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


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.

Phew!!!!!

steve mcclaren nufc holding shirt

Steve McClaren – top coach by all accounts

John’s record in full was not good.

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League1934121835-1713
FA Cup100101-1
Overall2034131836-1813

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.



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100 comments so far

  • stan anderson

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    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.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Apparently Paul Simpson is now a free agent.

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  • G peart 83

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Wakey wakey get some players signed ASAP

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  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/steve-mcclaren-any-good-newcastle-5885445

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  • Slank

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Novocastrian66 @ 2

    Did Paul Simpson get sacked or did he resign ?

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • The Great Valerio

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • sparky55

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #11

    @7 bambams

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

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  • killers_perm

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • kimbo

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #14

    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?

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  • Slank

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Bambams

    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.

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  • kakaobi

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    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

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  • jamo964

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    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!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    pmsl @bug fest

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Has to be true we paid good money for it

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22

    …none of your small potaaaaaaaatoes!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    OK I’ll stop it now 🙂

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  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Slank
    Cheers for that fella

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  • Belfast

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Yep stop it.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • BigB75

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Me too Belfast!

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  • Belfast

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • Blackstarbullet

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Belfast

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #31

    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.

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  • BigB75

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Still think he will come here!

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Advocaat after Jeremain Lens.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #36

    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.”

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  • Slank

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #37

    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 ?

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • geordieviking

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #39

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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