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McClaren – Newcastle Can Take Off – Objective Is To Win Trophy

8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 166 Comments

Steve McClaren has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he says he had been approached by Newcastle to be their manager a few times, with the first time being back in 2004 – we suppose after Sir Bobby Robson was unceremoniously sacked by Freddy Shepherd in August of that year – because we only finished 5th in the league that season – and out of a Champions League position, which we had secured in the previous two seasons.

In the eleven years since Bobby was fired we have finished 5th only once and never qualified for the Champions League.

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Steve McClaren – this club can now take off

Steve has turned down Newcastle a number of times, and this is how he explained that, along with what he’s been told is his mission statement at Newcastle – to get top eight in the league and win a trophy:

“I’ve had two or three opportunities, the first as way back as 2004 when I was at Middlesbrough, meeting Freddy Shepherd.”  “Everything’s about timing in football. It wasn’t the right time in 2004.” “Then, I was at FC Twente. Newcastle got relegated in 2009, there was an interest.”

“But unfortunately I was at FC Twente, I’d only been there a year so, again, timing and loyalty to FC Twente, I had to stay on.”  “And then, obviously, the well-documented one of January just gone where, again, the timing wasn’t right.”

“I had a job to do at Derby, it was on course. I’d only been there just over a year and I felt that the timing wasn’t right.” “We were top of the league, we were going to achieve what we wanted to achieve, getting into the Premier League, and I wanted to finish the job.”

“So it wasn’t a case of turning Newcastle down at all. It was a case of staying loyal to Derby, and that’s what I wanted to do.”  

“The key thing for me was the statement that Ashley made at the West Ham game, when he actually came out with drive and determination and focus, and talked about the objectives and what he wanted to achieve.”

“He said it with such verve and vigor that everybody was convinced, everybody was rejuvenated through that.” “The objectives are top eight, and to win a trophy. That’s something that’s been transmitted through to me in meetings with Lee Charnley and the rest of the board.”

“That’s what we want to achieve. That’s what we must achieve together.” “When you look at the West Ham game, the last game of the season, I looked at that game and thought ‘That is a football club that sticks together, on and off the field.’”

“If we can add to that and plan well, get the right recruitment and the right resources this club can take off.”

So it seems the interview Mike Ashley gave to Sky Sports convinced Steve that Newcastle and the owner were serious about building a good side and trying to win something.

The announcements today have certainly been consistent with Ashley’s message back on May 24th that he now wants to build a good side at Newcastle and try to win something.

Now all they have to do is to execute – and that starts almost immediately with Steve first completing his coaching staff.

And then getting some of our top transfer targets though the door – we must sign some very good players this summer – that’s now the acid test.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Press Conference

166 responses so far ↓

  • 1 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:01 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.

  • 2 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    not much action there then

  • 3 lochinvar // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:05 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 !

  • 4 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    hinging on cisse being sold
    who will take him and when

  • 5 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    lacelles one of the defenders and saylor,they will be like new signings

  • 6 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    John Tudor do you think Palace will take him? lol

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    I’m hoping and assuming that Jabba had to make some commitment on transfers and what’s in the war chest.

  • 8 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:09 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.

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

    If we’re getting two new defenders can I have Colo?

    I have a baseball bat I need to break in

  • 10 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    not really bothered take him or leave him
    we need players now not when we get rid of the deadwood

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Surely welshie would be more excited if they signed BA

  • 12 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    and a night out in tup tup palace

  • 13 nufc 11 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    After John carver im sick to death of talk talk and more talk, actions will speak louder than any words the club say let’s see what they do? Looking for cheap untryed kids on loan deals doesn’t inspire me for one a couple of decent signings and less bullshit talk will do for me # stop the bullshit talk.

  • 14 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Swemag What has that person actually said that hasn’t already been doing the rounds?

    Moncur maybe?

    Nearly sure I read an article the other day about the football board and Moncurs name was mentioned.

    I may be wrong though

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    More Welsh jokes.


  • 16 JP...from The Rock // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 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?

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    We should try and get Barnetta.

