Good Move – Newcastle Board More Like A Football Board


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.



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67 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Graeme

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #2

    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 . . . . . . . . . . . .

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  • scottoon

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    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.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    ashleys remit keep making me money

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  • JDdubai

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #7

    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

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    probably written for him by the media spin merchants

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • awaydays

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    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

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

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

    People must be still digesting the events of the day.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    wait and see huh

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • Bambams

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #18

    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

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah still pretty happy with this appointment

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  • Belfast

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

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

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #24

    even tho Craig was the interviewer

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #26

    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”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #27

    bettyswallocks

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

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Average

    Have you come up with anything new yet.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Mike Ashley Interview swayed him what bull

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Welcher

    Is Mclaren 10x worse than Pardew?

    Jog on clown

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  • Bambams

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • swemag

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #33

    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.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #34

    SUTTY1978

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

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    well buggar off there then

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Hammers to try for Cabaye

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #39

    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.
    HWTL

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #40

    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

    Muppet.

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