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McClaren Explains What He’s Trying To Do At Newcastle

3:18 pm, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 196 Comments

Steve McClaren has given an update on what he’s trying to achieve at Newcastle in his new role of Head Coach the club have created, and it’s different from the old “manager” concept when one person did almost everything including the coaching, transfers and most other things too.

Football – especially in the Premier League – has now become too big and too complex for that role to continue for too much longer, and Newcastle have formally adopted the continental approach to how a football club is run.

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Steve McClaren – update on what he’s trying to so

Steve McClaren has given an update on what he’s done and will be trying to do at Newcastle in his new role before the players report back for pre-season training at the beginning of July:

“I’m talking to people over the next two or three days and hopefully by Monday I will have enough people in place.”  “But I can’t say at the moment because maybe they don’t know the situation with their own jobs.”

“My title is head coach.”  “We try to develop a coaching environment because we’re teachers – we’re coaches and we want to make people better, including the staff.” “Everyone’s got a clean slate,” 

“I’ve got no preconceptions of anyone – they are all damned good players. At the end of the day they have to produce and cross the white line for us.”  “As a staff we’ll try to get them producing and get everyone on the same page.”

“At the moment there seem to be a lot of pages flying about.”  “We need to work out what we’re trying to do and get everyone going in the right direction to do it.”  “We’re going to review everything the club has been doing.”

“The first thing is the present playing squad – assessing it and what can we do to improve things? What can we add?”  “That’s the priority but my remit is reviewing it, listening to what people are saying and putting a plan together by July 1 when everyone comes back.”

“Wherever I’ve gone I’ve always said you’re only as good as your players. Recruitment nowadays is the most important thing.”  “There’s a lot of money in the Premier League, everyone is about equal, everyone wants to go forward so it’s about doing it right.”

“It’s a jungle out there trying to get the right players but recruitment is vital. Firstly my energies are going to be about that and if we do that we’ve had a damned good start.”

It’s interesting that Steve’s man-management is let’s say a little different from that of John Carver, and Steve’s said they are all damned good players at Newcastle.

As we’ve said before – in management you usually get what you expect form the people working for you – so notice that Steve is expecting them to be good players when pre-season starts.

John said there were a lot of players who just weren’t good enough to play for Newcastle, and they subsequently proved John right when playing for him this year.

And managers are only as good as their people, and it’s interesting Steve has mentioned that above – so Steve seems a savvy guy with good experience and excellent leadership skills.

The people that have been mentioned as possibly being part of his coaching staff include Derby County assistant manager (should that be assistant coach now?)  Paul Simpson, his former player at Middlesbrough Bolo Zenden who is now coaching at PSV, and fitness guru and motivational speaker Steve Black – who was born in Newcastle.

If Steve can get all three in then that would be a good staff he’s hired, and maybe Steve Black can quickly get to the bottom of why we have so many injuries each season – and he can also help motivate the players so they play at their very best for the team.

If he can do that then the squad we already have in place would perform so much better than they did in the second half of last season,  which was a total nightmare for Newcastle fans.

But we survived relegation and it’s got to be upward and onward from now on.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

196 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    He’s saying all the right things, but until we see who comes in and how the squad shapes up by the start of the season, it’s only word, we need to see the club taking the right actions and following up on what Ashley claimed on the lasy day

  • 2 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Chelsea could be after Austin . The Spanish press are saying Diego Costa is returning to Spain

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Amr Zaki
    Michael Ricketts
    Roque Santa Cruz
    Benni McCarthy
    Marcus Stewart
    Andy Johnson
    DJ Campbell
    Michael Bridges
    Darren Huckerby
    Benjani Mwaruwari
    Mikael Forssell
    Fabrizio Ravanelli
    Andy Carroll

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I don’t know if Austin will end up in that category!

  • 5 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Georginio Wijnaldum for 15 million being reported?

    Be amazed if we shell out that much on one player

  • 6 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:40 PM


    Mourinho isn’t going to replace Costa with Austin. This is Chelsea we’re talking about now, not us. Hence the “90% done deal” for Falcao stories doing the rounds. If anything, Austin’s being lined up as Remy’s replacement if the West Ham move goes through. So hopefully Austin will have more sense that to move there & warm the bench, especially with his England call up & the Euros next year.

