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McClaren’s Staff Taking Shape – Announcement Expected

7:21 pm, Sunday, June 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 147 Comments

There’s news on the Derby County web-site that Paul Simpson – Steve McClaren’s assistant manager at Derby County – will leave the club on July 1st and that prompts the question whether he will be joining Steve McClaren at Newcastle – and it certainly looks like it.

When Ian Cathro was rumored to be coming in as assistant manager, we wondered if that would be the case or whether Ian would come in as the first team coach – and that may be what happens.

Paul Simpson looks likely to be the assistant manager.

paul simpson and steve mccalren derby

Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren at Derby County

This is the Derby County statement about Paul Simpson.

Derby County wishes to this evening announce that Paul Simpson will depart from the club’s employment from 1st July 2015.

Simpson took up the position of First Team Coach in September 2013 following the arrival of Steve McClaren.

President & Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “Paul Simpson leaves Derby County with our thanks for his contribution to the club, both as a player and also on the coaching staff.

“We wish Paul every success for the future in his coaching career.”

As previously stated, announcements relating to new coaching staff appointments will be made in due course.

Now that it’s been made official the path is now clear for Steve McClaren to finally announce his coaching staff.

Maybe we will hear about that tomorrow – since the players report back to training on Wednesday

Here’s the article we wrote a couple of days ago about what the new coaching staff could be – and this is what we guessed at that time:

Steve McClaren – head coach

Paul Simpson – assistant manager

Ian Cathro – first team coach

Eric Steele – goalkeeping coach

Steve Black – fitness coach

Alessandro Schoenmaker – head of sports science

That would be an excellent coaching staff and one of the unknowns is whether Andy Woodman will stay on as the goalkeeping coach or whether Eric Steele will come in.

We think Eric will be the new goalkeeping coach at Newcastle.

It would be great if Newcastle can announce the new coaching team tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

Note: Congratulations to the England woman’s side on reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup – it could be an England – USA final.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

147 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 JamesToon // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Cathro will be assistant and Simpson will be coach I reckon

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Just needs to be sorted now. It hslas gone on wayyy too long

  • 4 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    sounds a great team !

    just a shame we dont have the quality players they need to show how good there coaching skills are ^^

  • 5 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I want to see that in print on the club website. Along with a couple of pre season signings.

  • 6 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    So maybe this was the hold up then waiting until Derby released him from his contract so we didn’t have to pay compensation ?

  • 7 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    @5 tsunki


  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    agree with 5 & 7

    well said

  • 9 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    @6 lpc

    do you need a cuddle buddy ?
    seems like you need a bit of attention !

  • 10 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Well maybe the club is actually going to yank a coaching coup out of it’s nether parts after all. Still even if it’s true I don’t regret giving them stick for dragging their heels. They deserve all the criticism they get. They made us this way.

  • 11 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Croftus please don’t man. Not worth it.

  • 12 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    @12 tsunki

    aye fair enough

  • 13 microbar // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    nice staff but with the lack of any signings as the old saying says. You cannot polish a turd.

  • 14 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Any possibility this coaching staff will not just be concerned with first team affairs? It would be good to think there was an agenda to get your grips with the academy and make sense of the development sides. Up to now the whole academy, u-21, reserves etc setup for me has been a joke. Sorry I know but there it is I said it. I never could see the point in a reserve league that produced s*d all.

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Wow a lazy no news Sunday and suddenly all the loonies turn up.
    A scumbag will always be a scumbag.
    A tool will always be a tool.
    A thicko will always be a thicko.
    A mug will always be a mug.
    A knacker will always be a knacker.

    Their personalities are not variable dependent upon who they are a speaking to – althought mugs might want to believe that.

    A knacker will always be a knacker.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Isn’t it weird how this poster who ever he is must read the blog a lot so therefore must enjoy reading it as he doesn’t have to do it against his will, yet he seems intent on ruining it.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    @15 tsunki

    i dont think we have been too bad tbh ! compared to some we have been dire i agree but we have produced tavernier who would imo be an avg player in the prem if we had of kept him.

    rolando will imo be a top player.

    vukic an avg prem player.

    arma …who knows too early to tell but the promise is good so far.

    abied i dont know if you’d class him as ours but he’s avg prem imo.

    dummet again avg prem player.

    def not the best and far from it i agree but for a mid table prem team that we have been it aint that bad imo.

  • 18 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    so reports suggest we will find out if austin is coming in 2 weeks time ! but late that for a backup plan isnt it if we need a quality player ?

  • 19 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Maybe it’s raining in Benidorm or his bingo dabber has dried up, either way he’s a sad little man.

