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Shearer – Congratulations And Good Luck Steve

10:23 pm, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 115 Comments

There are a lot of people associated with Newcastle getting right behind our new head coach Steve McClaren, and we’ve just watched the nufcTV interview Steve has given, and he’s an impressive guy, and extremely professional.

Steve said something that’s really important – his success and failures in the past have been learning experiences – and you will always get better and improve if you can only learn from those experiences – so hes got a real good attitude about things – and extremely positive and professional.

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A smiling Steve McClaren at St. James’ Park today

And we all know that Steve has had a lot of difficult times in management up to this point, including his England manager tenure, which he smiled about when it was mentioned in the interview,  but he’s a person who knows just exactly what he’s got himself into, and what’s expected of him at Newcastle.

His remit for next season is to finish in the top eight in the Premier League and try to win a trophy.

We cannot get anywhere near winning the Premier League anytime soon, so Alan Shearer tweeted this to Steve after the announcement  – which came around 6:00 pm tonight

McClaren talked about  the Newcastle structure being nothing new to him, and that things that need to be done at a football club these days were just too much for the old way of doing things – where the manager did everything.

Steve said he was very happy to be doing what he does best – coaching.

The 54 year-old was on the Board of Directors at FC Twente,  when he coached them to their first ever Dutch Championship back in 2010.

We already knew Steve was a loyal guy and he stressed that he wanted to remain loyal to Derby County and finish the job and get them promoted, and that was probably in reference to him turning down Newcastle more than once this year.

But now he said his loyalty is to Newcastle, and he wants to be successful at the club and while he’s on a three year initial deal, that can be lengthened to eight years, presumably if he makes a good start to his career at Newcastle.

We hope that’s exactly what he does – the only thing we want to see is a successful Newcastle United side on the pitch.

We don’t care who the owner is, who the top executive is,  or who the head coach is – we just want Newcastle United to be successful again – and if this team can do it – great!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Interview · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

115 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    We feel 2 blogs are too much for you welshie.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    You could just stay on the Swans blog and we could drop you a line once in a while. Do you have postal service in Wales yet?

  • 3 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    R- – – – – – – – M. That’s a better clue for for Welshies club. Just outside Bury.

  • 4 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Ramsbottom? betty

  • 5 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    TFL……… Well done.

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    There must be some positivity in the air. It’s been a while since the gang gave themselves so many high fives and back slaps or Welshie suffered so much childish, boring sheep baiting craic. If you’re going to bait, be original. Perleeeeze.

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

    Newcastle United are close to agreeing a deal with QPR to sign striker Charlie Austin.

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM


    What are your thoughts after today on Ashley’s intentions?

  • 9 jimmysmith // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Hang on Ed. I thought you had McClaren down as more of the same rubbish.

  • 10 Toon-Barmy // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Interesting article on Graham Carr’s scouting

  • 11 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Austin would be a good signing. I think he’ll end up at Southampton though.

    Despite Joey Bartons comments yesterday I think if push came to shove he would advise him to sign for us.

    He’ll probably sign for Southampton because they’ll pay the 15 million and we won’t.

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    £1 mill if he wins trophy

  • 13 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    More like 1 million lines on a chalkboard for being naughty and flirting with Europe.

    Naughty shteve

  • 14 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    £6m over 3 years? Now that is funny.

  • 15 beermonkey // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:54 PM


    what does steve get if we get to the semi final of the league cup and in the jan we sell our top striker and midfielder cos were safe in the league and the cash was to good to turn down

  • 16 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM



    Shite defect vouchers and a chomp?

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    June 10, 2015
    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!

    So come on then Sherlock When did i slag off other supporters, also when did i say newcastle are shite.

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    True Beer! lol

  • 19 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Sour grapes?!

  • 20 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    A shite defect brolly?

  • 21 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM


    We’ll soon find out if that’s true about the mirror – Simon bird isn’t exactly an Ashley fan so if he changes his tune it’s tantamount to they have indeed.