    As for the Liverpool rumours. They already have Lambert (linked to Reading), Sturridge (can’t stay fit), Ings, Balotelli (linked back to Italy) & Borini as attackers. So unless they are planning to ship at least 2 of those out then Austin may as well forget going there too.

    So realistically I think it’s between us & Soton for where he’ll end up. Newcastle would definitely be the better choice for his career progression though, but it depends how serious Soton are & what they offer him.

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Austin has the potential to be a great signing, an NUFC legend. £15m is cheap. Can’t believe some people can’t see it. NUFC fans are always looking for the next Supermac or Shearer. We missed out on Bony. I hope the club’s learnt its lesson from that.

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    I agree with you Blackley

  • 9 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM


    Cant agree with NUFC being the best choice of Austin, as a player looking to progress Koeman is one of the best coaches in the games and Southampton, one of the best run clubs in the game, we are still a circus and are currently clinging to the hope that Ashley is, for once, going to be as good as his word.

    If it comes down to us or Southampton, then I think Austin will choose the latter

  • 10 Charlietoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    John knew he had decent players, he had just could not understand why he could not personally motivate more than one or two of them at a time, so he took it out on them instead of looking at his own failures.

    You can practice corners and dead ball situations all day but the players have to want to go out there and play for you. Carver should go and ask Wenger if he can follow him around for a few weeks.

  • 11 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Liverpool have sturridge and Ings
    Chelsea Costa and remy
    Soton have Pelle as first choice the way they play

    Cant see any of those using Austin as first choice next season.

    We will make him first choice, and in the season before the Euros id think every player in with a shout of going would want to be guaranteed a starting place every match.

  • 12 BandB // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    If Ashley were to sign Austin he could dispense with his crisis management advisor Keith Bishop for a year.
    But we know Ashley…and if Bishop represents better value for money…..

  • 13 Pete Martel // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Southampton have Jay Rodriguez back next season. Plus Pelle, Mane and Shane Long. Koeman likes to rotate his attacking players so I think it’s a safe bet that NUFC would be the only side linked with Austin to guarantee first team football.

  • 14 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM


    Mr. Bishop will always have work under Ashley, as we all know Ashley loves a crisis 😉

  • 15 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    JackButler @ 9

    JDdubai & Pete Martel beat me to it. It wouldn’t be the best move for his career, because if he wants to be playing in the Euro’s next year, then he needs to have another season like last, which he won’t do sat in the pecking order at Soton.

  • 16 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    ENG team: Hart, Smalling, Cahill, Jones, Gibbs, Henderson, Wilshere, Delph, Townsend, Sterling, Rooney.

  • 17 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM


    Totally agree mate re Austin going to Liverpool just to potentially sit on the bench.
    If Sturridge stays fit he will be no1, That leaves Ings…Ballotelli and Lambert never mind Austin to fight it out for the other position . That’s if they play 2 up front.
    Everyone is going to want to have a cracking season with the euro’s coming up,Austin isn’t going to achieve that by potentially sat on the bench week in week out, Especially as he has only just broken in to the England team

  • 18 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:05 PM


    Would be sat on the bench at Southampton though?

    I dont think so myself, as he’d be first choice for them.

    Plus take into account that he’d be joinging a settled squad, with a great coach, well run club etc etc etc.

    With us he’d be entering into the unknown and we are a million miles away from being a Southampton.

    Don’t get me wrong I’d love to see him come here, but if I were his agent I know where I’d be pressing him to go

  • 19 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Swansea could the biggest ghreat for Austin but looks like they are looking for Mitrovic, they need a first choice CF.

    Just give it a couple of days, once the england match is over things will move quickly i think.

    On that note, Woy picking Jones at RB ahead of Clyne????????

  • 20 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM


    Cant see Soton dropping Pelle after last season, he is important to the way they set up and will definitely start the season as first choice. Then they go with pace either side with Mane and Rodriguez.

    Big risk for Austin to go there, not guaranteed to play every match at all.

  • 21 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    2-0 to our boys today. Nufc flags flying proud behind one end of the pitch

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    BREAKING: Sky Sources: Mark Warburton to be named Rangers manager tomorrow on three-year deal with David Weir as his assistant

  • 23 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM


    Pella fell off alarmingly in the second part of the season whereas Austin performed well all season for a very poor team.

    Taking into account the amount of unrest at the club, would you come here? As we are one step away from being a total laughing stock to those down south.

    Personally I think we could be being used to get him the move he truly wants

  • 24 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    I think he’ll end up at Southampton too. People forget they will be playing in the Europa League next season. There will be plenty of game time with Southampton.

