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Hopefully It’s A New Era At Newcastle With Steve McClaren

2:52 pm, Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

Last week Newcastle United fired John Carver and Steve Stone, and it seemed that was much to the relief of most fans since John had a terrible record at Newcastle in the 20 games he managed – and he did so poorly that Newcastle even decided to fire him when he still had five years of his eight year deal to run.

But there’s little doubt his record was simply abysmal and we won our last game thankfully, but before that we had just two wins in 19 games and were 4th bottom on that last day of the season after we were 9th top when he took over, and of course we could even have been relegated – but we hammered West Ham 2-0 and the lads played really well and we were safe.


steve mcclaren nufc holding shirt

Steve McClaren – top coach by all accounts

John’s record in full was not good.

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The sacking of John Carver came as a bit of a shock, and we were convinced he would stay at the club (wrong again!),  but his firing opened up the way for Newcastle to bring in a whole new coaching team – and then last Wednesday Steve McClaren was announced as the new Newcastle head coach.

Steve is well respected in football circles and he’s a real gentleman,  and it’s been a little surprising how fairly positive Newcastle fans have been to his appointment, and many players have come out and said Steve was one of the best coaches they played for in their careers.

And in the Chronicle today, fellow Newcastle Board member and former captain Bob Moncur has welcomed the announcement:

“I’m excited about the appointment.” “Whoever we appointed, we were never going to get everyone saying he’s the right man,  but overall I think he’s a very good appointment.”

“I think he understands the game, he’s been around a long time, he’s got a lot of contacts, he’s well respected.”

“The one thing I do know is that around the people I’ve spoken to in football since this was mooted is that he’s an outstanding coach and that’s exactly what we need at the moment – to get the players playing.”

“Of course it will help – and it’s not easy, but the more good players you’ve got, the easier it is to coach.”

The coach is very important and we have seen recent cases where a manager has come in and with the same players available, has organized them and made them into a much better team.

That happened last year at Crystal Palace when Tony Pulis came in and became Manager of the Season for the expert way in which he organized the side, and Palace started to pick up points and easily avoided relegation.

This year Tony has done much the same thing at West Brom and Alan Pardew, after leaving Newcastle had  Palace winning games and they gained a massive 19 points on Newcastle in the second half of the season and finished in 10th place and five places and 9 points above us in the league table.

So it’s very clear how important a coach is in football, and since by all accounts we have now got one of the best to manage Newcastle – then this could signal a new start at Newcastle.

We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News

100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stan anderson // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    I do think Carlton Cole is available at the moment.
    Shola could be brought in again,also.
    This is the calibre of player we should expect and then we wont be disappointed
    Ashley OOT.

  • 2 Novocastrian66 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Apparently Paul Simpson is now a free agent.

  • 3 G peart 83 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Wakey wakey get some players signed ASAP

  • 4 Jib // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    I clicked on this expecting a really sycophantic load of old bull from one of the preferred media partners.
    Refreshingly there is no trace of punch pulling or editorial interference at all.

  • 5 Slank // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Novocastrian66 @ 2

    Did Paul Simpson get sacked or did he resign ?

  • 6 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    great news if its true we have got bas dost for 9mil !

    he will be great for perez/arma to play off and can score to boot.

  • 7 Bambams // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Where has this been reported….or is this just rumour fella

  • 8 The Great Valerio // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    About time we had a reminder of Carver’s record as interim head coach. It’s been a while…

  • 9 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Juanmi to Soton

  • 10 sparky55 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    new era my arse…same old same old…every player we target is giving us a wide berth and that’s what happens when you hire uninspiring managers. It was hard enough for Keegan to attract top players to newcastle because of geography so in-inspiring managers like SM will find it well difficult for sure.

    Juanmi going to southampton which means Austin will go to West Ham and we get Carroll FFS

    Our success rate in signing the players we really target is pathetic…all we get is our 5th / 6th choice on our list along with freebies and the mentally damaged / challenged

  • 11 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    @7 bambams

    2 secs buddy i’ll find the link for you just got back from work and was the first thing i read.

  • 12 killers_perm // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Can someone please explain why we believe / expect / demand to have already signed a number of players when the window is not yet open ? Only those free agents can officially move, all the rest is pure speculation from press, media, SSN who are desperate to keep their readers/viewers tuned in ( retain their advertising revenues through the close season). I have boycotted matches last season, 1st time in 30 years I’ve missed home games but even I feel we need to be patient for a week or two longer before deciding we are not going to bring anyone in.

  • 13 Tsunki // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Why are we getting excited about signing Bug Fest? Didn’t we have the same buzz about Riviere once? And LDJ?

