One of the things we like about Steve McClaren is that he’s an excellent communicator, and he’s almost the polar opposite of John Carver – who was good only at communicating about himself and what he wanted to achieve on Tyneside – like get the head coach position.
When you do that kind of thing – it’s very difficult to have good leadership skills.
The other thing we like about Steve is that he’s very willing to communicate and tell Newcastle fans what’s going on – and since the head coach is almost the single source of information we get about Newcastle, that’s got to be good.
Steve McClaren – it’s been a great productive week
Steve has completed talks with the other three members of the Board, Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr and Club Ambassador Bob Moncur, on the transfer targets, and so we hope there’s some signings coming up shortly.
This is what Steve has said:
“It has been a great week, a productive week and everything is very positive,” “It’s been a week of getting to know people, getting to know the structure and getting to know the staff.”
“I’ve been sat down with Graham, Lee and Bob, going through what the plans are, what the club has been doing, the current squad, targets and assessing things.”
“We have to build some momentum and then keep that going, and that is what we are trying to do.” “Behind the scenes, we are working very, very hard to make sure we are ready for the new season.” “I’m starting to put my stamp on things.”
“Without going into too much detail, it’s really been about assessing what has been happening at the club and how we can progress and move things forward.” “I want to send a very clear message to the staff and players that this is a fresh start for everybody, and that we have to all pull together to have an exciting season.”
“It’s a new beginning for Newcastle United, and it’s a nice time to assess things before the players return for pre-season training and the hard work begins.” “I can’t wait for the start of July.”
“That is what the job is all about – having the players around, getting out on the training pitch and getting down to work, preparing for the new season.”
McClaren is a very positive guy, but it’s difficult to be successful in anything if you aren’t positive, as long as you are also realistic about things.
Steve still has to announce his back-room staff, but we can only assume from Steve’s point of view the meetings this week have gone very well.
It would also be very good to have at least a couple of signings in the next week or so.
What do you think?