    I also think they’ll pay the 15 million and we won’t.

  • 25 Slank // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:25 PM


    Which game is this ?

  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Well said Pav

  • 27 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    i am not even sure austin in on our list infact do we have a list if we do carr will have it on the back of a stamp

  • 28 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    England game slank

  • 29 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:32 PM


    England v Slovenia mate

  • 30 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Van ginkel link gone quite. Thought that loan deal was all about done.
    A better option than the out of sorts Mr T

  • 31 BandB // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I know some of you have kids.
    Have you ever seen them go into ecstasies opening their Christmas stocking on their beds….an orange, a few bits and bobs…..
    ……and had that un-Christmassy thought flit through your mind that perhaps the sofa downstairs needn’t be groaning under the weight of extra presents?

    We have got pretty excited about a couple of guys that needed to be sacked being sacked.
    The little vignette above…Ashley won’t make that mistake.

  • 32 canuckmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Where are the players? New faces same old talk, same old inaction. Reeled us in nicely Mike.

  • 33 mickalfas // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    So basically its better for Austin to sign for us because everyone else has a better squad than us
    That about sums up what’s wrong with us ,I despair

  • 34 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Get the internationals out of the way mate and I think there will be movement towards the end of next week. Hopefully positive movement for us that is !!

  • 35 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Run that by me again Steve. What’s your first priority, assessing the current squad or recruitment.

    Who of the two are damned good players?

  • 36 Iain Dowie // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    i would love us to sign


    add some pace and directness to our team. Lots of pace out wide aswel.

  • 37 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    People on about no signings yet. Players are still on holiday. Deals elsewhere might be agreed but not concluded yet. McClaren’s not even been with us a week, hasn’t had anyone on the training ground yet & already people are moaning. There’s obviously been changes taken place, and at the moment they all seem positive. But because we haven’t signed a player after 4days it’s business as usual for some on here. Give it abit of time, and try to be optimistic! If we start to see all the names we’re linked with sign for other clubs and it’s clear that we’ve been fed a load of shite again then’s the time to have a go.

  • 38 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    McClaren has been manager for less than a week i think, its international week so cant talk with players, i think only 2 PL TeaMs have actually bought someone yet.

    Calm the feck down.

  • 39 lochinvar // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Jonas Gutierrez says Newcastle made him feel like they “don’t care” by releasing him in a phone call.
    The Argentine midfielder, who has overcome testicular cancer, scored in a 2-0 win over West Ham on the final day of the Premier League season as the Magpies avoided relegation.
    Gutierrez, 31, said he had not expected new deal but believes the club should have met him to give him the news.
    “I think man to man, face to face is the nice thing to do,” he said.
    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek, Gutierrez added: “It made me think they don’t care about anything.”

    Thanks for the good times Jonas – sorry from all of us that Carver was so inept at people management.

  • 40 lochinvar // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    actually Jonas you and Ryan were lucky – normal Ashley made Carver ” reverse charges”on these calls !

  • 41 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Touch of the Rivières from Sterling.

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Bob Moncur

  • 43 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Chasing rabbits

    Please please don’t use the word Optimistic on here pal.
    That word is banned hehehe !!

  • 44 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:16 PM


    I have been contemplating changing my name 😉

  • 45 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    TFL, Bob, fellow bloggers,
    A secret. We’ve been going ‘all out’ for a cup for a while now. We just haven’t been good enough. A strong squad will generally do well in the cups as well, despite itself. Hence your man u’s Chelseas etc. doing well in these as well. Fergie used to play his under 12’s for the first games and still win it.

    We’ve been playing our strongest teams for a while now. I’m not too worried about winning a cup this year. Chances are, even if we do well initially we’ll run into a City or Arsenal eventually and get spanked. We need a TOP team. Silverware will follow…

  • 46 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    The toon has gone crazy about a Austin Alegro

  • 47 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Sorry Jazzy, I should have thought about that! I wouldn’t want anybody to take it seriously & actually cheer up abit! We don’t do positive here!

  • 48 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:25 PM


    Sorry bud, I forgot about your monicur.