  • 14 kimbo // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    New era same issues, any player we are after, well, we will not get if another club puts in a bid. Austin will go elsewhere, Das Bost will be offered more wages by championship team so which players will come to Newcastle?

  • 15 Slank // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM


    If it’s reported in the club’s authorised media outlets the Mirror and Sky then it’s more than likely to be nearer the truth than any other media outlet.

    With so many Dutch players already at the club and McClaren having managed in Holland we surely can expect the media to link almost every Dutch player with us.

  • 16 kakaobi // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    MacClaren says he all ways wanted NUFC job but somehow waited till he was on the dole before he took it its all propaganda to get the season tickets sold. We must have the hardest line in the world to get players to cross even Swansea manage to get our targets to cross a line sorry but Ashley is bull sh@tting us all yet again

  • 17 jamo964 // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    One day they may stop talking shite and look at running a football club! Lots of propaganda! Its becoming boring! We are further behind most teams, yet we are once again slower to act!

    Start being accountable!

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Chelsea now betting favourites

  • 19 Tsunki // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Ha ha love it if it’s gone through the paying guests it’s bound not to be washed, dried, sugar coated and bagged up for public consumption. Yeah.

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    pmsl @bug fest

  • 21 Tsunki // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Has to be true we paid good money for it

  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    …none of your small potaaaaaaaatoes!

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    OK I’ll stop it now 🙂

  • 24 Bambams // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Cheers for that fella

  • 25 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Yep stop it.

  • 26 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I’m thinking Jumangi every time I see that name.

  • 27 BigB75 // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Me too Belfast!

  • 28 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    I stuck a fiver on Austin to Southampton last night 9/1

  • 29 Blackstarbullet // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Why on earth would Austin go to Chelsea just to sit on his backside for majority of matches. He doesn’t strike me as a money grabber and he’ll need plenty of game time if he’s to progress his England claims.

  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    If I ever write a book on the transfer window I’m gonna call it “Newcastle set to miss out on…..”

  • 31 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    He’d be pretty thick if he went to Chelsea like. Unless of course he’s completely money driven. Any striker going there is playing second fiddle to Costa and Falcao probably.

  • 32 BigB75 // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Still think he will come here!

  • 33 Sazzer // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Advocaat after Jeremain Lens.

  • 34 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    So we are now losing all our targets to other clubs. Why am I not surprised?

    We will end up with championship level forwards. But that may not be the worst thing. Who knows they might step up a notch in the epl and surprise us.

  • 35 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    BigB75 // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    He probably would come, but will we pay the 15 million that allows us to speak to him ? I’m not convinced.

  • 36 Ron Knee // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Everything is crystal clear now:
    What is Moncur’s new role?
    “It won’t be much different to what it was as an ambassador and presumably I’m still the ambassador.”

  • 37 Slank // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Blackstarbullet @ 27

    ‘..Why on earth would Austin go to Chelsea just to sit on his backside for majority of matches…’

    They said that about Remy.

    Déjà vu again ?

  • 38 Sazzer // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    I don’t think Chelsea will go for Austin especially if the already got Falcao signed up. But QPR is probably going to want the best deal for them rather than Austin.

  • 39 geordieviking // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Do all those screaming for immediate signings realise that the transfer window doesn’t officially open until July 1st?

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Players go to Chelsea because they pay well. We don’t. It’s as simple as that. Just ask Remy and Ba. Having Charnley chase players around and beg them to take a pay cut to come play for us is ridiculous but it’s what we do.

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Lee Charnley: “Charley we’d love to have you play for us. We don’t have a lot of money as the owner is unusually poor for a billionaire but we’ll try to put a nice little package together for you. The emphasis will be on little.”
    Charlie Austin: “Piss off whoever you are.”

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    the transfer window opened last week

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Any thoughts on who we can actually afford in Mike’s mind? Possibly a Division Three striker? Or a smallish CB from Borneo?

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Bobby Moncur: “I wanted to be club Pinhead but Lee Charnley has that one nailed down for himself. So I’ve decided to continue to be club ambassador and embarrass myself making delusional comments supportive of Mike Ashley.”

  • 45 Belfast // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    It’s open now. The 1st of July is just the earliest registration date. You can sign somebody now but obviously it’s not official until the 1st of July.

  • 46 cyprus // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    50 mil. Not a penny less than that needs to be spent for our 6 new first teamers.

    I hope you realise that SM. And those above you too.

    REMEMBER, someone said we make our luck from now on.

    CL here we come 🙂

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Why the continuing ban for the majority of the press by the club? Are they afraid of something? I thought this was the dawn of a new era? Almost nobody allowed to attend the introduction of Steve McLaren as head coach. It’s almost as if the club is preparing itself for more criticism or something. Or am I being overly cynical? Harrumph.

