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.
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?