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These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season

9:32 pm, Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

We couldn’t quite believe just how poorly the team played in the second half of last season under John Carver, and as well as having injuries, we also picked up some stupid suspensions – such as Papiss Cisse getting banned for a massive seven games for spitting – and that didn’t help at all.

As well as injuries and suspensions, the team played very poorly and the players played nowhere near their best – and nowhere near how they played earlier in the season.

We had a six game winnings streak and then a few games later we beat Chelsea 2-1 at home – the third time running we had won that fixture in the league.

steve mcclaren nufc 5

Steve McClaren – new head coach at Newcastle

That was Chelsea’s first defeat in the Premier League last season and also their first defeat since the previous April, when they were beaten 3-1 by Atletico Madrid in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League.

So the players were pummeled in the press – especially in the Chronicle – but a coach’s job is also to get the very best out of the players he has available – and nobody can accuse John Carver of being successful in doing that.

We don’t want to put the responsibility too much at John’s door,  and the players have to take responsibility for their terrible form and even their attitude was poor, as some of them seemed like they couldn’t care less at times.

That’s simply unacceptable at a club like Newcastle – and if they don’t want to give 100% for Newcastle – they should leave or be sold this summer.

John Carver and Steve Stone paid for that terrible run of 13 points from 19 league games, and they were both fired earlier this month.

ian cathro

Ian Cathro – Newcastle assistant manager

That leave a clean slate for Steve McClaren and it was a bit of a coup that we have signed 28 year-old Scot Ian Cathro as the assistant manager – and he is highly respected in coaching circles for one who is not yet 30.

Steve is also likely to have a (very) strong coaching squad, so they should be able to get the best out of the players we already have., never mind the new players we will be bringing in this summer.

We have to remember that in the first 19 games last season we still had 26 points after a very poor start, so if we had kept that up and got 52 points for the season, Newcastle would have been in 10th place and made the target of a top 10 finish – but Alan Pardew had had enough and left quickly at the end of last year.

So the players we have cannot be that bad,  and we think Steve McClaren and Ian Cathro and the other coaches can get the best out of those players, and can get the lads much better organized than they were this year under John Carver.

That’s one reason we are fairly confident about next season.

Last season was one of the worst seasons ever for injuries,  and we were again easily at the head of the injury league, where a club gets one point for every game a player misses.

injury league

Steve McClaren is bringing in Alessandro Schoenmaker as head of Sports Science (or whatever his title will be)  and he’s been with McClaren at the other clubs he’s managed.

Schoenmaker’s top job will be to reduce the large number of injuries Newcastle always pick up in a season.

Most of the injuries tend to be hamstring problems, and it’s been a bane at Newcastle for at least 10 years.

We remember Graeme Souness thought it was the training pitches that produced all the hamstring problems, and he had the lads train on the Academy pitches – but we still picked up injuries.

That’s an area and problem that just has to be solved – and just imagine if we had few injuries such as Chelsea had last season, we could have fielded a much stronger team and picked up more points.

So that’s the second reason we have confidence about next season.

And the lads seemed to be short of confidence and inspiration when playing under John Carve, and the good news is that Steve Black is coming back into the club as part of McClaren’s coaching staff.

Steve is also among other things a motivational speaker,  so hopefully he can persuade the lads they are the best players  in the league at their positions – before the games and during the week.

That should get improved performances from them.


But the main two reasons that should make a big difference next season are much better coaching and organization,  and hopefully a huge decrease in the number of injuries we pick up.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tactics · Training Ground · Transfer News and Rumours

81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Has Cathro been confirmed yet?

  • 2 jazzyp // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM


    I think he will have his work cut out trying to get anything out of the likes of Willo……Gouffy and the usual suspects.

  • 3 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Well, this “new era” of Newcastle is looking remarkably similar to the old one.

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    When we had that successful run before Cabaye was leaving our midfield 3 of Tiote , Anita and Cabaye were immense and on the wings were Sissoko and Gouffran who were also quality

    We need to get back to that formation but with a better left winger than Gouffran and also a fit De Jong to replace Cabaye

  • 5 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Everything is complete shite until it isn’t

  • 6 SUTTY1978 // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Looking forward to the first corner of the new era, bet it either doesn’t get past the first man or its flipped up to Willo at the back stick

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Jun 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Reasons to be cheerful, 1,2…..