  • 18 geordie157 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Just thinking Ayew and Swansea, good signing for them but with him mainly playing out on the left does that mean Montero may become unsettled. If so, he’d be a good signing, has that thing we’ve lacked for ages, the ability to use his pace, get to the by line and put some crosses in.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    In mcclaren we trust.

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM


    Don’t mention swans, you will get me in to trouble.

    Ha ha ha

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    I do not think it appropriate to suggest that the fool from the valleys has never had a two legged girlfriend. (He gets ’em to stand on their hind legs).
    Hahaha ———–Get in!

  • 22 geordie157 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Has Mulumbu been injured a lot recently? A few seasons ago he was worth about 10mill and looked a powerhouse in the midfield.

    Not saying sign him but not a bad back up option to have.

  • 23 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Montero wont leave, he will either replace dyer or play up front.

  • 24 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM



  • 25 mindshaft // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    McClaren doesn’t excite me but let’s see what signings are made and give him a chance , last decent thing McClaren did was almost 10 years ago – hopefully he can kickstart toon and vice versa

  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Tuff he gets them to do tricks wow pmsl

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:21 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.

    Ha ha ha

  • 28 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Better than wales will do friday

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    So many arselickers on here.


  • 30 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    McClaren would not have been my choice for the hot seat, but now that he’s here he has to get 100% backing from the fans. We simply cannot fall into the same trap as we did with Pardew where he became the the focal point for every single piece of abuse and Ashley was left reletivley untouched.,

  • 31 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:26 PM


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

    Now you know how we feel when you come on here.

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    A fine looking lass doing a bit of pruning.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Yeah that’s right try and turn it around back to me, nice try.

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    So we’re going to “take off eh?”. In Canada that has a different meaning and not a good one. It means get lost. I somehow thing McLaren will bring us some much needed tactical nous however. He’s got to be a step or three up from Carver.

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    The sheep they are beautiful this time of year welshie, no? Ah, beyond compare.

  • 36 magsie // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Never really wanted McClaren personally but he`s here now and the things he`s said certainly seem positive, that along with the board reshuffle hopefully we are on the right track now though only time will tell so lets think positive for a change instead of doom and gloom as per the norm.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    you are funny mister meldrew.

  • 38 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    All eye’s now on how we strengthen the squad as the greatest coach in the world would struggle with this current lot

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Go for Vlaar straight away McLaren. Get him in.

  • 40 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Easy up on the sheep jokes lads. Everyone needs loving you know

  • 41 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM


    I agree mate;

    New head coach to take the flack, if not him the board of which Ashley is no longer a member.

    The protests and boycotts must have really got to the fat one and his tat shop shareholders. Now we have a (sort of) supposed U-turn, where investment in the squad and rebuilding of the coaching staff will lead us to being a competitive football club again.

    However not much else will change, SD will still have a strangle hold over our advertising, and merchandising. Wronga will still be the main sponsor, and Ashley will still be the one who is responsible if this all goes t*t’s up.

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    fool – quality original humour – not stolen from other sites and replacated on here.
    Look, listen and learn.

  • 43 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Belfast – the night before Carver was fired, he basically claimed that, it is not so much what he has been saying as the timing.

    The board thing was the first time for me and that Moncur would be on it.

    …you can find all this on a well known social networking site. 🙂

    The timing of all his statements have been too spot on, he has some inside stuff, further, I don’t see why he would make that stuff up, unlike here on that site you are not anonymous.

    About the Carver thing, sure, it was not too shocking that he was let go, but again, just a few days ago many of us thought he would be given a different role within the club.

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Quality original humour

    Ha ha ha

    You keep telling yourself that

  • 45 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:39 PM


    to be honest mate I don’t think a single fan would care about all the sportsdirect stuff if we had a winning side. When defeat follows defeat we will always look to pick at anything and everything, not saying that the critisism in unwarrented but the state of the football we’ve had to endure has been disgusting but we’ve singled out the manager/coach instead of the man responsible

  • 46 soundoid // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Let’s hope the new board have been given a budget for new players and this isn’t a sham. It’s taken a good few years but things are starting to look a little bit better at SJP. Give the new order a chance. If they feck up we need to be over them like a rash. Could be a new dawn, vigilance is the key. HWTF.