  • 48 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    NUFC now linked with two forwards who play in the NASL, which is the league below the MLS…

    I.P. Freeley, who knows how to hit the back of things
    Justin Case, a quality bench player, to back up Cisse

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    CL meaning the Cack League cyprus mate?

  • 50 BandB // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    The preferred media arrangements are just a new name for a very old journalistic practice….paying for stories.
    As Slank says, they are more likely to be true. They won’t be shelling out hard cash for club tripe. Though Sky may still do Ashley the odd favour.
    I imagine there will be a mutually beneficial advertising tie-in, as the advertisers call all the shots with the media these days.

  • 51 WLtoon // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    It s early days as far as sighnig playrtd.
    Hardly an activity antwhere atm. i still think we will bring in one or two but we will be totally underwhelmed and flat by August.
    Same old im afraid.

  • 52 cyprus // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    So Dok,
    you actually have two leagues? I’m impressed 🙂

    When I was there, the best player I got to see was… me

  • 53 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Training camp only 16 days away. But by all means take your time signing players Charnley. It’s not like we have an urgent need or anything.

  • 54 Ron Knee // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Be careful what you say about Kim Jong Ashley.

  • 55 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:51 PM


    sorry about that buddy

    i got a bloody virus that took out all my internet ect just got it sorted now and ye slanks right.

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Here’s a lineup we can already field. It probably terrorizes our opponents to think they would have to facie it:
    Sterry Willo Mbabu Dummett
    Obertan Vukic Bigi Ferguson
    Riviere Gouffran
    Don’t laugh lads, this could be the starting lineup for the beginning of the season.

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    should read they would have to face it. Harrumph.

  • 58 JamesToon // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    We need some at least 7 signings, and finished products who are proven. Not these “might be” players aka Riviére.

    Virgil van Dijk
    Carl Jenkinson
    Luke Garbutt
    Yohan Cabaye
    Florian Thauvin
    Charlie Austin
    Loic Remy

    Janmaat, Taylor, van Dijk, Garbutt
    Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko
    Thauvin, Austin, Remy

    That would give us a backbone, a spine of top quality players. We haven’t had that kind of core since 11/12

  • 59 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:58 PM


    its true, “soccer” here is growing by trips and falls….

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    We must have faith in our Dear Leader Ron Knee mate. And everything he says is true as well! I’m already planning the cup celebration!

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I’m sure we could win 2 games with my starting lineup JamesToon mate. And mine is much cheaper as well. Mike Ashley is a visionary. He sees us playing in the lower leagues.

  • 62 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    It’s early days but Liverpool have already signed Milner. What have we done?

  • 63 BandB // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM


    That’s a jolly good team you’ve picked there.
    Far better the G2’s tight-fisted effort.
    I vote you for next owner.

  • 64 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    get dost/austin in and a decent cb or 2 and we will be well on the way imo.

    a lb if possible also

  • 65 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:07 PM


  • 66 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    And possibly some midfielders that aren’t injured all the time as well croftus mate. And possibly another keeper. And some wingers would be nice.

  • 67 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM


  • 68 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    So we don’t have any of the top 100 valued players in Europe? Impossible! We’ve been building a top side for 8 years now. Mike speak to the people that run that website @63. They clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Tight fisted effort BandB mate? Harrumph. That is my Premium Grade starting 11. We have lesser sides we can put out you know.

  • 70 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    pmsl G2

  • 71 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    @63 tfl

    good read that m8 and ye he’s english so over rated and over value’d but imo is worth it if we can convince him to come to us as we need a hero to cheer us fans up.

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Can anyone come up with a cheaper starting 11 for Mike? He would appreciate the input. They have to be players we already have signed of course. None of this entering into bidding wars for other clubs’ players. Ridiculous idea. Harrumph.

  • 73 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Croftus a big hero yeah

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    You already have a hero in place croftus mate. It’s the Wally with the Brolly.

  • 75 JamesToon // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Still annoys me to this day that pardew froze out mbiwa, he was a good ball playing defender who just needed time, had great potential.

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    And there’s also Lee “There’s a Big Wad of Cash in My Pocket but I’m still Happy to See You” Charnley as another club hero. Beautiful.

  • 77 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    its not been the same since our last hero joke kinear left has it 🙁

    oh hold on there was alan pardont wasnt there…….then john carve the players a new one !………sigh…….bring back the good old days of ruud gullit >.<

  • 78 JamesToon // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    wouldn’t be in such desperation for a cb if we still had mbiwa

  • 79 BandB // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:29 PM


    What’s the rush for new signings?
    The end-of-line sales don’t start until August.
    You only need new signings to bed-in and give the fans a sweet taste of anticipation of things to come during a round of mouth-watering pre-season engagements.
    But seeing as that sort of football logic is just so old-hat and downright commercially inefficient (if you ask me) why bother?
    Ashley is re-thinking the game, you see.
    He has customers who “just love it”.
    So why hand out candy, when the baby is quite happy to hand it over to you?