  • 8 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Its still shite, until it isn’t, it still is…

  • 9 toon22 // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    I could beleve that in 100 years time some toon team somewhere will still be hitting it long to the back post for Willo long after he died.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I would like to ser this “new coaching staff” before I believe it!

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:18 PM


  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    good goal from the French lass

  • 13 lochinvar // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season
    9:32 pm, Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison ·

    If signing UHU and Bostik from Spartak Moscow makes us stronger why not.
    We need to stick together with McLaren and the team next season.

  • 14 AndyMac // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    “These Two Things Will Make Newcastle Stronger Next Season”

    A lack of Pardwho and Pinocchio ! Thankfully now out of sight

  • 15 lochinvar // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    And maybe Greggs could subsidise Sakos wages then he would be “Greggs Bakary”

    (Sorry folks , it’s been a long day and sometimes my mind wanders )

  • 16 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Ian cathro. Is he confirmed? Or are we all jumping the gun?

  • 17 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    The fact we are starting pre season without Carver or Pardew is probably the best news I have heard in years !!

    Its funny I read an article about when Rio Ave totally shafted us in a friendly and Pardew was clueless and it was Cathro who set the master plan up to totally exploit us !!

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    NUFC v West Ham yeah ok

  • 19 Belfast // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Has Blackley been banned? very quiet today after people where mentioning a ban.

    You there blackleg? 😉

  • 20 Belfast // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I have a hunch this centre back is being touted around to everyone.

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Belfast said same thing earlier and was told to shhhh lol

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Jun 26, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    For God’s sake don’t tempt fate.

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Would love to see his email correspondence with ed lol

  • 24 Mister Tuff // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Belfast – I would imagine a very short and to the point communication, possibly :-
    “How Blockhead ya banned now p*** o**”.

  • 25 Keith in France // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    A pal of mine on the Sky Sports team is saying there is a problem on the deal with Cathro signing – that’s why nothing has come from NUFC .

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Just sign someone, anyone.


  • 27 Keith in France // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    A pal of mine on the Sky Sports team is saying there is a problem re the deal for Cathro due to terms etc that’s why nothing has come out of NUFC.

  • 28 Average_Contents // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Slightly premature here ed. A picture with the caption “Newcastle assistant manager”?

    Any official confirmation. Nope. Be good if he were to come in, IF being the operative word. Jumping the gun much.


    Something to do with SD vouchers I’ve heard 😉

    Wouldn’t it just be fandabbydozzy if one of the brightest coaches in Britain who is currently unattached to another club and would improve us tenfold, declined our offer of employment (if there ever was one in the first place) because of a few quid and the bean counters deemed it too expensive.

    Can’t see the wood for the trees and penny pinching of the highest order.

    Bunch of clowns.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Keith – no great surprise -Penfold will be repeating his stunts and trying to get people to sign for peanuts.
    I would imagine -eventually – they will back track and Wally will get his team.
    Cannot believe no backroom staff – with everybody returning on Wednesday – they have to rectify this on Monday or Tuesday.

  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Ze Germans lucky again

  • 31 Average_Contents // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Obviously with Penfold so busy deciding where he wants to relax on holiday and which teabags to take, shteve unable to assess the current squad because he’s not met them (pretty clear what we’ve needed for fcuking ages so I can’t see how that’s a factor tbh) poor graham with delayed ferry departures and moncur unable to find his way out of the toilet, is it any wonder we’ve signed no fcuker. Not really.

    The’re far too busy to be appointing No2’s and players who’d improve an already threadbare squad. Yes sir. Far too busy.

  • 32 investinyouthtoon // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    WTF does Penfold do to earn his keep. Getting Cathro in would be quite a coup considering, so why doesn’t Penfold stop haggling over a few pennies here and there and give Cathro a contract to sign ASAP.

    It really wouldn’t surprise me with this club’s hierarchy at the moment if this was still going on until August, and then Cathro and several of our alleged targets end up elsewhere, and all because of being a tight arsed cheap skate run club.

    Anyway rant over for the day/ evening

  • 33 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Cathro hasn’t even been confirmed yet..

  • 34 Keith in France // Jun 27, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Despite what the Chronicle and other media are saying it is by no means a done deal with Cathro and other back room staff – it’s all a question of contract terms according to my pall at Sky Sports – that.’s why no announcements have been made despite S Mc saying he wanted his team in place last week! Also Charlie Austin deal is dead in the water – apparently there has never been an approach .
    My pall is a junior member of the sky team but he is reporting what he has heard.