  • 22 archaeomag // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    @Toonfrom Leeds

    NUFC are pleased to announce – A Wally with a Brolley sponsored by W@nga appearing exclusively for Sky UK Ltd in association with Trinity Mirror courtesy of Mashly Holding and Sports Direct …

  • 23 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    oh aye AC
    Sounds bout right Archaeomag

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Here’s Bird’s Q&A not sppon fed…..much

  • 25 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Ashley is continuing to run the club so that it wipes its own chin. It’s not an easy job getting it right in sport. Fan owners would need to follow similar financial policies and wouldn’t do much better in terms of footballing success given the strength of the top teams.

    I’ve criticised Ashley for appointing incompetents on the football side. I can see why the club has gone for Wally because he’s the obvious top choice for anyone without a footballing background and for many people in the game. He’s safe but he’s not inspirational or an inspired choice.

    The cones guy had to go and the Board had to be transformed. Ashley’s clearly recognised this. These are major moves. But I still wouldn’t trust Ashley’s display of determination. He will be judged on his deeds not his words.

    Good start so far. Even though Wally would not be my choice, you’ve got to give him a decent chance. I said the exact same thing about Pardew when he was appointed.

  • 26 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    The daily mail wouldn’t be complaining if they where the “preferred partner”

    Does trinity mirror not own the chronicle ?

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Belfast I believe you are right

  • 28 stripes1009 // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Spoke to a Derby County supporter tonight. He’s really disappointed that Derby have sacked Steve McClaren because the football they were playing was great.
    The Board have made their choice…we can only get behind the guy and hope.
    With the right signings and the right clearance policy, we could overhaul our squad and have a great season next season.
    Am looking forward to making some great signings…..not superstars, just team players that will gel and give 100% every week and take us where we belng….near the top of the Prem!

  • 29 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Should I trawl the last few threads or head straight on over to IMDB..


  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    It would not surprise me if we have a player or 2 signed by this weekend just to get the buzz going

  • 31 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Cabaye has told L’equip that if he comes back to the prem it will only be NUFC as he said it wouldnt feel right anywhere else

  • 32 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Seriously though, only time will tell if they seriously push this squad on and give us a team to battle all season long. It’s a waiting game.

    You could put mickey mouse in charge of the squad, unless there is quality players ready to come in through bad spells, we will struggle. You can’t rely on players being fit for a full season nevermind with our sicknotes in this league. Youngins are no good either, look at Jak Alnwick, ruined. Campbell, ruined. Get Armstrong out on loan where he should be.

    Expecting big things with the squad with the money available, if not, get the bedsheets out for the first game.

    Just got to wait I guess.

  • 33 geordieboy83 // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Tfl, where do you get your info from mate? Im addicted to newsnow but you seem to find other stuff. ????

  • 34 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    That was from Twitter but I check all sort of Sources

  • 35 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    That’s why I like to keep peeps upto date so they know

  • 36 geordieboy83 // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Good work mate keep it up. I live the runours although 99% is bollocks it still is fun to read and get hopes up

  • 37 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I know but its better than the sniping. I will mate

  • 38 Canny in Canberra // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Really appreciate your effort. I’m too lazy and time poor to be scouring the newsfeeds for info so just clicking on your links is cool.
    Still would love Cabaye back. Don’t think we’ve had anyone like him since he left. Strong leadership, great on the dead ball, awesome playmaker. All relatively speaking in comparison to what we’ve had since. Heart warming too if that’s how he genuinely feels.

  • 39 Canny in Canberra // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    OK, so HC sorted. Lets get some players in. Please please lets get some defenders over the line!!
    I know scoring goals wins games and we need some one who can knock in double figures for the season but letting goals in looses games and now Raylor is gone and Jonas and possibly Colo. We are really threadbare at the back.

  • 40 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    you are more than welcome canny

  • 41 juan // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Less than a week ago everybody hated mcclaren. Now there is love all over for him? He got the job on a simple basis his CV says YES that’s what they wanted to hear. Yes I’ll fill the fans full of crap yes we’ll say we’re gonna spend a fortune? Hope I’m so wrong but don’t think so

  • 42 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Nobody can blame you for having doubts mate with the way things have been for so long. For me all the negativity was starting to bring me down. Trying to have hope and be positive for now. McLaren maybe isn’t the exciting prospect that some of the other possibilities sounded but whoever got the job success wasn’t guaranteed and if we don’t get behind him then he will definitely fail and that helps no one.

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Blackley………… He might just surprise us. We can only wait and see. Easy to be cynical, then it’s a win, win.