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Croftus Austin is on his honeymoon he got married yesterday

  • 21 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:55 PM


    aye so i read buddy just hope they have things lined up for a fast deal if it falls through.

    we dont want another we tried and by the time ….we missed out on ….blablabla

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    We will be up shit creek if he says no so I know what you mean

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    back on topic -if Wally gets that team in place – it looks very respectable indeed. No more questioning poor training/tactics.
    If they are as progressive as some think – blame will down to the players.

  • 24 dexter53 // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    This blog has degenerated from a NUFC discussion forum to a troll infested cess pit. People banned then returning under new names to carry on where they left off. Ive had enough. Bye bye to the real fans. Grow up to the rest. Over and out.

  • 25 why oh why // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Now the coaches are in place or soon will
    I expect us to start buying

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    As much as we all want to see the local lads and youth team make it here you can’t just declare that Tavernier would be an average PL player, if he was WBrom, Stoke etc would have taken a chance on him, as it happens only a poor championship club took that chance.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Coaches, you’d fit all our summer signings in a formula 1 car.

  • 28 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Lol, Blackley making a return it seems! Maybe he was the troll all along?!!

    Anyway, these coaches better get announced soon man. Sick of waiting for something to happen.

  • 29 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    @31 jfa

    i didnt declare it buddy i said imo if he had stayed.

    i based it on simpson who was first choice at the time and how tav performed at the time in not looking out of place when played.

    and williamson is a prem player 😉 so is obertan 😉 ….i think we should give the ball boy a run in the first team on the basis that those 2 are prem players lol

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    There is a difference between comparing him to some of the dross we have still on contract, Willo and Obertan will not find PL clubs either, hence us being stuck with them.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Are you blackley and all the other fcukin trolls

  • 32 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Jail. No. No. 🙂

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I’ve been wi fi less all day, can you give me a brief history of what’s been happening.

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    OK it appears Blackley may have got himself banned, don’t know. But the prime wum seems to indeed be jeff, ask belfast but twice he shot himself in the ass with double posts. He keeps creating new accounts and is feeding off the retorts to the bike comments he makes. I think we’ve all agreed to starve him of air, blow the sucker out the airlock if you like.

  • 35 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    As for Blackley he might just be taking a night off, but I think it’s pretty certain this character is not him.

  • 36 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM


    Basically the’re all twats. Yep, I think that covers it.

  • 37 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    It’s a bit of a head duck if you ask me.

    So Penfold is Jeff pretending to be Blackley but he’s also Jib Catchys pet lip and Rivierre?

    So who’s spellcheck?

    There’s a movie in there somewhere

  • 38 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Oh yes I forgot, the other day when this idiot temporarily forgot which welshgeordie or job he was he posted the same thing twice and tried covering it up by doing that all night, but other posters spotted a “Pokat” post which quickly got taken down. Firing chaff, but not very well.

  • 39 sparky55 // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Ed…you can write a very simple script in your sign up that checks IP address’ and you can limit one registered blogger per IP address’ to stop these unwashed pubescent numpties from hacking into the blog.

    You can actually get a free patch for this on any open source blogs so half an hour invested now will save all this sh!te we’re having put up with.

  • 40 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    I tell you it’s like that film ‘Identity’ with John Cusack.

  • 41 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Sparky there’s an IP login Plugin on the WP administration tools site. I said this the other day.

  • 42 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    @36 jfa


    unfortunatly we always end up hanging on to the rot i’d rater just release them and tell them they are welcome to stay and see out there contract but no squad number ! i’m pretty sure some of the kids could perform better than some of the formetioned pro’s we have.

  • 43 Mr Magpie // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Wow!! I’ve been away for a few days, come back & this blog has gone a bit mad.

    Good that the coaches appear to now be sorted, think Simpson will be first team coach & Cathro assistant.

    Now for the new signings to join & we are starting to resemble a top football club again!

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Sparky, Tsunki,
    What happens if you’re walking from pub to pub using each places wifi, will your phone or tablet be able to be blocked.

  • 45 Big Archie // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:54 PM


    So basically thats the entire Derby County backroom staff.

    That’s Derby County, who, let’s not forget, stormed their way through to Christmas, and then threw it all away, not even making the play-offs?

    Tell me again – Why is this such a great backroom staff to have at Newcastle? A team that worked its way to the Middle of the table at Christmas then petered out, only just avoiding relegation due to fitness, discipline and coaching issues?

    Not so sure that I’m convinced.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    In an ideal world we would take the hit to see a better team and performance but despite the latest PR we know that’s not priority.

