he walks out on the pitch, and listening to the swansea jacks singing, atmosphere there is awesome.

  • 35 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    well buggar off there then

  • 36 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    I’ll back him but this is bull

  • 37 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Everyone seems very cautious , which is understandable after all the false promises.

    Dare we believe that things might be taking a small turn for the better, or is it more Ashley lies.

  • 38 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Hammers to try for Cabaye

  • 39 Moonraker15 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    All sounds good! Let’s give them a chance they have definitely listened to the fans this time. Getting rid of Carver was the turning point for me and I’m optimistic about McClaren. By the way, he was spot on about the West Ham game; we were never gonna lose that because of us fans and the spirit of the players that day.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    optimistic prime

    You are either old or have got a really bad memory.

    I said last season not this season, pardew left, carver came in, and that’s the last time I’m saying something about it.

    Jog on


  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    I’m already there.


  • 42 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    one man one team not welcome here duh

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    TFL……. They must be paying you well to promote that site.

  • 44 Moonraker15 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Cabaye will have one eye on the Toon now I bet !

  • 45 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I’m not promoting it Betty I went thru this last nite

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Wow i spoke to soon about moaners, christ they are like waiting for a bus, wait for one and then five turn up.

    Ha ha ha

  • 47 geordie157 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I think the coaches will follow very quickly now, with Round, Simpson, Steele and possibly Clark all joining.

    A statement of intent of being a bit more ambitious would now to be go all out and get Austin, quickly followed by Wijnaldum and possibly Richards.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I can support who i like thanks.


  • 49 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    no=one gives a shit about swansea and your snidey swipes

  • 50 geordie157 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Have to also say, some impressive words from McLaren in his interview think he’s driven by the fact that he knows if he could win us a cup then he’ll be worshiped by the fans.

    Lots of work to do but some promising signs at long last after an awful couple of seasons.

  • 51 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    I wonder if the interview was:

    “Right, Steve, you’re out of work, I have a job going. Fancy it?”
    “I’ve told you three fscking times now: I’m not working with that Geordie tosspot!”
    “Fine, he’s gone. You’re still out of work though.”
    “Not any more!”

    And then they try to kiss but Scheve’s teeth get in the way, instead he decapitates Mike As… sorry, that’s a fan fiction I’ve been working.

  • 52 lochinvar // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Have we appointed a new Head Coach ?
    Don’t tell me
    Let me guess
    Is it…..?
    No ?
    Is it….No
    Surely we haven’t gone and appointed…..?
    No ?
    Not Carver ?
    Well that’s a relief
    Don’t give it away
    I’ll guess eventually….
    Never in all the world !

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    I wasn’t the one who brought up the swans comments, i just answered it, no sweat off my nose either way.

  • 54 the white tino // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Weeheyy Welsh boyo you should be singing in them valleys wum maybe get yourself a woman with 2 legs instead of ya usual 4 baa baa

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    pmsl Lochinvar

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    the white tino

    Ha ha ha

    You a funny boy.

  • 57 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Damn it missed the interview :/ Did the mysterious one that is Ashley speak a few words too??? Is there anyway I can see it without having to stay stuck on SSN all day?

  • 58 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    So, the same source that yesterday spoke about this new board with Moncur etc is now saying the following;

    1. Backroom staff to be announced shortly.
    2. 1 or 2 defensive targets will be brought in.
    3. Cisse to be sold.
    4. After that the rest of the squad rebuild will take place.

    According to him his dad got that from Carr. He has been fairly accurate so far.

    Looking forward to see what happens.

  • 59 optimistic prime // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM


    It’s already been proved once that the bet was the next permanent manager and Carver didn’t count.

    But as your here as a wum with nothing to say other than moaning about moaners or talking about that shite club you claim to also support.

    Welcher by name Welcher by nature.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I would be more offended if you lot come up with something new.

    Baa Baa

    Really, that’s so Boring that’s like me saying, hey guys how did england get on at the weekend.

  • 61 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I agree those were some good word from McClaren, but for me they are just that…Words.

    It could have been scripted for him, let’s face it there was a media blackout on the whole thing and that makes me nervous.

    I will back him and see how he does, back room staff and new signings may tell us a lot about what to expect.

    I have allowed myself a little optimism but not going to get carried away just yet.

    I see wleshie is all excited because Swansea have just sign a yew.

  • 62 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    optimistic prime

    Carver does count, i support newcastle, and how are swans shite exactly.

    Next question.

  • 63 lochinvar // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Toon from Leeds

    Good to know that my efforts get read sometimes – thanks for that !

    If they got rid of Wonga as well then that would be progress

  • 64 Moonraker15 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Why the fcuk are we talking about Swansea?

  • 65 Moonraker15 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Haha by the time the media have finished with McClaren’s appointment the Toon will be Champions league contenders but thank god we’re back in the news!


  • 66 giimps // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    The main thing is the standard of play, set pieces and tactics will be higher under Wally, he will IMHO get more out of the players we have and bring players through the acdemy and will in all likelyhood develop a coaching ethos starting at the u18 through to the senior squad, just like Southhampton.
    Fast attacking football where the front players are supported by midfielders

  • 67 lesh // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Yes, some football knowledge on the board and McLaren’s presence along with Graham Carr should go a long way to harmonising views on player comings and goings.

    I can’t really understand Moncur’s presence unless he’s been appointed to try to build bridges between fans and the Club. Presumably there’ll be a concerted effort get sceptical fans on side – something that’s essential. I’d imagine Moncur along with McLaren that’s to be the face of the Club on the Fans Forum.

    This is an opportunity to move the Club on and as long as fans are patient, I’m sure that McLaren’s appointment will pay dividends.

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