  • 35 N1CK06 // Jun 27, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    No doubt the lack of action on Newcastle’s part is frustrating, but what really gets my blood boiling is reading Ed’s articles where he continues to believe some kind of fairytale is awaiting with no evidence to back it up.

    The two reasons he gives that WILL make Newcastle stronger are the appointment of Cathro and Schoenmaker which hasn’t even been confirmed. Just like every single player we’ve been linked with this window. Even IF we get these two new additions, it’s not going to make much difference when we don’t have any new players.

    Stop believing the hype FFS.. It’s exactly what Ashley wants fans to do, and that’s exactly what is going to send the team down.

    We just need to be patient and wait and see what happens over the next 2 months.. If then we see some great signings and start with some great results, then be as merry as you like. But until then there is nothing but hope.

  • 36 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 27, 2015 at 2:27 AM

    Last 2 weeks McLaren has said he wants his, backroom staff in place. Another week has passed and nothing is moving. McLaren should just Shudup perhaps.

    Or he only now understands how charnley and Ashley works??

  • 37 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 27, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    @35 of now, with the current squad, we are nailed on for relegation.

  • 38 Blofal // Jun 27, 2015 at 3:15 AM

    At this stage it looks like we are going to be starting pre-season with a new manager, only half the coaching staff in place, a severely depleted squad and no new signings.

    Lee Charnley really knows how to get the fans off side doesn’t he?

  • 39 willowdalerez // Jun 27, 2015 at 3:59 AM

    Pre-season training starts Wednesday and McClaren hasn’t got his staff together let alone a new player signed!

    Ashley talked about hitching a cart to a horse but it appears the plan is to start by pushing the cart down a hill and then hitch the horse on halfway down… anybody think that may not be the best way to go about it?

    Honestly I don’t know what to think… yesterday Cathro had agreed in principle with only the final details to be sorted and even that hasn’t been firmed up let alone a new player.

    McClaren’s going to have his hands full but he keeps on optimistic as ever so it remains wait and see as the papers and bookies flog rumour after rumour like mirage sightings on a hot day in the Sahara…

    I’m sick of idle speculation. I want announcements, I want excitement, I want a buzz on this blog and about the new season and Ashley has 6 weeks to do it… 3 extra if you count window time after the season starts but he can’t possibly wait that long here’s a look at available season ticket seats off the official website… a sea of green ;-(

  • 40 John Tudor // Jun 27, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    take another two weeks off lads till i sort sumit out or just play amongst yerselves have a game of world cup the french lads play shooty down the best

  • 41 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    If you look above it hardly sets the world on fire.
    Journalists must be tearing their hair out.

    I think Sky have it right , over 90% of contracts expire 30th June , expect it to go crackers from July1st onwards.

  • 42 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Have we actually already brought in 2 new players?

    Considering Darlow and Lascelles were immediately loaned back to Forest for last season, can they be categorised as new players now?

  • 43 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    The 2 lads have been on our books since they signed the loan backs don’t effect the situation they cannot be classed as new signings.
    I was also going to make some remark about them yet to meet their teammates but there were strong rumours they joined the lads in Abu Dhabi for the winter break , alledgedly that was why Stuart Pearce was unhappy and dropped them for a while.

  • 44 Chris // Jun 27, 2015 at 6:54 AM


    yes, and the problem with that sea of green is that most of it represents money that was expected to be sitting in the club’s bank account but isn’t there yet.

    When MA was initially deciding on the size of the summer transfer kitty I expect he would have been taking into account the cash flow forecasts for the summer months. The problem is that they would have been based on the assumption of a fairly normal level of season ticket sales – of course that hasn’t been achieved, and it will have resulted in a significant cash shortfall. I just hope it doesn’t mean that the transfer kitty will be trimmed accordingly.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Oh great, the 19th richest club in the world have to wait till the sales start to pick up a load of freebies, other club will have structured their wage set up to accomodate the extra TV money, there will be a queue for these freebies.

  • 46 stan anderson // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    has the penny dropped as S/Ts sales are’nt looking good are they.
    Ashley OOT

  • 47 SUTTY1978 // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Don’t know why anyone is excited about cathro, I mean the lad got turned down for the job at Scottish championship Rangers a couple of weeks ago, he’s hardly the most “in demand” inspiring coach out there is he? I’m hopeful he will be better than the woeful Carver & Stone but at the same time doubtful he & McLaren will have us playing like Barca before the season kicks off….