  • 47 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM


    He doesn’t need to tell himself that, I was PMSL at it, you have to give him credit.

    Class act.

  • 48 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Welsh……..don’t get too abusive or you’ll get baaaaaaaaaed.

    We all love ewe really.

  • 49 armchair fan // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    So Ashley appoints McLaren, makes him believe he’s gonna get a say in transfers and now we’re waiting for McLaren to fail to show Ashleys again incompetency.

    Can we not get the Mills’ onto Ashley?

  • 50 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:43 PM


    With me it was more down to SD getting that free advertising and merchandising, while there was no (or very little) investment in the club.

    I agree if we are competitive in our games, and actually try to win then yep, it his business, but with a lack of investment, pleading poverty etc, it was just a slap in the face for the fans.

  • 51 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM


    Just for you mate

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    In the immortal words of Maurice Chevalier:
    Thank heaven for little woolies
    Thank heaven for them all
    No matter where,
    No matter who
    Without them
    What would little welshies do?
    Thank heaven (2x)
    Thank heaven for little woolies.

  • 53 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    hahahahahaha brilliant @50

  • 54 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:46 PM


    agree mate, lets just hope that from now on we start looking up.

  • 55 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:48 PM


    Aye mate, we can start with six points of the unwashed this season, if McClaren can pull that off he will be halfway there for me.

  • 56 Klatoon // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Germany V USA…Micheal Bradley would surely improve our

  • 57 check the toastie // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I personally believe that we have a decent squad (apart from CB’s) and a decent coach will get them playing some decent stuff. If you look at the retained list there is no excuse for not finishing top 10 and having some intent on trying to knock the ball about with some intent.

    Pardew and Carver plus others have proved totally clueless and the football that has been served up over the last 4 years has been utter shit. It could get no worse with this squad.
    I reckon Maclaren will prove decent, at least we may have a team with an identity, a shape of playing, players who seem to be playing to some sort of plan.
    Rather than just throwing 11 players on the pitch saying get on with it, then blaming them.
    This is the most optimistic I have been since Keegan came back.
    Remember Shepherd gave us Souness, Roeder Gullit and Allardyce, awful managers. Things have been shite long before Ashley turned up.

  • 58 Sleepin Giant // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM


    Are you really a Geordie or just Welsh ?

  • 59 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Jack awesome

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    That looks like the sheep from the Woody Allen movie Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex JB @50 mate. That movie is very popular with the welsh for some reason.

  • 61 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Welshies latest flame

  • 62 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Question, is backing McClaren also backing Ashley?

    If so, how many Ashley backers are there creeping out of the woodwork now then?

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    That’s a spicy little welsh tart @60 TFL mate. 😆

  • 64 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Just the two of them Laurent Robert mate @61. Welshie and Jeff.

  • 65 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:56 PM


    Nah, I don’t thing backing a manager is backing the board or the owner, after all he is still only an employee, If he is poor the fans will let him know, likewise if he does well the fans will be behind him.

    DISCLAIMER: This in no way alters my dislike of our owner and I will support all efforts put forward to remove him asap.

  • 66 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Laurent Robert 32

    I don’t think it is as Pardew had the backing of the fans for a long while until his stubborness got in the way while at the same time most fans always wanted rid of Ashley, I think most fans turned on Pardew because he was nothing more than the mouth piece for the owner and was shafted one more than one occasion and simply did nothing

  • 67 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Mary had a little sheep. With the sheep she went to sleep. The sheep turned out to be a ram. Mary had a little lamb.

  • 68 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Welsh……… Come back mate don’t be sheepish .

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I see the following players as decent in the squad (decent not brilliant): Krul, Janmaat, Haidara (injury prone), Colback, Sissoko, De Jong (mega injury prone), Cabella (a bit light weight but you never know), Perez (a bit lightweight as well), Cisse (flaky), Anita (decent as a backup), Aarons (injury prone so far), and possibly Gouffy and Tiote if they can recover form (Tiote also injury prone). That’s fairly frightening for me. Too many injury prone or useless players in the squad. An enormous job ahead for McLaren.