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    But what about the dawn of a new era BandB? What about the “I’m not leaving until we win silverware”? Do we need to put Mike in front of a Truth and Honesty Commission to get the details? Surely not. We know this man. This gentleman of football who has done such great things at Newcastle United. Mike has clearly taken a stand. Great things are on the way. Just renew that season’s ticket immediately and then sit back and watch the silverware pour in.

  • 81 Munster Mag // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Sparky, who says that Austin will go the West Ham ?

  • 82 Munster Mag // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Ed, how come you have turned about face so much re McClaren?? A week ago you wouldnt touch him with a stick ???????????

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    As Official Head of Silverware at the club now I can tell you all that we are fully prepared to handle the overwhelming silverware workload we are about to be subjected to. I know a lot of you were worried about that. So chill my peeps.

  • 84 optimistic prime // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Did Sammy sign his contract offer?

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    He’s trying to line up a part time job on the side right now optimate. If he can get one that pays decently he can afford to sign the contract offer.

  • 86 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    @82 op

    no idea m8 they offered him one but not heard he accepted nor has he been released !!!!!!

  • 87 optimistic prime // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    He’ll be our marque signing 😉

  • 88 firebug666 // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Here’s the latest news from Newcastle United…

    So there we have it.

  • 89 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I have on good authority that the following players are going to be signed by the club. Now going under the Cone of Silence:
    “…….. hear me? Excell….. Our first signing will be…….ie……rn. Followed by L.. …te. Th…. it … now.

  • 90 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Munster Mag …that could be said about 70% of the blog voters on here as well!

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    I hope everyone’s Cone of Silence is working well. Those are certainly going to be exciting signings.

  • 92 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    I’m also very excited about Remi Streete joining Port Vale. Off to bigger and better things then.

  • 93 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    TFL…interesting article about player value. It tells me two things:

    1) there’s a huge difference between asking price and real value. Football value is a case of supply and demand.

    2) English players are overprized

    What I have learned though is that half the ppl on here don’t care about this. Do I understand that? No! I will probably face being called an accountant but that is better than being financial challenged.

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    I warned you lads some time ago to get your Cone of Silence Upgrade Kits. Only 7 euros monthly from Manly Men Inc.

  • 95 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    GT…what a player Remi Streete apparently were!

  • 96 lochinvar // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Is there a danger that if we get Dost to play alongside Rivière, Cisse and Aaron’s then no room for Austin ? One big CF with fast and lighter players feeding off the mathem he can cause to defences.
    Wouldn’t surprise me if Carrol came back on loan as cover for Dost, with West ham paying half his wages – then it sort of makes sense ?
    But still would like to see Austin in number 9 shirt , just feel that could be good for him and us as well !

  • 97 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Jesper mate, I am financially challenged! I feel we need to get value for money. If a player doesn’t perform for us he goes straight to a Sh*te Direct mill in Bangladesh and works off his fees and wages there. That should only take about 30 years. Fair is fair. Harrumph.

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Why pay the going rate for players? We already have top, top players signed by Pardew, Kinnear, Carr, Llambeezee’s granny etc. etc. We have Obertan, we have Saylor, we have Riviere, we have De Jong, we have Dummett. They all had superb seasons for us. Why waste money on more top players? It’s just ridiculous you lot. Just get real people.

  • 99 croftus5678 // Jun 15, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    @93 jesper

    i understand where your coming from.

    dost 9mil vs austin 15mil with dost arguably the better proven player but untested in the prem and austin spending 1 season in the prem.

    i wouldnt turn either player down tbh and i’d be perfectly happy with either/both ! pride wise though i’d like austin as he’s got a real chance of playing for england and is classed as home grown so helps towards the rest of the foriegn count we are allowed to have in the squad.

    most us nufc fans in england can remember the pride we got from watching shearer score the goals for england and how much he made us proud to be toon fans and although its great to see tiote/sissoko ect do the same its not the same effect as when its for our own country.

  • 100 mickalfas // Jun 15, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    We need Shola back to keep Sammi company,Luuk to keep Siem company,keep Riviere ,sell Cisse ,Perez and Arma and gouff
    The money will pay the wages for the three musketeers for the next 5 years
    Must be looking at nearly 10 goals a season between them ,if we’re lucky
    Lucky for us the defence is so strong,we don’t need to strengthen
    How’s that sound fatty,no outlayplus the wages covered ,sorted man

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