There’s a funny piece in an interview in the Chronicle yesterday about Steve McClaren.
Steve had agreed to join Newcastle before he headed out again to Crete – the largest of the Greek islands – after he had agreed to become Newcastle’s head coach when he returned from vacation – which happened to be last Tuesday.
Steve McClaren – we know who you are
There were reports early last week that it was Steve who was going to be the head coach after the news leaked out that Newcastle had talked briefly to Manchester City Elite Development manager Patrick Vieira and there would be no deal to bring the former Arsenal great into the club.
Steve McClaren pointed out in the interview that it was the worst kept secret – and even the chefs in his hotel in Greece knew who he was and where he was going:
“It’s funny. I think everyone knew,” “I was at a hotel in Crete at a buffet and these two chefs doing the sushi looked at me and said ‘We know who you are’ and I said ‘Who am I?’ “
“They replied ‘You’re the next Newcastle United manager!’ I asked them: ‘Where did you get that from?!’ They’d had a bet on me, apparently.”
Steve certainly said the right things and he certainly wants to win things at Newcastle and wants the club to spend big money on some top players this summer.
it seems the majority of Newcastle fans think Steve can even be successful at Newcastle, which was a big surprise to us – but shows there’s a little bit of positive buzz building among the fans.
But Newcastle must deliver in the transfer market this summer – it’s vital and Newcastle are basically at a cross-roads right now as a club after only just avoiding relegation in May.
We must build a top side for next season.