  • 70 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:03 PM


    He’s trying to find the phone number for that one at post 50.

  • 71 jimiley // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    This club will remain toxic until Ashley is gone. Nothing will change as long as he remains and fans are mugs if they keep putting money in the mans pockets

  • 72 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    he will be gone by the end of january

  • 73 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Welshie or Ashley JT mate?

  • 74 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    John Tudor

    Why do you think he’ll be gone as soon as that???

  • 75 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM


    Mmmm but with some decent coaches at the club they may not be so injury prone.

    The right level of training can work wonders, and if the team feel good and are playing well that also reduce the sick note list.

  • 76 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    mcclaren just like forest debacle

  • 77 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Fire…….maybe he’s gone to the baaaaaaaaaaar

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Welshie: “hello my little one.”
    Sheep: Baaaaaa!”
    Welshie: “well erm I was just wondering if you were doing anything next Friday night?”
    Sheep: “Don’t even think about it.”

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    He said that with such verve, that haltering rehearsed interview that a large percentage of fans saw it for what it was. But according to our new manager everyone was convinced. Oh oh

  • 80 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    when he truly finds out how ashley works

  • 81 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:08 PM


    Ewe really! For a pint of sheep dip and a perm comb?

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Let’s hope so firebug mate. Still, best to be realistic about this. I wouldn’t count on miracles next season. If we finished twelfth or better I would consider that progress. But it has to be part of a steady improvement, not a one year wonder as under Pardew.

  • 83 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM


    The new man needs to get the backing of the fans until such a time that he proves that he’s not the right man for the job, but the pressure has to be kept up on Ashley as he’s the cancer thats killing us

  • 84 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM

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  • 85 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    missed out tupping

  • 86 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    He needed a haircut, must have gone to the baabaars

  • 87 JackButler // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    A lot of people reporting that a sport psychologist will be brought in which in my opinion would be a much needed addition as the mentality of some of the players has to be under serious question

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    What’s tupping JT? Sorry for my ignorance. And we would never bother any other user except one who continually calls us whiners, moaners, complainers etc. etc. mate.

  • 89 jimmysmith // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Pleased with the appointment and the noises coming out of the club, but top 8 and a go at the cups should always be the minimum goal at Newcastle. That relegation season has been so costly. I think it set us back 4 seasons. Ashley certainly owes us, even if he doesn’t particularly like us. Perhaps he’s starting to get the passionate often irrational nature of fans and understand that the vitriol that comes with failing us, would be counterbalanced by extremes of joy and adulation if he gets it right. He needs to rise above it and recognise his responsibility as owner, and perhaps he’s about to step up.

  • 90 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Nurse Ratched mentioned as psycologist

  • 91 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Welshman with a sheep under each arm…………….A pimp.

  • 92 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Nearly every single rule gets broken on a daily basis lol

  • 93 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    everyone does it wink wink but we keep it confined to our species

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Best prepare ourselves for a two or three year battle to get in the top 8. No miracles with Ashley. He doesn’t really want top 8 anyway because of the risk of the Europa League qualification.

  • 95 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Geordie Two

    As high as 12th?

    Actually I think with the right signings now we will do ok this season to, my optimism is growing…..slowly!

    Think McClaren has some good coaching skills and will get a lot more out of the players.

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Or possibly just greedy bettyswallocks @90.

  • 97 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    gerund or present participle: tupping; noun: tupping
    (of a ram) copulate with (a ewe).
    “the shepherd arranges the tupping depending on when he wants his ewes to lamb”
    headbutt (someone) in a fight.

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Not bloody likely jimmysmith @88. We’re still mainly free advertising to him mate.

  • 99 Our Toon // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    So did Ashley come on TV to tell the footballing world he’s not going anywhere until we win something a ploy to get a manager?

    We got rejected by all the options we went for due to lack of ambition and the way to win people over was to go on TV and do something he’s never done whilst at this club!! Makes me wonder!!

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Ah, excellent JT mate. So a Welshman can be tupped while tupping then? Narsty.

