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


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.

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166 comments so far

  • swemag

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #2

    not much action there then

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #3

    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 !

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #4

    hinging on cisse being sold
    who will take him and when

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #6

    John Tudor do you think Palace will take him? lol

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • firebug666

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

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

    I have a baseball bat I need to break in

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Surely welshie would be more excited if they signed BA

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #12

    and a night out in tup tup palace

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  • nufc 11

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #14

    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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #15

    More Welsh jokes.

    Really

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16

    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?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #17

    We should try and get Barnetta.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #19

    In mcclaren we trust.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #20

    geordie157

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

    Ha ha ha

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #21

    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!

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  • geordie157

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #22

    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.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • firebug666

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Tuff

    PMSL:

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  • mindshaft

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Tuff he gets them to do tricks wow pmsl

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #27

    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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Better than wales will do friday

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #29

    So many arselickers on here.

    Unbelievable.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #30

    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.,

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  • firebug666

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Welshie

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

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32
  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #33

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • magsie

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #37

    you are funny mister meldrew.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Go for Vlaar straight away McLaren. Get him in.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #40

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

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