Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has said today on BBC Newcastle that the club can become one of the top 10 clubs in Europe, but he has stressed that everybody associated with the club must be pulling in the same direction – all rowing in the same direction so to speak.
Steve McClaren is there somewhere
Steve took over yesterday and said all the right things – but the real change at Newcastle is that from Mike Ashley down – there is now a will to win a trophy – to win something – which we haven’t done since way back in 1969 – 46 years ago and the goal now is to break that streak.
Steve has won two trophies in his career – the League Cup in 2004 with Middlesbrough (their first every trophy) and the Dutch championship with FC Twente in 2010 (their only Dutch Championship in their history).
Steve’s also the first head coach at Newcastle to have won a trophy in his career since the great Sir Bobby Robson was in charge from 1999 through 2004 when Bobby had us in the Champions League twice in that time.
This is some of what Steve McClaren has said to BBC Newcastle today:
“”Speak to anyone in football, they’ll say ‘Newcastle United, what a big club'” “It can be in the top 10 in Europe, it has the ability to do that.”” That’s the aim, the dream of everybody,”
“We had that dream at Middlesbrough, when we came in and we achieved it, we need to achieve it.” “We only achieved that by everyone being together, getting everyone in the right direction and winning things is a long process.”
There were some positives yesterday that we didn’t expect, including a new Board of Directors which seems a step up from the old Board.
Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn also called Steve a “clever guy” – and we know what Mick means – McClaren seems to have loads of common sense, and hopefully he will complete his coaching team very soon.
Some of our Newcastle players may even be excited to return to a club that seems to have got some of its ambition back – after eight years under Mike Ashley.
That has to be a huge positive at Newcastle, whatever you think of the owner.