  • 101 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Getting it at both ends so to speak. 😯

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    What does doing ok mean for next season firebug mate? Are you talking about top 10 or a cup semifinal or something like that?

  • 103 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    I think we’ve offended him, he must have gone out.

    Let’s hope he doesn’t get fleeced.

    That was the last one. Promise.

  • 104 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    he’s gone for some Welsh rarebit and a glass of lambs

  • 105 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    GeordieTwo @101

    Now now let’s not get ahead of ourselves here marra, I just said I think we will do ok this season, not daring to place a prediction of 10 or higher.

    I do however fancy a cup run, think that McClaren will want to get the fans on side after all that spiel about top 8 and wanting to win a trophy.

    I will be happy to see us compete on the pitch, and if we get beat to actually go down fighting, I think McClaren will give us that.

  • 106 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    purporting to be a nufc continually making snidey remarks about how well the swans are doing pardew’s tenure and verbal diarrhea

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Very well then firebug mate. Harrumph! You’re one of the patient types like me. But I do want to see huge improvements in the squad immediately!!!! Do you hear me Steve? Immediately!!!!

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    That’s it in a nutshell JT @105. He’ll be back though. We can count on it.

  • 109 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Well now we have a new head coach sorted we will be linked with anyone who has a pulse, let the transfers begin.

  • 110 jimmysmith // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Official photo of McClaren doing the rounds, in what looks the truly top notch Newcastle Home dressing room, in front of 8 shirts hanging in their lockers, Aarons Cabella, Janmaat, Colback, S Taylor, Dummett and Collocini, if that suggests a core of next seasons squad.

  • 111 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    agreed i will just ignore the deviant 2=1 usa

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Saylor being the core of the injured reserve I suspect jimmysmith mate.

  • 113 John Tudor // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM
    even welsh gets a mention

  • 114 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    He’ll be back.

    Riding on the back of a ewe regailing us all with magical tales of faraway lands he’s not actually from, or teams he doesn’t support and stadiums he’s never stepped foot in. Blurt.

  • 115 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Firebug, jack, cheers. Just seeing what some views are.

  • 116 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:44 PM


    No problem mate, happy to help. What are your thought’s?

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    I think the True Geordie is not quite as upset as he was at the end of the season JT mate. 😆

  • 118 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    He might be writing a ewelogy………………

  • 119 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    hahaha Betty

  • 120 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    In fact I would say True Geordie is almost pleased at the appointment of McLaren. Remember I did say almost pleased. This is the happiest he’s looked for years.

  • 121 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Maybe he’s just having an early night…… counting sheep.

  • 122 USAGEORDIE // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    CB is our problem. I hope we bring in Van Dijk and Micah Richards(will be much better in a central role) along with holding on to Colo, Saylor, and Lascelles. we also desperately need a creative midfield player. I expect for De Jong to be given the first crack in that role but I wouldn’t be suprised if Van Ginkle and Cabella are slotted in behind the striker as well. If only Mclaren could bring Will Hughes with him!

  • 123 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Ah right swemag. I thought it was coming from that Cwarr ferker or some other gobshite of similar ilk.

  • 124 RUNAWAY777 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    who you kidding steve , u have come to nufc because of what ashley said on tv the man was under that much pressure that his eyes where most of the time up in his thick head thinking what to say give us a brake or are you the new muppet on the block

  • 125 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    My oh my i have only been out of the room for an hour and it looks like we have got some drama queens on here.


    How the hell would you know which stadiums I’ve been to or not been to, anyway I thought you were avoiding me but you quite happy to dish out comments without using my name becasue you know that I know that they are directed at me, sneaky very sneaky not that I give a rats arse what you say, same old bloody thing anyway.

  • 126 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Can someone smell sheepdip?

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Or is he slightly sheepish at this point?

  • 128 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Remember lads, goats are the new sheep.

  • 129 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    I will guarantee that in the papers tomorrow it will be ASHLEY BANS MEDIA, & NOT WELCOME STEVE.

  • 130 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM


    Good signings

  • 131 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    fcuk off to your own football club’s blog will you.

