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Even The Greek Chefs Knew About McClaren

8:46 am, Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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.

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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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Jun 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Stavros knew he was the new manager ?
    I hadn’t an inkling back here – was (seriously) worried it might be Carver

    Looks like anger is being replaced by humour – has to be a good omen


  • 2 rwpoynter // Jun 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    A bit off topic, but there was a lovely article with a team picture of the NUFC side of 1958/9 in one of the journals which brought some interesting facts to the fore .I remember that team well. My first visit to a first division match was to see them at Aston Villa. Scoular, Stokoe, Eastham,White,Mitchell, they were all there. In that season we scored 81 (42 game First Division seasons then plus FA Cup) but let in 84. The ground in those days being largely all standing had a capacity of 70,000 and the record attendance was over 68,000, yet in that season which had some great highs and lows for the last home game of the season against Birmingham City the crowd was only 20,000. It seems that in those days people voted with their feet a lot more, but I guess there were far fewer season ticket holders in then.

  • 3 WLtoon // Jun 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Do the Greek chefs know who Macs targets are and if there has been any real enquieries or bids?
    We have been linked to every striker available with Austin,Dost,Berahino,Carroll,Hernandez and his uncle,yet all the rumours have led to nothing.
    This window is starting to look familiar, lots of speculation but ultimately ending with no signings.
    Please dont let this be another season of hyped up drivel and give the fans something to smile about

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 12, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    My nephew set up an e-mail account for McClaren at the club during the week after the last game. But the club still had to play games and not announce it. Typical. How Charnley is still in the job is a complete mystery to me. Sure, Carver and his allies were culpable and deserved to get the chop, but no more so than Charnley. He must be a consummate boot-licker whom Ashley feels he can trust to do any dirty job without complaining. Charnley out.

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