  • 44 BrightonMag // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Is it just me… Or is it a little strange appointing sm to the board of directors? I was under the impression that the board would have the say on new signings and the hc would have to lump it… So, are they now saying he will have a say in transfers?

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Ditch this foreign policy and we will push on and beat the Makums aswell nee bother. This is what is hurting us for me. We’ve lost the english spine and Geordie drill. People who can understand.

    Its nee good man. Make money aye, but it’s totally flawed this system.

    I hope it’s true about bringing English in.

  • 46 soundoid // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Like I said before this could be a false new dawn. Vigilance is the key. I will support the changes but hit them with a stick of there promises are unfounded. Let’s not be evangelical or pessimistic. A cold unyielding indifference is what’s needed. Put your money where your mouth is.

  • 47 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM


    that article is a joke. 9 of the 12 signings were for under 200k! the best scout in the world couldnt hit on transfers that size in todays game.

  • 48 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    A long but good article

  • 49 Munster Mag // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Jeez u brits are obsessed with your english = attitude rubbish. How myopic can you get? City and Chelsea, managed and ru by foreigners, populated by foreign players, and you bleat on about Englishness as if you are the only country who have character. Would ye ever grow up. Thankfully McClaren has already made it clear that character is the objective, irrespective of where it comes from.

  • 50 Greebol1892 // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Not being negative – just realistic. Utter tosh. We could get ANY manager but if the owner doesn’t invest in who runs out on the pitch then top 8 is dreamland. SM is streets ahead of the last 2 muppets but after 9 years of Ashley’s leadership, we are still a joke club.
    52,000 passionate Geordies screaming their hearts out, best fans in the world, etc, etc…. erm…. HELLO?
    We need 10 top-8 players signed. Remember, Jonas & R Taylor were 1st choice starters before being released.
    Remains to be seen what effect Ashley leaving the Board will have.
    Good luck Steve Mc. HTL.

  • 51 ashleysmate // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    I made a comment over at the chronicle. …which was barred. …saying SM is a decent guy ..but why should we taken in by Ashley and his sheep???? Surely we should be aiming higher than this?? JMO

  • 52 Offkey // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    TFL – Whilst I like the main site you link to (nufcdigest), I can understand others frustrations with how you push it. Whilst you claim you have no link to it I cant help but think its a bit strange that its produced by someone living in Leeds (nufcdigest) and that a poster on this site called toonfromleeds repeatedly links to it on each thread……

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    A poll:

  • 54 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Offkey I can see your point but I honestly don’t have any link to the site and I just like to help people see things that Ed doesn’t have time to post. I do post other links too. For the most people like my links, theres the odd moaner tho

  • 55 Offkey // Jun 11, 2015 at 12:59 AM


  • 56 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    I can’t understand others frustrations. Why would it frustrate anyone. If TFL is connected to that site so what. Nobody has a gun to anyone’s head forcing them to click. Click or don’t click the dam link just leave the lad alone.

  • 57 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    ty Canny
    and Offkey I wasn’t regarding you as a moaner

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:08 AM


    Is that for me? If so, I would love an English spine who understands the culture alot better, alot better than teaching 5 players how to speak English first and foremost. This foreign policy dosn’t seem to be doing to well at the minute or over this past few years, since this transfer blueprint has came into fruition. Especially against the Makums.

    Don’t get me wrong, nout wrong with a foreign player coming in, he will be backed to the hilt just like any other player. But, ruin the squad with duty free’s and there will be consequences. Too many players have went missing this past 6 months.

    The squad needs a spine from top to bottom and I really think foreign is not the answer.

    Bedtime for me.

  • 59 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Ok lads, suitcase packed, got the 150M from uncle Ashley and I’m off round the leagues of the world to buy us some defence. Who do we want?

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    The best canny

  • 61 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    TFL – I need names and price tags so we can tot up the outgoings. English seems the preference for some so lets start. Dream Team applies in this scenario as we know we are essentially dreaming

  • 62 Sydney Toon // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    Canny – How is my old hometown??