    Chasing rabbits

    We have had to put up with that much crap under the Mashley regime that its come to the point where even any positives will be turned into negatives.
    The nature of the beast my friend

  • 49 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Cyprus, well thought out post, but a few things wrong with it:

    1. No chance the team we put out against Leicester was strongest available, despite what the club’s statement said.
    2. In previous couple of seasons we’ve had wins against Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool etc, and that was with Pardew as manager and with what should be a much weaker team compared to the one we will be fielding next time out.
    3. In the last 2 seasons, Aston Villa, Reading, Sheffield Utd & Hull have made it to Wembley, neither of which have a “TOP” team. We also saw City knocked out at home to Middlesbrough & who can forget Bradford at the Bridge.

  • 50 lesh // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    What refreshing comments from McLaren and yes, he does have to review current player staffing but it’s been clear for some time that there are gaping holes in the squad.

    The idea of having to wait a matter of months before seeing incoming transfers is worrying though. Are we going to miss reported targets such as Austin?

    Steve’s got to make his own mind up but surely Carr, match recordings and dare I say it, blog sites such as this could inform his decisions?

    Speaking of information, McLaren will hopefully bring Ashley and Charnley into the real world and convince them that refusing to spend what it takes to get quality players in, can and has cost them millions so far.

    But, you never can tell with the owner and his lackies just what they might tell him.

    Hey ho

  • 51 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Can’t disagree with all that, there are exceptions and that’s the beauty of cups, but usually it’s the top teams that get them as well.

    I don’t think a coach I can remember has ever ‘thrown’ a game, they knew that would keep them their job and make them a Geordie hero.

    We just haven’t been good enough. If we have a strong squad we’ll compete in these things as well, trust me.

  • 52 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    B@llocks 1-0 down

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    They should offer a full refund to anyone unlucky enough to have been at Stevenage, Brighton, Leicester and the Cardiff game after this admission.

  • 54 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:40 PM


    I chose my name after taking my nephew to watch a transformers movie before he moved to oz.

    It’s quite ironic as now I have no optimisim at all, I should be called Negatron.

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Bloody England

  • 56 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:43 PM


    Come on mate I know its been a rough ride under the current regime and McLaren wasn’t the big name we were all hoping for. But lets see what the summer brings before you will be officially known as “Negatron”

  • 57 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:46 PM


    Still say Terry is far better than Jones and Smalling

  • 58 chuck // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Yeah sure what else can he say, in a cliché filled statement he has explained that he has little or no control over who comes and goes.

    You are supplied by Carr and do the best you can with them, Pudgie Penroyd only relays bids and counter bids between Ashley and whoever Clubs or agents, the club is dealing with.

    You had it partially right ED. this club needs a Director of Football, someone with a track record and contacts, with his finger on the pulse of business between clubs in the game.

    But Unfortunately Ashley (though he claims otherwise) will not relinquish control to anyone, he is the ultimate control freak and that’s his problem, which in turn has become our problem.

    And it aint gonna change anytime soon !

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    This summer will be the same as last, enough spent to keep the natives just about content but not enough to challenge Swansea and Soton, let’s see if Mclaren is replaced if he finishes twelfth.

  • 60 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Hahahaha I nearly dropped my mobile at “Negatron”. Much better than OP.

  • 61 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Were they all rated at 15 mill by QPR as well?
    Am just not sure what u want mate haha but hey ho I would happily take Austin for 15 mill or more of that we’re the price…couldn’t care less about the price

    England defence as bad as ours haha

  • 62 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Probably but u never know

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Can’t understand an international manager doesn’t include an out and out goalscorer in his starting line up. You p1ss about and miss chances the way England have and you get your fingers burnt.

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    /is Chester the kind of defender we need?

  • 65 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:02 PM


    I used to be in the forces and I know the phrase “bullshit baffles” quite well.
    It’ll take more than words to convince me Ashley has changed.

    I’ll be honest, Ashley could spend £200mil next week and I’d still want him out.
    I’m not convinced or even bothered about his change of tact. He’s a piece of shit that’s stinking Newcastle out, he needs flushing!

  • 66 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:02 PM


    Ya probably right bud but I still hold hope we cannot go through another season like last.
    Its one thing keeping the natives at bay with just bringing in enough to get by, But we are set to lose is it around 11 players over the next year through contracts alone.
    Ashley maybe still full of guff, And SM has probably already been gagged, but as always mate I will hold hope !!