  • 48 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:06 AM


    Fair enough. Just a thought. I still think that we have a fairly decent squad that a competent coach like McLaren can improve.

    If you look at last season, we were up in the top 10 despite the playing style, awful start and inept coaching when Carver took over. Lack of discipline and confidence allied to a major injury list was bound to impact. Having to play Alnwick for those 7 games really affected us. Losing goalscorers and creative players like De Jong and Cisse for long periods was obviously going to effect our already threadbare squad.

  • 49 sparky55 // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    no way the fat fcuker is waiting for season ticket money to come in to pay for new players / coaches etc…he and the club are awash with money…it’s all down to the rather pathetic negotiating skills of charmless who is without doubt a rank amateur.

    Every deal has to be a good deal in Ashleys eyes before it can be done…he wants pound for pound value even if every other person in football would consider it a good signing…because it’s not just down to money…it’s down to the contribution they would have made to the overall picture. The machine won’t work unless all the component parts are there. Some parts are absolutely essential and some parts peripheral…IMO Cathro is an essential…he’s the oil and he’s such an important component you just pay what he wants because he’ll also help attract good players and he’ll make every existing player realise this is a new dawn from the perspective of the quality of coaching at newcastle and that players have an opportunity to improve rather than go backwards which every single player has done under carver and Pardew.

    This shouldn’t be a negotiation…in fact he should be able to walk into room and they just shake hands and say it’s a pleasure to have you on-board rather than him walk out and think “what a bunch of tight tw@ts…they just don’t get it do they?”

    Rank amateurs the lot of them

  • 50 will die for the toon army // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Silence is how NUFC operates we should jst get used to that. But they r doing their work.

    I think nothing is going to happen until McLaren sees the players in pre-season. Have u guys forgotten McLaren is also on the board so his decisions are nt jst for a Head Coach. He will need to look at his tools first.
    I will visit till September.

  • 51 firebug666 // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    I don’t expect this to be any different to any of the other transfer window. The press had had us linked with over 70 players now in an attempt to sell more papers.

    Charnley will be sitting wringing his hand and wondering how he is going to tell Ashley that Bendy Wendy has dropped this months jar of coffee and he needs to buy a new one.

    McClaren has gone quiet after reading the small print in his contract and realises he no longer owns his own soul.

    Carr has been dispatched to scout out some new locations for Ashley to open up some more Sports Defect shops.

    Moncur was last seen wandering around Newcastle trying to get directions back to the old folks home.

    Ahh the blissful summer transfer window, No change expected till deadline day when we will nearly sign someone.

  • 52 Slank // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Jib @ 41

    That list from Sky is pretty underwhelming.

    It looks like lots of speculation around all the clubs but the reality is, with the odd exception, very few players have been bought.

  • 53 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    One player that hassnt been mentioned much this pre season is Lacasette. Last I heard, he was a cert for Liverpool

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    I think Lacazette’s valuation have gone up this season exponentially that’s why he’s not the news attraction this time around!

  • 55 LGFUAD21 // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Will die…

    Well said.

    Mcclaren is a proper coach so he’s going to want to assess the players before buying willy nilly.

    There could well be some players he can get performances out of.

    On sako it could be a good deal.

    A big problem of ours is that we don’t get men forward and we always play to one goal threat. Sako lacks the skill of other wingers but he gets into the box and would appear to suit a 433. I think we should be looking at wingers that play as forwards.

    Also of note, Mcclaren loves his diagonal balls and that is something cabella is capable of but we never saw it.

    If you go back and watch his time at Montpellier it’s almost as if cabella tries too much here. If he scaled back his game he’d be twice as effective.

    I know there was that thing about him not wanting to come in December because he didn’t want to be “Ben arfa’s replacement” maybe he is overcompensating

  • 56 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:40 AM


    But arent Lyon strapped for cash?

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Expat…then they’ll probably just offload some other player and hold out for the big money for Lacazette 😉

  • 58 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    To be honest, a quality centre back and a 20 goal a season goalscorer should be our priorities.

    We have a fair amount if creativity in the side in Aarons Dejong Cabella and Sissoko at present and when coached properly by McLaren, just watch the improvement.