    Okay here is my shopping list:

    Will Hughes, Derby – 8m
    Virgil Van Dyk, Celtic- 8m
    Yohan Cabaye, PSG – 10m
    Sam Byram, Leeds – 6m
    Oxlade Chamberlain, Arsenal – 25m
    Florian Thauvin, Marseille – 11m
    Charlie Austin, QPR – 10m
    Connor Mahoney, Blackburn – 6.5m
    Youri Toulmans, Anderlect – 5m
    Leroy Fer, QPR – 6m
    Steven Caulker, QPR – 8m
    Matt Leckie, Frankfurt – 2m

    We so short on right wing, defence, roaming playmakers and striker. Thats after the sale of Cisse, Anita, Gouffran, Obertan, Williamson.

  • 63 Magpie Season // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:52 AM

    Told you Ashley (or the board) would go British.

    Which is why all, all, all those posts Ed had written about Gaitier, Garde, Viera, Tuchel, etc I didn’t read. Only Clement & McClaren.

  • 64 Magpie Season // Jun 11, 2015 at 1:55 AM


    Mate I think that lack of spine was more to do with Carver & the uncertainty at the club. Players will depending on their personality & not nationality. Football is universal.

    The season we finished 5th was mainly due to the players, with only Williamson & Taylors & Guthrie being English.

  • 65 Magpie Season // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    What the…?

    Just read Andre Ayew has joined Swansea. What a coup for them.

    We should also get a move on, as good players released will be snapped up quickly.

    West Ham appointed Bilic, & made permanent signing just 1 day later; Obiang from Sampdoria.

  • 66 Sydney Toon // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:24 AM


    I read that as well, the fact that Marseille didnt exactly fight to keep hold of him may be a factor. It appears to be a coup, I think we have other priority targets first in terms of defence and Austin, then the rebuild will occur.
    Much will depend on whether McClaren has seen enough from Aarons and Cabella to settle on them being his preferred options for the left side. I believe that Gouffran will be sold along with Marveaux and Ameobi will stay as a squad member.
    Our right side is where I believe we will concentrate on after getting 3 initial targets in.

  • 67 canuckmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Completely agree. These days more than ever, you snooze you lose. I would love the club to set the stall out from the off, the board needs to operate at a high tempo. Decisions need to be swift and incisive, we need to ditch the local connection love ins and get THE best we can regardless of where they come from. Schteve needs to appoint his back room quickly, get the new signings through the door ASAP and that momentum and high tempo needs to be reflected in the way the team plays. Let’s get on a mission… I know I am being far too optimistic here, but fed up with being depressed.

  • 68 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:32 AM

    Nice work!! Some old same old for Sunny Canberra I imagine.
    We barely cracked the 100M with that lot certainly if anything we get from sales is factored in as well.
    Hoping the first fixtures aren’t too horrific and SM can make a good start. Get a few wins first up will be a good start to keep the momentum up and bolster everyone’s confidence. Too good a start though and we might see a slip back to old ways and the regime taking their foot off the gas by Xmas.

  • 69 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:35 AM

    No such thing as too optimistic! Lets try and not fall at the first test though. There will be speed bumps on the super highway to top 6 glory!!
    Must admit this chance to feel upbeat is a refreshing change!!

  • 70 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Same source as yesterday says that first prio is to get the backroom staff done, after that 2 defensive targets will be the priority.
    After this Cisse will be sold followed by the rest of the squad being rebuilt.
    Cisse to be replaced by 2 strikers.

  • 71 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Hhhmm, dunno about this replaced with 2 strikers. Sounds like we’d have to go cheap on both. Better get one amazing one and rotate with Perez and Aarons as they come up. JMO

  • 72 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    …on the other hand, if we are safe by xmas maybe they can play the strongest team in the cups once they start taking off in January.

  • 73 Ashton // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    Our defence is shambolic. We need to improve on that.

    We should go all out for Van Dijk and De Vrij and have an all dutch back four.

    They are both really good and would be perfect for the PL. And both very young with loads of experience for their age.

  • 74 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    If it is Austin in plus Bamford on loan I would take it.

    If we get Cabaye back as well I will be ecstatic. Honestly cannot see that happening though. Ashley does not seem to be that kind of guy.

  • 75 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:57 AM

    Vrij kid looks impressive. Captain at Feynord very young. Would suggest decent leadership skills. Definitely what our defence needs.

