There’s a report in the Chronicle today that it’s their understanding that Steve McClaren is hoping to make our first signing in the transfer market in the next two weeks, and that Steve hopes to have a player in before the first pre-season game at Gateshead.
The first friendly at the International Stadium on Friday 10th July, just before the lads fly out to the US for their three game tour starting at Milwaukee against Club Atlas at the Miller Park on Tuesday, 14th July.
Steve McClaren – still hasn’t got coaching team in place
Here is Newcastle’s pre-season schedule in full.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|
If that’s true then there is quite a disconnect between what the fans are expecting and what the club is doing in the transfer market at the moment.
The Magpies are reported to be close to signing both Bas Dost of Wolfsburg and Charlie Austin of QPR, but we still have some work to do to get any of those players through the door.
We reported yesterday that Dost’s coach at the German club – Dieter Hecking – advised him not to move to Newcastle:
“Why does Bas want to go there?” “He can play in the next season’s Champions League with us.”
“”He will not be able to do that next season at Newcastle nor probably in the following season at Newcastle.”
“We don’t want to let any of our players go.”
And news in the Express late last night that Newcastle are now in the lead to sign Charlie Austin is difficult to believe.
But after losing nine of our last eleven games in the league under John Carver, that would suggest Newcastle need to strengthen the squad big time this summer, and we’ve been told money is available.
Just how much money is available has been reported to be anywhere between £25M and £60M – so take your choice.
Steve McClaren still has to announce his coaching staff, with time passing by and just one week to go before the players start reporting back from their summer break.
Newcastle need to show more urgency in their efforts to get both players and coaches into the club – it’s not like we finished in the top six in the Premier League last season.
In fact we finished in the bottom six.