  • 47 sparky55 // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:56 PM


    well he’s not fcuking listening then is he!


  • 48 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Jail, it’s the ip address you use to register, should be linked to your account. The IP you would show when you sign up will be either your home router, work router, your phone isp gateway. Once done it doesn’t matter where you log in after that. But you’d have to be pretty determined to go around the lands wifi hotspots creating aliases.

    There’s also the possibility of using the unique MAC address of the device you sign up from. Tablet, phone, laptop, each network adapter has a unique ‘serial number’

    There’s also the need to have a different email address for each account.

  • 49 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:01 PM


    So basically this wum/troll is a very sad barsteward?

  • 50 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Big Archie. There were mitigating factors apparently. Squad hit by injuries, possibly not enough funding for that squad to survive the blow. If Ashley – yes I know IF – is preparing to fund a better squad than derby could, it might not be such a bad coaching setup. We’ll just have to wait it out I suppose.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    TFL. Yes I suppose so. Very sad.

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    It spoils it for everyone

  • 53 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Gahhh. I can’t imagine spending g a life doing that it must be a pretty bleak way to go on.

  • 54 sparky55 // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    ED…it’s your blog…if you wanna see it dragged in Makemsville then that’s your shout but for what it’s worth I prefer a makem free zone on a toon blog

  • 55 Paulmoncur // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    I’m glad this has been resolved time to push on

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    The blog has become like the internet version of a Salvation Army Hostel (Tramps Hotel) where the knackers and bums are spoiling it for the majority.
    Ed needs to get this sorted.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    I think we all know there will be investment, there simply has to be, but imo they are trying to get rid of the dross first, Marveaux, Obertan, Sameobi, Willo and the perennially injured STaylor. Unfortunately this will prove impossible unless we agree to help the buying/receiving club help in matching their wages, flogging all the saleable assets to make room will be a pointless exercise. Another scenario is that they won’t buy anyone using the excuse that Shcteve needs to asses the squad properly and buy in the January (despite them telling us they don’t do that) and not buying then anyway if we are looking ok. Personally I don’t see how they could possibly get away with that second scenario.

  • 58 thevirus // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Well hats off to penfold for his determination to piss everyone off he’s doing a great job,also a great job of destroying the blog which he obviously loves and can’t live without. A top notch knob head if ever there was one. I would advise people to just ignore him but I wouldn’t be able to do it either

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    So basically your phone/tablet hasn’t got an IP address so this sad barsteward can walk around Benidorm necking € 1pints and setting up a new e mail account in each boozer with wifi.

  • 60 thevirus // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Oh my god I’m not sure if I’ll ever recover from being called a prick by a prick,

  • 61 thevirus // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    From the comments you have wrote I can see it would be a obvious waste of my time trying to compete with your obviously abundant wit , but I’m sure I’ve just seen your mother sucking a dogs c**k after her shift spinning the waltzer

  • 62 why oh why // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Well all I am going to say on the shit bags on our blog thing is
    “Really ” just shows how unhappy and our jealous in the fact we are city with a huge football club and fantastic support .
    Unlike that small village team next to the seaside
    Seriously trolls get a life will you and just fuuuuk offfff

  • 63 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Has it gone?

  • 64 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:39 PM


    Who are you talking too lol

    More posts deleted?

  • 65 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    People catching up on the blog are going to think we’re all mad talking to ourselves.

  • 66 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Been saying for weeks/months/years for ed to sort his shit out in regards to wums/multiples and just downright dickheads. Has he seen the light? Doubt it.

    Oh and ed, could you please stop letting your site re-direct my Internet to full on porn where a girls flicking her bean furiously then won’t allow me to leave. I’ve got to delete all data from chrome and then delete the home screen app for this blog for it to disappear. Getting beyond a joke now.

  • 67 thevirus // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Sorry that was to penfold

  • 68 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Spellchecks posts haven’t been deleted on previous

  • 69 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 PM


    Tbh I always thought you belonged in a funny farm mate

  • 70 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:53 PM


    Can’t seem to see where he called you a prick? Unless it’s been deleted?

  • 71 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Jail to cut a long story short

    Catchy’s pet lip
    Riverie run dry
    Fake Jib
    Fake Welshgeordie9
    Lee Charnley

    It’s Jeffrey and he’s doing his best to convince others it’s Blackley.

  • 72 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    There’s probably many more associated accounts I’ve missed.

  • 73 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Virus I think he was calling everybody pricks not just you

  • 74 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    He obviously bans the email address and not the actual I.p address. Which is pointless really.