  • 67 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    West Ham moving for Austin

  • 68 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    optimistic prime

    I think the vast majority are waiting to see if Ashley will change his approach to the club as we’ve all been lied to so many times in the past it’s hard, bordering on impossible to believe anything he say’s, but I think he now knows he has nowhere left to hide and the local won’t be fobbed off anymore

  • 69 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:07 PM


    I totally agree mate on Ashley. By his own admission all he has done is put us on a sound financial footing and nothing more. McLaren may have more of a backbone and more clout than the previous foot soldiers we have had at the helm……Time will tell.
    One thing is for certain I would sooner have McLaren than the hopeless buffoon Carver

  • 70 Slank // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Leeds & Jazzyp


  • 71 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Always thought Rooney would catch Shearers PL record .

    Starting to think he won’t anymore .

  • 72 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    So the club admits that cups aren’t a priority and now Cyprus is saying we’ve been trying to win them all along, we just weren’t good enough ?

    Followed by what’s the point anyway we’ll run into Man City eventually.

    I hope you’re drunk.

  • 73 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    The most over rated player in England levels the game

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    cracking goal from Wilshere

  • 75 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    And I hope he has a receipt for that 30 grand hair transplant .

    Let it go Wayne FFS .

  • 76 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    An out and put goalscorer thinks about nothing else but scoring. His team can win but if he hasn’t scored he’s gutted. Look at that miss from Rooney, man.

  • 77 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:20 PM


  • 78 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Charlie Austin would’ve had a hat-trick with Rooney’s chances

  • 79 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Yo…it’s still just going a bit in circle mate 😉

  • 80 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Get in !!!

  • 81 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    what a strike better than first

  • 82 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Cracking goal

  • 83 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    That was a rasper !

  • 84 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:32 PM


    I’m way past caring what Ashley says he’s going to do, he should fcuk off.
    Will whatever he does this year compensate for the last 8years?


    I actually rate Mclaren, best coach we’ve had in a while. What’s the point though?
    It’s like getting Usain Bolt to run in flip flops. Ashley may not be on the board but he wrote the mission statement.

  • 85 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Wilshere on his 5 game streak of looking decent before getting injured

  • 86 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Not a bad strike from your man there.

  • 87 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Ceasr should be off

  • 88 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Red card all day long On Shrek

  • 89 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Hate it when that happens Jack Butler lol

  • 90 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day lads 🙂

  • 91 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Fair doos mate but I don’t see where ur coming from, am happy to leave it though

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    JB…how much have they bid?

  • 93 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM


    Don’t know if they have bid mate, just a report saying they want him and are going head to head with us for his signiture

  • 94 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM


  • 95 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Fixture list out Wednesday boys, We’ll be able to gauge at what point we in the sh@t again

  • 96 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Well f’ck me Shrek goes and does it

  • 97 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Christ Rooney has scored!!!

  • 98 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Everyone is after him…agent talk mate imo anyway

    Not even sure we are after him

  • 99 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Thrills and spills!

  • 100 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Only took him 4 sitters .

  • 101 JackButler // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:46 PM


    Agree mate, he’ll end up going to whoever offers him the most money

  • 102 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    One good thing is Charlie hasn’t played for England yet so his price won’t have gone up

  • 103 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Still say game time will be a major factor on where Austin moves to with the euro’s coming up

  • 104 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    agree Jazzy

  • 105 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    That and play time I reckon, think that’s important for him having that season followed by being benched would do nothing for him

  • 106 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    How much are Liverpool paying for Ings?


  • 107 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    So bizarre probably just coincidence but you just said exactly word for word the same tweet as nufc digest just put out on twitter.

    You sure that’s not your site you keep directing us all to with links & your name’s not Rob, nufc digest editor?

    No problem if it is, i think it’s a great little site full of info mate.

  • 108 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    …I suppose it’s probably less!

  • 109 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    MR M not me mate it was just my thoughts at the time

  • 110 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Jesper 8 million in compo?

  • 111 Sack Llambias // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Not sure what your getting at. Don’t you think the blog would be so much better with a return of some of the likes of Bills, Ruddy and you mentioned the defunct IT.
    You used to post a lot more and always sparking some interest. I really am not a fan of the constantly moaning types.

  • 112 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    just found the tweet Mr M similar but not word for word mate

  • 113 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Ok fair enough, must just be great minds then mate. lol

  • 114 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    lol, I agree though I like the site for it’s article’s
    But the banter on here is the best I have seen

  • 115 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    8 shillings And a fake rolex Jesper

  • 116 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Nah they offered 4.5 mill and Burnley rejected it the last I heard.

