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McClaren – To Be Successful Everybody Needs To Be Together

9:00 am, Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Steve McClaren could be announcing his new back-room staff as early as today, and it will be interesting to see who he brings in, but we hope he gets in Steve Black – the fitness guru – and that will be one way to get to the bottom of what Newcastle have had so many injuries for so many years and we keep ending up at the top of the Premier League Injury table.

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Steve McClaren – everybody needs to be together

Steve McClaren has lots of experience in management since 1999, after being assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United (they won th treble in 1999), he then managed at Middlesbrough, England, Twente, Wolfsburg,  Nottingham Forest and Derby County, and now he comes into one of the most difficult jobs in football – manager of Newcastle United.

It helps that Steve has been through the wringer a few times and today he has talked about the Newcastle job:

“This has probably got to be the toughest job, one of the biggest.”

“I’ve had lots of experience and I feel I’m ready to take this challenge on and to take this club forward.” “I can’t do it on my own and I need good people around me.”

“I’m excited and can’t wait to get started at a huge club. All I want to is to help bring success not just for the players but for the fans as well.”

“That’s the aim, the dream of everybody.” “We had that dream at Middlesbrough when we came in and we achieved it.”

“We’ve got that dream here and we need to achieve it but you only do it by everybody being together, by everybody pulling in the right direction.”

“Winning things is a long process but I’m delighted to be here at the start of it.”

We’ll hear  a lot from Steve in the next few months about everybody having to be together and McClaren will know all about the fan protests last season, which were first aimed at getting rid of Alan Pardew, which was successful ikn the end – when he bolted at the end of December.

However his replacement John Carver almost got us relegated in what was a second half of the season disaster for Newcastle, and eventually cost Carver his job at the club.

And then there was the effort to get owner Mike Ashley out of the club, and has not been successful.

It’s difficult to have a winning team when the fans are protesting during games, and presumably everybody now will get behind Steve and the new Board – which doesn’t now include Ashley.

But we don’t know what the plans of the Ashley-Out group are – or even who they are – and whether they will keep protesting next season.

If the portests end then we may even be able to win something next year.

It’s a huge decision in itself that we are going to try to win one of the cups next season – and we need a good run in both cups – and then who knows what may happen?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · FA Cup · Head coach · League Cup · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I find Moncur’s remarks bizarre.
    I can’t imagine Ashley ever throwing money at a business problem. And is Moncur implying that Fatso has ever contemplated investing £100 million in the club? It’s laughable.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    It isn’t the everybody in the board and back room not pulling together that worries me. It is without question the direction that they will all be pulling in. So far it all seems very similar to the past few years. Names bandied about, little action, lots of vague prose from club figures on ambition, spending well, etc.

    Less chit chat, more actually backing up the talk with action. People are rightly sceptical of every word uttered by senior figures at the club, so they would do better to talk less and act more at this stage. Once they have strengthened the squad appropriately, and re structured the back room staff then they can start to talk, and people might actually take it at face value.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Ron Knee,
    Moncur sold himself for thirty pieces of silver long ago. He is now just another cog in the Bishop/Ashley machine, and does what he is told. Incredibly sad that he and Beardsley as club legends have tarnished their reputations by towing the party line for Ashley.

  • 4 one fine day // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Fattys biggest problem is he thinks of us as a retail outlet.
    Every January he has a sale ffs.
    We will see this jan who is really the board “calling the shots”
    Let’s see if bob ” sorry mike did that tickle you?” Moncur and Carr have balls to stand up and refuse to let decent players be sold mid season no matter how high the offer.
    On the merry go round that is Austin.
    Have we learned nothing if we are serious then make an official bid and offer terms THIS WEEK.
    Then we have an answer one way or the other .
    If Austin doesn’t fancy us then fine move on.
    Look at other targets .
    Let’s not dick around for the entire summer like we did with remy,PEA and lacazette ( allegedly)
    Otherwise we will end up with another rivière and some chelsea bench warmer on loan

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Someone sticking up for JC theres a first

  • 6 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    We deffo need to get some players in

  • 7 Ron Knee // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Yes, it’s sad, given what players they were. As “ambassador”, Moncur has to toe the party line – or resign. But why was it necessary for Beardsley to tarnish his reputation by spouting all that PR bullsh*t?

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Strange for Jonas to stick up for Carver cos the way he was told he was wanted know more with a telephone call to him and Raylor stinks.
    Should of man-ned-up and had a one-to-one to thank them for there services explained why they are know longer wanted and wished them well for the future – does’nt take much

  • 9 sparky55 // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    The key to this working is Zenden if he comes…we need him or someone like him that can make the team play football like everyone else is now rather than out the ball up the pitch ala Pardew and Carver.

    If we don’t get Zenden or someone with a similar footballing background to train the midfield and get them playing the way they’ve brought up to play, then the job gets harder for SM because you won’t get 35 million of value buying good players in and then allowing them to be Pardewed or carved up…it’s ALL about the coaching and good coaches will actually fit Ashleys model better because the players will be worth more when sold on if they play better and get international recognition.

    We have a much better chance of climbing the league if Zenden comes

  • 10 mickalfas // Jun 15, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    If the protests end we may win the cup,are you fcuking serious man
    Half of our squad are not good enough for the premiership
    The protests are because of the shite we buy,the hopefully they’ll turn out to be great buys attitude
    Change the transfer policy,buy quality players and the protests end ,simples
    Ashley OUT !!

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