    Hell, I could even see Obertan coming into the same form as last year prior to his injury.

  • 59 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:47 AM


    I suppose it depends on who comes in for him and how much they are willing to pay. I am pretty sure it wont be us.

  • 60 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    I see Manu Riviere is in the Sunlan Echo making positive noises , good to see he’s not hiding.Seen enough of him to think there may be potential there.Same with Saylor , making very positive noises , hopefully Supermac will help him calm down and think a bit more about the game.
    The French press is full of Cabella going on a seasons loan to Marseilles to replace Payet who signed for West Ham with Thauvin coming in the other direction to us, seems like a clever and thoughtful solution to both clubs needs.

  • 61 Slank // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    LGFUAD21 @ 55

    ‘Mcclaren is a proper coach so he’s going to want to assess the players before buying willy nilly…’

    Not Willy Nilly, he’s hopeless.

  • 62 mickalfas // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Can I just say that I hope our board/transfer negotiators have a great stress free weekend and that they recharge their batteries
    I mean after sorting out all of those contracts for the incoming players/coaches this week ,they surely deserve a break !!

  • 63 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Just to cheer myself up I looked at this
    Of course there are a couple of Toon players in it.

  • 64 leonado_keng // Jun 27, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Who trust Mike will spend money for team ? I think it may be impossible to do after finished until now we will not see some chances to get new signing deal at all if he lies many fan club refer to last interview. How will we protest ? I think he doesn’t care fan clubs which will even disappear becauae he will get new huge benefit from TV, it can compensate fan club against him absolutely

  • 65 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Well said

  • 66 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Anyone else think Leonado-Keng and Jail for Ashley are the same person ?

  • 67 mickalfas // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:07 AM


  • 68 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    I liked Willy Nilly’s cover of “You were always on my mind”

  • 69 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:09 AM


    Considering Cabellas father came out and said he was staying at Newcastle 2 days ago, I would imagine the french press are just as good at speculation as the english press.

  • 70 Tsunki // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    So no Biffy Cathro yet? All this stuff is just talk isn’t it? Best value pound for pound again mike? Great. Nufc is going to (that kid starting the new school term in his older brothers hand me down uniform again

  • 71 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:13 AM


    Lay off JFA mate. It is so unnecessary.

  • 72 expatmag // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:17 AM


    It is still early days but on the coaching side, I would imagine McLaren would have a few strong words to say if these so called negotiations arent finalised pretty damn soon.

    On the playing side, I would expect movement both in and out in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

  • 73 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    We need extra players, not to just swap them for a player we already have.

    Cathro seems like a shot worth taking. McClaren will have had all this fanfare at his other clubs. How did his last four appointments go…?

    I am interested in seeing what changes he can make to the playing style, but that is about it.

    Ashley out.

  • 74 mickalfas // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    It would make sense to have the coaching staff in before preseason starts in what 4 days
    It can only happen here

  • 75 will die for the toon army // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    It looks like the deals are in place but we are awaiting access from McLaren so I give it 2 to 3weeks tops. We will get our signings.

    We lack creativity. We never have plan B wen we lost De Jong Cabella Aarons Obertan we jst fell flat. So more creative players and a CB and Stricker me. I will b good.

  • 76 will die for the toon army // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    I think e coaching team is in place. We knew abt McLaren long before it was officially announced so I think that is done and dusted. We await announcement on monday or next week.

  • 77 Lindisfarne // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Do they do International Citizen Arrest Warrants?!!

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Expat…I am not counting on it to be us either 😉

  • 79 mickalfas // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    I have a strong feeling that the club will be making an announcement around the 4th of July ,at the very latest the morning of the 6th,I don’t know why
    Could it be the fans forum on the 6th?
    Bad atmosphere averted !
    Well done Bishop

  • 80 Jib // Jun 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    I expect Supermac to sign both these players from Go Ahead Eagles who have just been relegated from the Eredivisie in Holland.
    Glynor Plet and Wesley Verhoek
    They are both 6 foot plus forwards not top notch players but the type of loyal uncomplaining workhorses every club needs.
    McClaren has bought them both before and they have done a job for him.They could be paid for out of the tea money tin.

  • 81 mactoon // Jun 27, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    The two things which will make us stronger next season are Ashley releasing funds for new players and Charnley actually meeting clubs valuations and spending the transfer funds. I have no faith in either

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