  • 117 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Yeah the banter & differing opinions on here is fantastic, plenty of characters on here…& bloody multiples. We even have bloody Welsh too! lol

    Your right it does have plenty of good articles,it’s fast becoming a firm favourite too.

  • 118 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Touch wood I think the Welsh idiot has disappeared

  • 119 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    From Twitter
    Newcastle are rumoured to agreed a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent move

  • 120 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Rob the editor will be getting the sack soon just a hunch.

    “We now have 5 people in our team but our editor will still remain Rob”

    That’s the dreaded vote of confidence in Rob right there.

    Gone by the end of the month.

  • 121 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Ha,ha he always comes back…just like Jeff/Jane/Jib & multiple imposter Iantoon.

    Unfortunately we never seem to be able to get rid of them permanently mate.

  • 122 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Hahaha Belfast is that in the Newcastle United model?

  • 123 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I don’t see the point of trolls and multiple personalities

  • 124 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM


    I hope not bud on Jesse the crock. Was only a bit part player under McLaren, I cannot see him bringing in this lad

  • 125 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Are we just gonna be linked to former derby players?

  • 126 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Lingard? Meant to of been a big thing once upon a time how old is he now though?

  • 127 jazzyp // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Ince….Hughes….Jesse was only on loan at derby from Manure buddy

  • 128 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    22 WWSBRD

  • 129 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    I know that’s what I mean,

  • 130 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    22? Hmm not sure then would need to be registered in the squad which I doubt he would warrant that

  • 131 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    It’s all bollocks to cover up the fact that Ashley decides what players we get in, because it is Ashley who decides how much we offer other clubs for those players. And if Ashley thinks we’ll get Austin with a 10M pound offer then he’s still living in dream world.

  • 132 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Carroll on a pay per play basis? To see him play 8 games and score 3 goals a season? We should have had a pay per play with De Jong. The squad can’t be filled with sick notes if we’re to improve at all.

  • 133 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    We need players with the personality of a honey badger! Honey badger don’t give a sh*t! Grrrrr!

  • 134 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    And let’s sell Saylor. He’s another permanent sick note. Harrumph.

  • 135 Bambams // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Well we will know a little more about our club/management ambitions next week.
    I cannot see how we can go all next week without a signing if we are going to have a go next season.
    We need at least six ‘first teamers’ along with 2/3 cover players.
    We can’t leave it and pick up the scraps in the final week

  • 136 Sack Llambias // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Maclaren will be hampered by Ashley’s greed and the desire to do things on the cheap. The primary objective will be to maximise the overall profit for Ashley.
    It will be a case of business as usual with players sold as soon as an acceptable offer is received for them. With replacements being the untested and cheap variety we have seen over the Ashley years.

    Ashley’s interview prior to the West Ham game was totally contrived for the gullible fan of which we have far too many, I wish Mac well as it really would be great to have a Newcastle team to be proud of once more. I am not holding my breath.

  • 137 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Yes strike while the iron is hot !

  • 138 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    We can’t even afford scraps according to Charnley and Ashley Bambams mate. Austin is not going anywhere for 10M pounds and we wouldn’t offer him a decent wage anyway. No top striker will touch us with a ten foot pole. That’s why Remy left us. That’s why Ba left us. Nothing has changed at the top. They still think Newcastle should somehow get a cheap deal for top players. Delusional.

  • 139 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I think if they’re seriously interested in Austin there will be movement this week. I just can’t see us paying 15 million.

  • 140 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    As is standard with the way this circus is run – by the time we identify someone, done the homework, sounded him out, checked for contact loopholes etc etc…… Hes only gone and signed for another team.

    Cash to Ash

  • 141 mickalfas // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    If we make a couple of good signings,it could show other players that we intend to be a success ,instead of the circus that we are atm
    Austin for me would be a great start ,but the defence needs more attention imo,3 or 4 good defenders needed and ship out the deadwood
    We need a Carrick type midfielder and a couple of wingers with cisse/austin up front
    Hopefully de Jong can show us what he’s capable of this season

  • 142 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Mclaren is reviewing the coaching staff, then the playes – all with a clean slate. So its fair to say no transfer action this week- you wouldnt want FatAsh to be paying for players who are on holidays – zero hour contract for Carroll has been offerred

  • 143 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Some freaky sheet going on here. Ian Toon uses one of his aliases (pushy pardew) to accuse me of being one of his other aliases, if that doesn’t make sense I don’t think it’s meant to.