  • 76 Tinman // Jun 11, 2015 at 2:59 AM

    So looking at Premier League clubs released players, not saying I would take them, but some of these are ‘interesting’:

    Abou Diaby
    Antolin Alcaraz
    Sylvain Distin
    John Guidetti
    Micah Richards
    Artur Boruc
    Brad Friedel
    Steve Harper
    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    I think bringing in an old experienced keeper as back up / 3rd choice would be a good decision. Harper would be number one choice, transitioning into a coaching role if he wants it.

    Micah Richards is obviously wanted by most fans

    Abou Diaby would be a coup if we could keep him fit (which we wouldn’t) he will got to Russia or somewhere like that.

    Guidetti was mentioned time and time again a season or two ago.

    Alcaraz and Distin would both be improvements, despite their age.

    There are lots of youngsters on the list too, but I confess I know little about any of them.

  • 77 Tinman // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:01 AM

    I also hear Man City are after 24m for Dzeko. That is an absolute steal for any club which buys him, class player. Arsenal should consider him, twice the player Giroud is.

    No way we could convince him to sign for us mind. Champions League club minimum for that lad.

  • 78 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    If we get both of those and Jetro Willims we’ll have the full Dutch back line. I’d be happy with that.

  • 79 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:09 AM

    I think who ever the Dutch National coach is should be on board with the idea too. Couldn’t hurt them having their defence together week in week out.

  • 80 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:11 AM

    Short trip back from us to visit family too. The plus list goes on. Well just gotta convince Uncle Ashley now. I’ll get me coat. 😉

  • 81 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    And McLaren speaks Dutch!! OMG I’m a freaking Genius

  • 82 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:26 AM

    What about Javier Hernandez?

    Out of our reach?

    Stevan Jovetic? Again out of our league?

    Marko Arnautovic – with the right coach I think this guy can make it big. Something for McClaren?

  • 83 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:38 AM

    In my humble opinion, we need to be looking at top quality in the centre of the defence and prepared to pay for it too.

    Reasons?…..look at the number if goals we have conceded in recent years. Astronomical. We need an organiser leader and a quality international. The Belgian lad on loan at Southampton (cant spell his name) will do for starters….10m

    Add to him Van Dijk from Celtic for 8m and chuck in another 3 million for Kieran Trippier from Burnley as cover for Janmaat. Dummett as cover for Haidara. Keep Saylor on a pay as you play contract and get rid of Colo and Willo. Net cost….20m quid

    Keep Krul. We have Darlow in as back up and bring in an older experienced keeper on a player coaching role. Harper will do. Sell Elliott and loan out Woodman. Net cost……Nil

    Midfield…….sell Sissoko, Gouffran, Marveaux and Obertan. We should get upwards of 15 million for that lot. Bring in Hughes ftom Derby, PhillIPs from QPR and Wijnaldum from Feyenoord. Pace power and creativity in that lot and with an injury free and hopefully reinvigorated Sammi and Aarons, what great options in midfield for a net cost of around 10 million quid.

    Strikers… So, we are after 2 strikers with Austin our main option… anywhere from 15 million upwards. If we play 433 which is my preferred option, we could gave Austin De Jong and Perez as our main striker with maybe a cheeky little 4 million bid for Rhodes from Blackburn. By selling Cisse (7 m) and Riviere (3m)…….Net expenditure…10 million

    So, there you go .. 40 million quid gets you a team that will get top 6 in my opinion

  • 84 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    Hoping de Jong and Aarons comes back and stay injury free.

    That would indeed be like two new signings.

  • 85 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:54 AM

    And Riviere, as a footballer I like what I saw, as a striker obviously it did not work. But like someone else said sometime ago, I have the feeling once it clicks for him he will do very good. Just a question of how much time we are willing to give him.

  • 86 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 3:55 AM


    Absolutely. No reason why not. De Jong was on the bench the last couple if games although not risked whilst Aarons is currently playing for England.

    My main concerns are Tiote Saylor and Haidara. They were season ending injuries but you would hope they would be fit to start ore season training next month so that NcLaren has a full squad to assess.

  • 87 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 4:05 AM

    Looking at the full squad available to him at present

    Krul Elliott Woodman Darlow

    Janmaat Taylor Willuamson Colocini Lascelles Good Dummett Haidara Ferguson Mbau

    Obertan Sissoko Anita Abeid Colback Tiote Marvesux Vuckic Ameobi Aarons Gouffran

    Cisse DeJong Riviere Perez Armstrong

    Since January, the club has got rid of the following players

    Guttierez Raylor Alnick Streete Campbell HBA Mbiwa Santon Ferrerya and an assorted number of other kids.

