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It’s Vital That McClaren Gets Full Backing From Ashley

9:37 am, Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Steve Harper was at Newcastle for 20 years after he was signed by Kevin Keegan back in 1993 from Seaham Red Star and in that time Steve made 199 first team appearances for the club.

For the last two years since leaving Newcastle, he’s been at Hull City where he played 31 times, but now is a free agent after his contract was not renewed by the relegated club.

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Steve Harper – while at Newcastle

We expect Steve to come back to Newcastle at some point in the future as a coach, but until then he’s watching the club make a transition from Alan Pardew to Steve McClaren.

Steve thinks McClaren is a good coach but with the disastrous season Newcastle have just had, it’s very important we strengthen the side if we are not going to be fighting relegation for the third year in four next season.

This is what Harper has said today in the Shields Gazette:

“He needs backing, first of all,” “Last year obviously John Carver was in there and I think with the squad available to him, it was very tough for him.”

“They need to spend some money, and by all accounts they are going to.¨ “Hes a good football coach but McClaren needs money to spend.”

“Hopefully he can assemble a good staff and the owner and Board give him some money to spend.¨ “It would be great to see Newcastle back up in the top 10 where they belong.”

The upcoming season is extremely important for Newcastle and it’s a surprise that we are still looking for our first new player coming into the club with less than a week to go before pre-season begins.

There’s still plenty of time to go of course, but it’s always beneficial to get new players in early – so they can have a full pre-season.

That helps them to settle in quickly on Tyneside, so here’s hoping that still happens.

And from all accounts Newcastle will spend (big?) money summer.

Certainly there’s money readily available with £35M in the bank in January, and since then Newcastle have received £78M from the Premier League in May.

Now all we have to do is spend some of that money wisely this summer to strengthen the squad and bring in up to six new players.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Interview · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Steve Harper · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Ashley Out !

  • 2 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    does any1 know if our preseason matches will be on tv

  • 3 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Cabaye……Remy………Ba. Mouthwatering !!

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    It’s not really a surprise though, is it Ed? We are always behind the rest, and there is always some excuse as to why. Lame excuses. This season is no different.

  • 5 cyprus // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    sorry for nor replying, was away and will go again after this post.
    Why do you say that we clearly have no ambitions?

    That mysterious MA character has declared ambition of the highest order. If this was said by you or me, it could easily be dsmissed. But, this guy, like him or not, is in the top 2 or 3 hundered wealthiest in the world. If he isn’t secretly plotting for the destruction of the Geordie nation, he may get what he wants.

    ‘May’ because in football there are no certainties. You may invest and still fail, so you need to keep trying, and getting up again. But then again, there IS a certainty: success must be bought. At a high price.

    On this:
    Jan is a good player but I’m not sure when exactly he showed leadership qualities. We want someone who leads by example, yes, but we also need someone who will encourage and rally the troops, and show everyone that he (thus we) will not give up, till we win. Someone who will make everyone feel important, able and successful.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Well they’ve been saying there’s going to be investment this summer, there’s a few of them actually on record telling of big players coming in, so they have the next two months to deliver.

  • 7 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    bacon and sausage sarni is mouth watering

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM


    Stop boring “everyone”. Who is this “everyone” anyway? I have never seen them post.

  • 9 SuperShearer // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Every manager in the world has to be allowed to spend money on the playing staff if you want to see an improvement. This is what MA has to realise, you can’t tread water in this league because no one else is. Even Villa who are up for sale have made signings. Our current squad is already weaker than last year and yet still we piddle about making no headway in the market. I’m choosing to see what happens but if MA doesn’t put his money where his mouth is then St. James’ should remain empty next season.

  • 10 cyprus // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Actually on this this:

    Agreed with all he says except, top 10 isn’t where we belong, not exactly. We belong in the top 6, with mans, chel, Arse, Liver, tight there somewhere.

  • 11 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Only if it has brown sauce on it !!

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Brown sauce is the way to go.

    Bacon, egg, mushroom and tomatoes with a good splat of Chop broon sauce.

  • 13 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM


    you could not be more wrong brown sauce is the work of the devil
    maybe on the odd occasion tom sauce but there best Onatural

    I see on the tv purple sauce wtf is that it must be witchcraft

  • 14 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    which premier league team once played with 11 local players? and guess who the manager was??

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I have to assume you understand ‘bolting a horse to a cart’ to mean ambition of the highest order. In fact if you enter the phrase into a search engine it will bring up caring manuals and horse and cart disasters, there appears to be no use of the phrase at all. I think what he meant to say in his not so well rehearsed interview was, putting the horse before the cart, which means ‘Reverse the accepted or logical order of things’ which is what we seem to have been doing for the last eight years.

  • 16 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    What have I started haha… there that little to talk about on Nufc we reverting to food.

    By the way Marccacus I hope them Mushrooms are Magic

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:52 AM


    Get thee behind me Santa!
    Brown sauce will save your corrupted soul!

  • 18 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    yes they have all been beating the drum of signings carver said he had seen the list and was excited

    surly if these players were well known and that good mcaren would just say yes yes yes, they been saying all this on and off since the end of jan and here we are looks like the players will be back before we buy

    I don’t think we will see any1 till we return from the states so McLaren can look at the squad and see what he can do with it
    I also think there trying to offload before we buy

  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    Mushrooms are always magic, especially those big portabella ones.

  • 20 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    correction 10 of the 11 were local but all the subs were local.

  • 21 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    On Cabella apparently wanting to leave according to La Provence, i find this hard to believe.