  • 144 Bambams // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    We are all punch drunk from the last few years and our limited investment into player recruitment.

    I cannot second guess ash, I recall his first ever interview when he stated the £20 million each window he would put in along with all profits and that “you can’t take it with you ” in relation to his wealth.
    I am a little more upbeat and for all I don’t believe 80% of what the man says, he will not want to go through another relegation when there is a 70% rise in sky money in the next couple of years.
    He lives for money, it’s just a waiting game to see if he wants to finish fourth from bottom or as has been suggested ‘win something’.
    That’s why I think we will have a bit of an idea by this week.

  • 145 mickalfas // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Still convinced the famous interview ,pre-match ,was only to deflect a shitstorm of abuse he was expecting to get during the game
    NUFC has a parasite sucking the life out of it and its name is Ashley

  • 146 GeordieTwo // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Forget the 10M pound bid Charnley. It makes you look like the fool you are. Step down before you do any more damage to the club.

  • 147 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Okay so if we are after Lingard he looks like a decent young winger

  • 148 Sack Llambias // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I hope your right. I really hope this is a relatively new beginning. We’ve certainly suffered enough.

  • 149 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    mickalfas – I fear you are spot on

  • 150 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    It just seems we are being linked to all the usual suspects & any player that has played for Mcclaren, most of these rumours are just nonsense.

    As usual when it’s transfer window time half of it is usually just made up lazy journalism with no direct quotes, links or anything…just a source has informed them.

  • 151 mickalfas // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    If we can’t afford freebies,do you really thing fatty will fork out £15m for Austin
    Call me pessimistic if you will !!,just can’t see it

  • 152 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    If Mclaren allows ‘The Board’ to dissuade him from buying any new CB then we have another patsy on the take at the club.

  • 153 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Yep we’ll be linked with the two Derby center backs next.

    The Bolo Zenden story yesterday was probably a load of tosh as well.

  • 154 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    At least this time round they’ve been forced into releasing bold statements, it was Pardew who made them last time round and people blamed Mashers up to a point which saved the fans getting on Pardews back until the end. If they break loads of promises this time round I think it will reach over breaking point pretty quickly.

  • 155 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Did anyone read that letter OP posted from The Mag, incredible that a club has to now explain that it is going to try and win something. People should be getting refunds.

  • 156 nufc786 // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    How about 10-12 mill on Austin and send Armstrong and Kemen on loan their ???

    Doubt we will pay 15 mil upfront…

  • 157 mickalfas // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Is it not normal for a championship club to strengthen the squad if they are promoted
    Only here do we look at taking championship players to strengthen our squad ,our defence is championship quality ,they are NOT good enough for NUFC
    Our club should be buying £15m players for all positions ,its the chronic underinvestment that makes it hard to progress
    Ashley OUT !!!

  • 158 NezzaNUFC // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Player search will commence on Tuesday!

  • 159 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    I honestly don’t think we will buy a CB, no body will pay Willo what we are, therefore he won’t move, same goes for STaylor. Dummet is the LB but is CB cover, so if Dummet has to play at CB Haidara takes his LB slot but even if he is in shite form he gets a game regardless. We need two players for each position.

  • 160 Bambams // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    We are going to go nuts trying to second guess ash.

    What is in our favour, for whatever reason he came out and did that interview before the west ham game is he has now gone on record stating his intentions. If he fails to live up to it he will receive further negativity from the press/sky which will not look good on his beloved Sports Direct.

    He lives by shares and owning/buying businesses or brands. He will not want that interview ( Sky are good at bringing historic quotes to the fore and doing your legs) to be played over and over again. Not good for his business portfolio !

    Let us see where we are at the end of this window, seemingly we have been saving up so can now ‘Punch above our weight’….

    Time will tell chaps

  • 161 jimiley // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    I sense a new exciting era dawning at the Toon. Ashley and Penfold and McClaren. Exciting times lie ahead boys and girls. Grip the rails and let the rollercoaster begin. Anybody think we can nick 4th spot this season?

  • 162 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Jimiley what have u been smoking?

  • 163 ronaldo aarons // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Lille are selling kjaer for 6.5 million rising to 7. As if were not in on this concerning were supposed to be in the know in France and were supposed to be in need of cbs. Good, big, strong and experienced cb going for less than 7 mill is a bargain really.