    There are some very big decisions for SM to make regarding further sales and releases even before he buys.

  • 88 Magpie Season // Jun 11, 2015 at 4:32 AM


    I think Guidetti had already signed a pre-contract with Celtic.

  • 89 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 4:39 AM


    We should be looking at better players than him. There us probably a decent enough reason why he has been continually loaned out by City.

    He wasnt exactly a regular starter at Celtic last season and very much on the periphary at Stoke the season before.

  • 90 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    Guidetti said good bye to Celtic. Think he will not be going back there.

    Looking at our midfield they way it listed in expatmags post, a lot of players, but no cutting edge. No Yohan Cabaye, for that reason alone I would welcome him back.

    I would say the same about our backline, or we have decent players there, just missing that one top defender that can pull it together, that is not Coloccini, but Colo would benefit from playing alongside a top defender.

    With Austin upfront as well we would be set I think.

  • 91 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    Or maybe do what Everton did and try and get a young Barca star on loan, Munir El Haddadi looks quite nice and I am sure could set the PL on fire.

    If Aarons and Perez can play so can this guy. A one year loan.

  • 92 Santon03 // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    The club has been quite busy lately fixing their problem inside, this is good.

    IF I say IF by some miracles we finished top 4 at the end of season and Sissoko was sold this summer to Liverpool or Arsenal after being a SL#T wh0ring himself to big clubs and they didn’t get to CL because we took their spot, that will be funny.

  • 93 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:29 AM


    unlikely though

  • 94 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    The club hasn’t “fixed any problem inside”. The cloak and dagger nonsense of delaying McClaren’s appointment announcement attests to that. He had the job two days after the season finished. He had an e-mail account. Typical of the stupid games they play. No success is possible under an Ashley-Charnley-Carr regime. Get them all out. Whatever it takes.

  • 95 Santon03 // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    how can you announce someone when that person wasn’t there? He just returned from holiday.
    go support the mackems then

  • 96 Mr. Claremont // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    Great employment of McClaren and even better decision by Ashley to hand over his place on Board of Director to our new manager. Good job by Lee and Mike. His engagement on Board of Directors gives McClaren greater influence on decisions regarding the club, like transfers, and thus greater authority in the group of players, and that’s exactly what our new head coach needs.

    I have confidence in McClaren playing a 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 with inside forwards (right footed left winger and vice versa) and overlapping fullbacks. If you look at the present best teams in the world most play this way; Real Madrid with Ronaldo and Bale, Barca with Messi and Neymar and Bayern with Robben and Ribery.

    Now we need a squad to compete for the top 8 position next season that means we need two players in every position (squad of 22 PL quality players) and all recruitments we make this summer should have potential to become top 4 (CL) players. So, what we got?

    Keepers: Well covered for next season with perfect combination of experience, backup and talent in Krul, Darlow and Woodman.

    Fullbacks: Janmaat is class, but we need a backup on the right. Preferably a great talent that got the PL level. On the left we have the slightly below average Haidara and Dummett, but since they are both at the same level they might deliver the goods with a healthy competition for the leftback position.

    Central defenders: With a year left of the contracts of Coloccini, Saylor and Williamson we need recruitments, at least two. I have no belief in Lascelles becoming a good signing, in my opinion Curtis Good is a better player with greater potential (but he ain’t good enough either…). My advice will be: Give Steven a new contract, let Coloccini play out his contract and sell Williamson. Taylor still got some useful skills and only need some regular matching and we won’t get any money for Coloccini at his age. Then we need two new ones this summer.

    Central midfielders: Tioté will stay with the appointment of McClaren and that’s the best news so far for the playing squad. Tiote and Colback can compete for the ball winning and holding defensive midfield role. Siem de Jong and Sissoko might not fit in well in McClarens style or formations, but they are good enough so they can surely play a box-box role in central midfield. We then need the playmaker and Anita can make it as a backup, but we need a new first choice playmaker.

