McClaren After Transfer Talks – It’s Been A Great Productive Week

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out !

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    That was quick JFA lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    He certainly does say the right things mind.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Productive? no coaches and no players
    are you sure?

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes, what about the coaches at least!

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    it’s ridiculous Ron

  • The Great Valerio

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    “I can’t wait for the start of July.”

    It’s the middle of June so he’s probably going to have to, all the same…

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Odds changing but Charlie Austin has just gone on holiday so nowt will happen for a while!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9


    Have you changed your account? Its just that i use the mobile site, and your coloured square has changed. Its a pale blue patern now when it was green yesterday

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    We got the bogs cleaned, the grass has been cut and next week we’ll wash the windows and sweep the car park.

  • firebug666

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Now now gentlemen, who needs coaches when we have Super Steve, his words of inspiration will astound you, the players will be doing exactly what he wants them to do, and if not, he’ll hit them with his brolly.

  • ashleysmate

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12

    How the hell has it been a productive week? You can almost hear the tumbleweed blowing through SJP Yet swansea and lpool have got at least 2 in already. …and keep WHAT momentum going? We haven’t even started….as usual

  • Sazzer

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    What are the odds on Steven Fletcher?

  • PSYCHOtoon

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

    The ability to anticipate is a hallmark of cognition. Inferences about what will occur in the future are critical to decision making, enabling us to prepare our actions so as to avoid harm and gain reward. Given the importance of these future projections, one might expect the brain to possess accurate, unbiased foresight. Humans, however, exhibit a pervasive and surprising bias: when it comes to predicting what will happen to us tomorrow, next week, or fifty years from now, we overestimate the likelihood of positive events, and underestimate the likelihood of negative events.

    SM is a major sufferer of optimisim bias .. but he’ll learn fast

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    What were these meetings about? Other planned meetings but you couldn’t agree on when and where more like. Go on your holidays lads there’s nothing to see here was the most likely outcome.

    About as much use as a Swansea supporter on a nufc blog.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16


    What are the odds on steven fletcher…. throwing chickens at houses?

    It was kind of an open question, that one 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I wonder if Stevie boy got his lawyers to pick his contract to bits, things might not be as they seemed if they didn’t. Investment in the playing squad could literally mean buying them all new socks.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #18

    no I haven’t mate YCMIU

  • GarageFlower

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Looks like everyone got a headstart on me trying to use all of SM’s words against him as if he’d been in the job for yars.

  • musomag

    Jun 18, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Positive week my ar$e


  • GeordieGadie

    Jun 18, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone remember what happened with SM in Forest? he was only there 112 DAYS (not weeks, days as in 24 hours each) and walked out, reason was? .. too much promises, ni nowt spent.

    So .. our fat btrd has played it right, get someone in cheap, shock him, he walks out, bring back Joe Kinnear, everybody ‘appy .. I hate London

  • mactoon

    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #22

    I think McClaren has realised he is getting shafted like pardew and is starting to spout the corporate bull to cover the fact he is becoming another yes man

  • MassiveG

    Jun 19, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Chelsea and their money…they can just take Ba, Remy and Austin when they mean nothing to them and everything to us….they would do well to remember we finished above them as the Abramovich money first came in

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 19, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #24

    All these professionals and they don’t know what we need yet? That’s a bit worrying. It’s been pretty obvious for two seasons now.

  • dannitoon

    Jun 19, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew to sell us ameobi for 2m

  • Trigzznufc

    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #26

    My nufc15/16 transfers sell riviere. …cisse. …Taylor. …Williamson. ..anita. haidara. …dummet. ……by sam.byram ….berahino. ..w. hughes….frimpong…..and andre gomes….redmond…..Bamford. …micah…..zach clough…..Santon. …..lacazette…..toral. …gauld?…iheanacho(man city)….kondogbia? ..or..nono….mings. ..

    Gk ..krul..Farlow
    Rb….Janmaat. .byram..
    Lb…Santon. .mings
    Cb…colo. .lascelles. .micah…Douglas. ..mcnair…
    Rm..redmond…p Roberts (fc twente)
    Lm..aarons..caluum Roberts.. (yu17) anya. .. (Scotland int)
    Am…cabella ..Sissoko. .dejong…andre. .gomes. .will hughes…toral..gauld..
    St….iheanacho….berahino. …Bamford. ..lacazette…


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