    Especially if it supposed to be on loan as reported & that it is the opposite from what the player himself has come out & said.

  • 22 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Remy Cabella has asked his agent to find him a new club, according to reports in France today. La Provence claim that Reny Cabella has asked his people to find him a way out of Newcastle with Spain being his first choice. Sevilla are said to be one of the clubs the player has his eye on, presumably with the lure of Champions League football thanks to their Europa League success last month. The French newspaper say that a loan deal would be the most likely, with Marseille the first French club to express an interest in taking Remy Cabella back to France. Marseille were interested in buying the winger before Newcastle agreed a deal and they need a credible signing to appease the fans, as Dimitri Payet is expected to leave . if Remy Cabella struggled to adapt to the Premier League in his first season, in and out of the team he made 21 Premier League starts and produced only one goal and two assists. Having just broken into the France squad and being part of the squad in Brazil, Cabella has been cast to one side by Didier Deschamps as he has struggled on Tyneside.

  • 23 sweendog // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Jabe, can’t think of anyone, guess would be Man U, Alex ferguson?

  • 24 sweendog // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Jane, not “Jabe”

  • 25 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    brown sauce = Satan’s love juice
    its disgusting I hate the stuff

  • 26 cyprus // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    More I was looking at the spirit of the interview; the part about winning something; mentioning CL; making our own luck from now on; he seemed decisive and determined.

    Of course, actions speak louder than words. He started well by getting rid of all the main coaches. Next step is for this HC to assess what we have and then buy people who can actually take us to the next level.

    If he was b essing, we’ll soon know.

  • 27 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Da da da another one bite the dust. Thauvin will fair no better in this league. Benny…..Cabella….Thauvin all the same mould.
    One game they will world beater’s the next Sh@t

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM


    Red sauce = beelzibubs anal seepage.
    The destroyer of perfectly good butties! 😀

  • 29 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    not Man U sweendog good try

  • 30 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM


    If brown sauce is the devil’s juice, I betcha Ashley drink’s it by the bucket load

  • 31 Jib // Jun 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    The game scheduler site only operates 12 days ahead
    We don’t play Gateshead until Friday 10th July
    Ask again on Monday Tuesday
    Also the USA tv won’t look at scheduling tour friendlies until the MLS finishes the weekend after next.

  • 32 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    cabella wont be going anywhere and if we send him out onloan and then flog him cheap like we did mbiwa and santon I will be miffed

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    After eight years maybe I’m to cynical, the CL reference was a buzz word to get everyone talking about it, it was a clever piece of PR which obviously worked on anyone in two minds whether to stay on protest after the game

  • 34 sweendog // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    thought about Beckham, Scholes, Nevilles etc etc ..
    Next guess is Liverpool, Houllier and the spice boys.

  • 35 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:01 AM


    Was it west ham under Pardew?

  • 36 beermonkey // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM


    thanks for that I was curious

  • 37 Jib // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM


  • 38 jazzyp // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM


    We could go one better and let him go on a freebie like we did the mercurial benny

  • 39 sweendog // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Jane, it is Premier league teams and not Division 1?

  • 40 cyprus // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    your long campaign, which gained momentum last year, had excellent results, as proved by developments and the fact he’s been shaken.

    Now we need to be patient and give them a chance to execute. If we lose the first two games and we play crap, we can resume service 🙂

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Cyprus…thanks for replying mate 🙂

    …we’ll talk later!

    Anything new happened since this morning?

  • 42 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    not West Ham or Liverpool but Jib is half right. they were premier league at the time but not now.

  • 43 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    sorry Jib is completely correct

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    So boro under brian robson?

  • 45 Jib // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Tony watsisface
    but it was supermacs academy work made it possible

  • 46 Mr Magpie // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    What about Jan Kirchhoff as a new cb, he can also play dm is only 24 & is 6ft 5 just going into the last year of his Bayern Munich contract.

    He used to play for Mainz & was brought through by Thomas Tuchel. He was on loan at Schalke last season & looked pretty decent in the games i saw on tv.

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Oh right

    Something tings a bell about that, now that you mention it. Who was the one non-local? Arca?

  • 48 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Middlesbrough v Fulham in the last match of the 2005/06 season.
    Steve McClaren was manager.

  • 49 Jib // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Jane I had to be correct
    We are the same person
    Ha ha ha

  • 50 jane // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    so you cheated

  • 51 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Hmm. Malcom christie. I vaguely remember him.

  • 52 Slank // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    jazzyp @ 27

    Well what a surprise, if true, that Cabella wants out.

    Is this a French thing or is it just French players at Newcastle ?

    Just hope the Dutch have more backbone.

  • 53 will die for the toon army // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    From English to French to Dutch.
    The English won Promotion
    The French took us to 5th spot but also fought two relegations.
    The Dutch will ………….. we wait.

  • 54 sweendog // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Boro, thought they’d mendietta and jouninho etc.. interesting.

  • 55 will die for the toon army // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    French players are neither loyal nor patient.

  • 56 Jib // Jun 25, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    It is French paper talk
    The press thrive on gullible people who treat every story as gospel
    Cabella cried when he got his transfer to us
    Do not be so quick to judge and condemn especially on a press report
    Fer crying out loud Supermac doesn’t get toassess him until next week.
    I’d love to sell a car to some of you young ‘uns you have no patience or any comprehension of haggling
    QPR want £15 million for Charlie Austin
    “Ahh just give them it ”
    In flipping credible

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