  • 164 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    this story about carroll is aload of bollocks andy has 2/3years on his west ham contract on a 100k a week and people on here are talking about him coming here on a pay per play contract and west ham will just give him to us for nowt as if

  • 165 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Jimiley it sounds expensive that stuff you have there.

  • 166 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Jail @ 152 yep that’s the barometer right there, the defense saga. Let’s see how that pans out.

  • 167 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Hibbit I read earlier his contract is worth 16 million. I think it’s safe to rule that one out. Unless of course they get him really really drunk and trick him into signing.

  • 168 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    I think if he literally came out and released a statement in capital letters saying he’s not interested in coming back the chronicle would still say he’s desperate to come back.

  • 169 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Don’t think Carroll’s primary interest is football anyway certainly not since he got on to the big money.

  • 170 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    I see I got hailed by Blackley as being a better poster as Pokat. I guess he misses being torn a fresh one on a regular basis. I’ll see if I can fix that 🙂

  • 171 BandB // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I think the way the polls about McClaren went from being 85 per cent negative to 60 per cent positive as soon as it became clear he would be signed anyway pretty much took all the heat off Ashley to spend big.

  • 172 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    ah Tsunki thought it had been quiet 🙂

  • 173 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Why would a player who has 4 years left on his contract, supposedly earning between 80-105k a week and hardly plays 10 games a season want to come back here on a pay as you play deal?

    He’d never get paid. Apart from when he’s ordered to work in the club shop.

    He can just stay where he is earning megabucks for doing nowt.

    Hard choice for big Andy I’d imagine….

  • 174 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    I have found it slightly alarming how time and effective pr have cooled the ire of the masses. Mention of Steve Mac as Pardew’s replacement would have blown the lid off this place. Now the palm branches are being waved in front of him. Well let’s see.

  • 175 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Looks like there’s only been about 8 separate posters on tonight.

  • 176 BandB // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    It’s mayfly time on the blog.

  • 177 Thump // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    @Tsunki: I’m only commenting to make that number 9.

  • 178 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Ah Ronaldo, does he have sell-on value though. That’s the 7m pound question isn’t it.

    We know the club only purchase players with that in mind not to actually improve the squad.

  • 179 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Somebody’s alias accusing me of being another of his own aliases. Incredible !

  • 180 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    I say bring back pokat and his small potatoes. Much more entertaining than the original.

    8 posters in one night eh. More than usual I suppose. Things are looking up, get the palm leaves ready.

  • 181 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:34 PM


  • 182 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Pokat poked the wasps nest.

  • 183 coatesy17 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Just rewatched this, just listen to the noise from us specially on the first goal… miss these scenes

  • 184 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Pokat poked potatoes passionately 😀

  • 185 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Ac the new blog poet!!

  • 186 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    The adverts on here are getting worse conveniently located beside the publish comment area. Pain in the arse

  • 187 kilcline // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Chester and Ince double bid tabled next week at around £9m

    Austin will not join as mentioned previously

  • 188 jimmysmith // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    The fans will give Ashley until the end of the transfer window and McClaren their initial support, that doesn’t mean it will last if either doesn’t deliver. If nothing changes, who would expect a crowd that has already arced up, to remain compliant. I don’t trust Ashley, nor entirely distrust him, but I do doubt his ambitions are much greater than figuring out the level of ambition the crowd will live with. To be frank, i’d say it is top eight or thereabouts, a cup run, and decent football, which I imagine Ashley will deliver in patches, because delivering it consistently would require greater expertise and financial outlay than he’s comfortable with, but it will be better than we’ve seen so far.

  • 189 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    You still getting your information from Burnsie Kilcline?

  • 190 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Dost “closing in”

  • 191 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    give u the mirror cos that’s blank

  • 192 Blofal // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Is Das Bost any good?

    I know he has scored a lot of goals this season but when I looked up the highlights they were all tap ins.

  • 193 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    If they sign Dost they won’t be signing Austin

  • 194 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    I’d rather have Austin than dost

  • 195 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I really can’t see them paying 15 million for Austin or anybody else for that matter.

    10 million max I reckon. Dost for 9 million sounds more believable.

    I hope I’m wrong because you won’t get any top players for 10 and under.

  • 196 NezzaNUFC // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM


    Bas offers nothing and would probably fail at NUFC and the PL itself.

    If we do sign him don’t get your hopes up

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