  • 132 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    How about this theory… The more support for McClaren, the less active protests/displeasure (visual or audible) for Ashley.

    In which case, is having McClaren actually aiding in the longevity of Ashley (through apathy of pressure), simply due to unrest being turned into blind faith that ‘success’ (define that how you will) is round the corner?

    I do not believe that McClaren is in any way an ambitious appointment, but I am interested in seeing how his fabled coaching power manifests itself on the pitch. I do think that he could work well with Carr in getting certain players in which may suit his style of coaching, whereas Pinocchio hadn’t a clue what to do with technical players. That’s where my enthusiasm ends.

    My mind casts back to all those Boro fans saying how utterly boring their football was on the Legends phone-in years ago. Not the odd one, but a load of them. I used to listen regularly. That has always been engrained into my mind from then. Not being retained from his recent clubs is more than a slight worry.

    Those that are are confident now, why wasn’t the optimism still there at Forest and Derby? Why is here so different? And under a proven unambitious owner as well.

    Ashley out.

  • 133 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Firebug, ^^^ they are some of my thoughts.

  • 134 will die for the toon army // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Ryan Shawcros, Micah Richards & Charlie Austin. My dream signings.

  • 135 Sleepin Giant // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    leepin Giant // Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM


    Are you really a Geordie or just Welsh ?

    What is your connection with the Toon ?

  • 136 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Bony lasted how long?

    Gomis past his sell by date;

    Ayew is a bit temperamental and spits his dummy (allegedly).

    But yep good signings, and when Gomis goes you will be left with A ewe, ere A yew.

  • 137 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Diego Simeone has confirmed Atletico Madrid are in talks with Juventus striker Carlos Tevez

  • 138 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Isn’t gomis the one that can have a fit at any time? his blood pressure drops or summat

  • 139 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ewenice Sheeply….. a good date.

  • 140 jimmysmith // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    He can have his advertising so long as he gives us a decent team. I don’t care if he is all about the advertising, so long as we go out and mix it up on a Saturday afternoon.

  • 141 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM


    What’s the magic word.

  • 142 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    He’ll be happier when Micewe comes back

  • 143 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:12 PM


    Aye. Only this time he had a fit in his keks..then (unfortunately for us) welsheagle popped out regailing us of sordid tales involving ewe.

  • 144 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Bony lasted how long, dosent matter he did the business as will gomis this season and anyone else they buy, do you why, becasue they play good attacking football, pace, strength and creativity up front and in midfield.

  • 145 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    lol AC

  • 146 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Gomis looks like a Shola kinda player with less goals

  • 147 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Sleepin Giant

    To answer your question, I’m Welsh and I follow newcastle, but some give me stick when I mention swans.

  • 148 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Welsh….. You should support Derby. You know their nickname I assume.

  • 149 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Sleepin Giant,
    He hasn’t got one, he’s trawled all the other football blogs and none have got a hit rate like this one, he’s tried to be a WUM on other sites but it’s not as much fun when it takes six to forty eight hours to get a reply.

  • 150 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM


    Some excellent points mate.

    This whole fiasco with the unveiling of McClaren is a bit worrying to be honest. It was very low key, almost apologetic and lacked any sort of positive atmosphere.

    No mention of who may or may not be coming in to assist him on the coaching staff, no mention of what funds he may have for player signings, in fact nothing was as expected at a new manager / coach unveiling.

    It was almost like the club and McClaren were cringing behind the camera. and then to announce that the head coach will also be on the board of directors sends shudders down the spine.

    Great to have a football man on the board don’t get me wrong, but this could also be a recipe for disaster, falling out at the highest level could create a negative atmosphere right through the club. If’s and but’s I know, and if it works so much the better, I wonder if he will be invited to the meeting that sacks him when the time comes?

    I hope he does well at coaching level, and gets results for us, I will be happy with that.

  • 151 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM


    Shows how much you know.

  • 152 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Welsh stop trying to pull the wool over my eyes

  • 153 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    You’re jumping on the bandwagon slagging squelsh, you were pysl at his shite comments the ither day. The bloke is a fcukin idiot.