    Wingers\Inside forwards: Cabella should be first choice left winger, period. Gouffran is a weak backup, but he’s tolerable. All three of Armstrong, Rivière and Ayoze can deputize as inside forwards on the left. Rolando might work on the right, but we probably need two new leftfooted inside forwards to compete for the starting place on the right winger.

    Strikers: We got Papiss and Ayoze, good enough. They will get us the goals we need if we show them confidence. Rivière ain’t good enough but can stand in occasionally. Armstrong should be loaned out to Championship.

    To sum up, we need: One rightback, two central defenders, a playmaker and two left-footed right wingers. The following are my shortlist:

    Janmaat is one of our best players; hence, we don’t need someone competing for the first team spot. We could bring in a British right back like Sam Byram (3M £) or Chris Solly (1M £) as backup right back.

    Colombian River Plate central defender Éder Álvarez Balanta (age 22) are rumored to sign for Sampdoria and would be a great signing for Newcastle at something in the area of 6M £. The other central defender we should try to sign is German supertalent Niklas Süle of Hoffenheim. The 19 year-old 6’4’’ got two years left of his contract and could be available for a low 5M £, considering his talents.

    24-year-old Czech Republic playmaker Vladimir Darida could be our long yearned replacement of Yohan Cabaye. Having performed well in his first two seasons for Freiburg in Bundesliga he’s a verified quality player. 7M £ area.

    If left-footed right winger Domenico Berardi got a chance of first team action for Juventus next season he’s out of the question, but if not he might be a possible target. Valued at approximately 15M £ the 5’10’’ Cariati Marina born Italian 20 year old would be an amazing signing. Since Berardi would be a clear first choice, Rolando could operate as a backup. Alternatively, we could bring in Iraqi wonderchild Humam Tariq (aged 19), he would be cheap (1M £ maybe) and is an excellent talent (google him).

    These six signings at a cost of 35-40M £ and we got a bright future ahead. I’ll get back to replacements if we sell anyone 😉

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 11, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Swemag…the players are back on July 14th or maybe earlier so they’ll need to have everything sorted by then!

    ….there really is no excuse seeing as Charmless has had since January to sort this out!

  • 98 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Were they thinking abput it sice January though when we had the “Best Coach in the PL” at the helm. Maybe they didn’t think they had to. Band aid fixes to an arterial wound.

  • 99 nut meg // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    I’m looking forward to seeing a team that is organised. A team that looks like it’s coached by somebody who knows what they’re doing. A team that is fluent, not looking like a team made up like a local parks kick about with 15 aside.That would be the minimum required improvement but obviously a lot more, that would only be a beginning. Good luck SM.

  • 100 cyprus // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    I’m really optimistic right now.

    The club has made a statement of intent.
    It has been radically shaken up: new HC, coaching team and Board.
    Despite JC and AP’s damage, a core of very good players.
    It looks like the team will be seriously added to.
    A super rich owner who, as he himself stated, is committed to the success of this club.

    PS. I don’t think it’s going to be that simple. Mistakes will be made, backward steps will be made, signings won’t work out, competition is intense, penalties won’t be given. We may need to do this again, maybe get rid of the coach etc.

    BUT: the intent is there. Try and try again until…

  • 101 swemag // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Players back before then. They should concentrate on the main players that needs coming in.

    Squad players can join in August for all I care.

  • 102 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    ” Optimism spreads like bushfire across NUFC Blog”

    And it’s great to see. Long may we have reason to continue. Be interesting to see how quickly the knives come out at the first sign of trouble. Not exactly the most patient bunch are we?

  • 103 check the toastie // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    We need two centre backs, a left back, some pace in the middle of the park, rather than Tiote and Colback paired. That Van Ginkle looks a good shout. If De Jong and Aarons stay fit we have more than enough attacking teams.
    Cisse may become dynamite again, he has played with his head down for some time now, a change of coaching may inspire the lad.

  • 104 expatmag // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM


    They have never heard if bushfires over there pet…

    A seriously hot day us 17 degrees and they’re dropping like flies.

  • 105 Sydney Toon // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Much will depend on what system SM plays. We are expecting a 433 or 4231 system from him. At full strength of the CURRENT squad:
    S Taylor

    De Jong


    Bench: Darlow, Lascelles, Anita, Colback, Abeid, Riviere, Ayoze

    To see our weaknesses, an international CB, Roaming Midfielder/Playmaker, and leading 25/goal striker would be the priorities.
    With a clearout of Williamson, Obertan, Marveaux, Cisse, Ferguson – we actually have a good squad!

