McClaren Explains What He’s Trying To Do At Newcastle

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.

196 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    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

  • Jib

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

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

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    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

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #4

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

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Georginio Wijnaldum for 15 million being reported?

    Be amazed if we shell out that much on one player

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6


    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.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with you Blackley

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9


    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

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • JDdubai

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

  • BandB

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #12

    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…..

  • Pete Martel

    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #14


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

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

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

  • jazzyp

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17


    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

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18


    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

  • JDdubai

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    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????????

  • JDdubai

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #20


    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.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #21

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

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #22

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

  • JackButler

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #23


    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

  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

  • Slank

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25


    Which game is this ?

  • hibbit

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27

    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

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #28

    England game slank

  • jazzyp

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29


    England v Slovenia mate

  • jazzyp

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #30

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

  • BandB

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #31

    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.

  • canuckmag

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

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

  • mickalfas

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    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

  • jazzyp

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #34

    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 !!

  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #35

    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?

  • Iain Dowie

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36

    i would love us to sign


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

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 14, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • JDdubai

    Jun 14, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 14, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 14, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #40

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

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