  • 154 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Jsil, shows how much you know because I don’t go on other blogs.


  • 155 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    A little laugh, a little dance
    A honey badger down welshie’s pants.

  • 156 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Don’t you even go on the Swans blog welshie? What kind of supporter are you?

  • 157 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    I’ll admit I found his comments other day funny but this is Newcastle not Swansea!!!

  • 158 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    There s also a nice little local club just outside Bury in Lancashire which Welshie could support. It’s up in the hills…..R———m.

    Anyone heard of them.

  • 159 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    He also does that weird celebration where he crawls like a big cat. Grrrr.

    Looks like a right knobend.

    I reckon he’s doing impressions for welsheagle9 and got it completely wrong. Ewe w@nker

  • 160 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Theres always Baaaarnsley

  • 161 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    I only go on two blogs this and swans, is that alright with you all, ffs.

  • 162 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Welshie, I just wanna ask you:

    How can you call yourself a Newcastle supporter?

    When you come on here, you slag off the other supporters, go out of your way to wind people up with your Carver and Pardew love in comments, and spout off continuously about how great the Swans are, and how poor and sh1te Newcastle are.

    You couldn’t make it up!

  • 163 Sleepin Giant // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Shwmae ! Well I really am a Welsh Geordie and not just an imitation being born in Morpeth of Welsh parents who moved back to Wales when I was 3, and brought up there, then went back to the Toon to work for a few years when I left home. Used to follow the Swans too in their Vetchfield days when they had real durable fans.

    There are plenty of other WUMs on here anyway Jail, so lots of company.

    Plenty of sheep-shaggers in the North east – they even named a breed of sheep after their favourites.

    Yes talk is cheap,especially for Ashley, and I was very unsure about McClaren but he is an upgrade on Pardew in every respect, and now the also-rans have been kicked out there is a chance we may end up with a much stronger coaching side. Top 8 and cup runs is minimum for us.. Top 6 every season would be better aim.

  • 164 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Nobody’s asking for apologies from the good few who called others deluded if they thought Ashley would ever pay compensation. Just a little humility to say “I got that one wrong.” Humility is in short supply in some quarters. You couldn’t make it up.

    At least Ashley seems to have recognised one of Blackley’s biggest criticisms, namely that the tea boy and the comedian’s dad should not be running the show. With Moncur and Wally on the Board it addresses the lack of football experience.

    Unfortunately it pains some people to give Ashley any credit. They’ve boxed themselves in such a hole now that they’d look stupid if they didn’t stick to their rigid line that Ashley is the anti-christ.

    A couple of good posts from JDDubai and Jimmy tonight. The real test will be whether the club messes about or gets Austin through the door pronto without quibbles. Get him in and other good players may be persuaded.

  • 165 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    well I am looking forward to seeing mclarens famous coaching put to use on our players

    hope to see better performances from players

    I hope a couple of cb’s and a proper striker come in early
    but apart from that I would like him to get a proper look round the squad and to see what he can do with them then let him decide on what he needs
    and who we sell

    don’t see the point in binning a player like abied thought he grasped his chance and did well under pards when he was forced to use him
    like Aarons they both struggled with injuries but looked good early in the season

  • 166 ulstertoon // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    I appear to be the only one pessimistic about this, which shocks me.

    Personally I cannot trust the board or Ashley after what they have done to our club, that will have to be earned.

    As for McClaren who is to know? I keep hearing about what a great coach he is but that only seems to be from sources in my opinion, havent a clue. Also if he’s that great, why did Derby slip from 1st to 8th in the final homestretch of the season? Can he not work well under pressure? If he can’t we all know Newcastle wouldn’t be for anyone who can’t handle pressure.

    Also Charnley stated, “He has a proven track record of being an innovative and forward-thinking coach and developing and improving players, which was a key quality we sought in the individual to fill this role.” To me this seems to suggest that there will be a lack of spending, and he will have to use his fore mentioned coaching abilities to somehow carry Newcastle through a season. I am afraid as are all Newcastle fans, that MA’s speach before the West Ham game was just to keep us from giving him grief over his summer holiday.

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