    Like I said, if SM gets his tactics and style right, a good backroom of staff and improved way of coaching, there is a lot of positive ingredients in the squad.

  • 106 Mag52 // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Steve M. Not my preferred choice, although the one I expected if JC got the sack.
    Thankfully that happened.
    We now need to see the quality of those players brought in. He can only work with what he is given.
    He, along with the new squad will have my support from day one. As for Ashley – out, out, out.

  • 107 Ron Knee // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Wise words from Hislop:
    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop told BBC World Service that McClaren “has proved himself to be a fantastic coach” but wondered if he had the power to turn things around.
    “My only concern is that Newcastle’s biggest problems are elsewhere,” said Hislop. “You have to look higher up the food chain for that.
    “You just wonder how toxic a position it is. Time will tell, but I continue to believe the problems are with the ownership of Mike Ashley.”

  • 108 Canny in Canberra // Jun 11, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    You Cisse in the front line and then sya his going?

  • 109 nut meg // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    I can see Cisse & Tiote getting moved on before their value drops any further, then there’s the usual suspects on top of that.He has to stop us leaking goals first & foremost.Two top CBs to build a solid defence. Get the right one’s in & we could possibly have them for years to come.The same applies up top, we are desperate for at least one goalscorer. At the minute we can’t stop conceding goals so to get a result we have to score at least one goal for a draw. Here’s hoping…

  • 110 LewSpi v2.0 // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Surely Vernon Anita will be clapping his hands the loudest with the appointment?

    A new HC who speaks Dutch, who appreciates the way the Dutch play, and who has confessed to having been so impressed with the West Ham game (where Anita was arguably the best player on the pitch).

    Bodes well for him, I’d say.

  • 111 Sydney Toon // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    That was based on our current squad, I think he will be sold given his age and lack of return from the investment. We need a striker that will get 20-25 goals and if the rumours are true, we need to make room for Austin along with allowing Armstrong and Ayoze playing time, someone has to make way and with Riviere’s long contract, Cisse seems obvious to me.

  • 112 firebug666 // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    McClaren would not have been my choice, but he will get my backing, he is a good coach and will get a lot more out of our players than the previous two.

    If we have turned a corner, and we do invest in the team then there is no shame in supporting the players and the head coach, and getting right behind them.

    They already know what will happen if they fail to produce for us, this is a results game and they need to produce, I think they will under McClaren and the new coaching team.

    I still believe strongly that Ashley should be removed from the club, and will still support any movement with that aim in mind.

    In the mean time, let’s see what McClaren and the player can give us this season, give them a chance, we have some good players here who have in the past been poorly coached and mismanaged, new season, new start.


  • 113 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Where has all this optimism sprung from? The appointment of McClaren was not a popular one on this blog, even as recent as the start of this week, so what is it that has changed?

    Carver and Stone have gone, with Woodman likely to follow. I’d still argue that Watson and Beardsley need ushering out as well if we are to really enforce this clean sweep of coaches. Plus it depends who he brings in. If it is Round, great, a far better option than Clark.

    Is it the new look ‘football board’? Carr, who seems to be getting an increasing amount of abuse recently for his signings and having too much power and influence. Moncur, who has sold himself for a few pieces of silver over the last few years, defending the indefensible from the club. McClaren, would prefer him to be concentrating solely on the football team, organising, coaching, game plans then having to appear at board meetings. I presume Charnley is the fourth member (haven’t had a chance to look back and check) – he has hardly covered himself in glory.

    Anyway, nice to see some positivity, even if the basis for it is dubious to say the least. Now sort the squad out properly, and maybe (some of) the positivity will begin to be justified.

  • 114 nut meg // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Janmaart, Anita & Siem De Jong could well provide some good link up play & possession. I thought about including Krul also then remembered that he can’t kick straight & isn’t very capable at throwing the ball out ! Better days ahead I hope.

  • 115 dexter53 // Jun 11, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Get down there and get Austins syg asap.
    Oh while your there…..Joey for nowt? No brainer. Have him in a heartbeat.

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