  • 75 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    can’t see what simpson brings to the table at all andI hope cathro will be the number 2 still

  • 76 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:25 PM


    aye he was calling everyone buddy try not to take offence he/she just needed attention.

  • 77 willowdalerez // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Wow a lot of jumping to conclusions here that staff is set. An announcement by Derby is hardly an announcement by NUFC and unless we made one I’m going to wait and see that this isn’t just another assumption that doesn’t materialize especially as it relates to Castro who is the only truly exciting appointment among those anticipated.

  • 78 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    @75 rotonda

    i cant say i know about either from my experience but from what i read i’d have to agree with you tbh.

  • 79 willowdalerez // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Simpson would be good if only because McClaren wants him… important that he clicks with his team.

  • 80 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Don’t think there’s been much conclusion jumping just a bit of hesitant optimism.

  • 81 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Yeah ha ha I would avoid replying to the idiot because IF/WHEN ed bars the tool and cuts his posts, you’ll be tearing into nobody 🙂

  • 82 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Don’t take all comments sooooo seriously, to be labeled a troll, thug or even a tw@ is quite mindless like my earlier posts. In the long I was just being mischievous. Great hangover cure to read some retorts from some who clearly take themselves and life iat self far to seriously. I only have one persona unlike other weirdos on here. HWTL

  • 83 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Willow I think it’s Fidel’s younger brother though 😉

    Unless you’re talking about Castrol. Bit of an oily character.

  • 84 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    What’s up?

  • 85 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Oh no. Resist it people.

  • 86 Our Toon // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Been away for a few days and I see nothing has changed at the toon or on the blog. Normally I’d say hi lads n lasses but we seem to be infested by sad WUMs on here.

    Anyway onto football matters, are we going to sign anyone, Swansea have signed a striker in Eder for 5m and looks like Liverpool have got Clyne.
    We meanwhile keep plodding along

  • 87 overtheline // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Aye Rotonda – I hope Cathro gets the No2 role too.

    On WUMS and trolls. Yes the blog has been ruined so much recently by plain malice and is in danger of all the things Dexter pointed out. If a person is banned for excessive personal abuse of other bloggers then they need banning for an extended period – if not permanently.

    Blackley got more and more extreme, visceral and spiteful as time went on and he got addicted to his attention seeking. He totally destroyed his credibility in posting valid opinions and seriously unpleasant. As he’d been banned from another blog – probably for the same abuse of other people it says much for the spirit of this blog that he was tolerated for as long as he was. He posted for about 18hrs a day sometimes so was difficult to avoid. IMO anybody who can seriously P Ibiza off has a problen – Ibiza being a pretty level guy.

    As for Jeff and his multiple personas – again playing mind games is a sign of malice. Somebody with more time than sense. Reminds me of Jack Nicholson as a cross between the Joker and the Shining and def not in a good way. Totally agree the IP address needs to be banned so there is no way back.

    I will confess to evolving my own monicker from my original Angelswithdirtyfaces through various incarnations but then I rarely slag anybody off or pick fights. The last months have been a major downer for posting at all.

  • 88 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Jail@59 well I suppose so but he needs to create a new email address to verify from as well each time. Could be done and I suppose he is a determined sicko. Which is why he shouldn’t be engaged.

    BUT if MAC registering was used, he’d be restricted to devices to register from. I suppose then he’d need to tramp Internet cafes, libraries….

  • 89 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Ashley out zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz nothing else to say.

  • 90 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Well said
    Remember Glasto is in full swing
    So cut the knobs some slack

  • 91 toon22 // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    But as with MA and the rest of the muppets,in the end they will be forgotten as all that matters is the club.
    They cant take that away from us in the end.

    Since the club currently wont say anything to the media,appart from a chosen few,id say everything thats been in print so far has been guess work and the usual bias agianst our club.
    We dont know anything atm.

    Time will tell,not the media or the cheap words from our current owners lackeys.

  • 92 willowdalerez // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:56 PM



    Oops yes I meant Cathro damn spell check and I mean mine not the poster

  • 93 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Jib I’m not on the same level as yourself, good luck though, bit of fun might cheer some of these miserable lot up. Eh average x

  • 94 toon22 // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    As for Blackey i havent read a thing he has said here for atleast a month.
    No point.

    Its not hard to just ignor the idiots,since they crave the argument and the attention its the last thing they want.

    Just ignor them.

  • 95 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Evening lads!

    So are we just signing on Derby’s backroom staff?

    I suppose we’ll go for the players next 😉

  • 96 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Optimistic prime, mind your own business. Football is my only interest. Not wind ups.

  • 97 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Ha ha ha
    Phil Neville takes Cathro’s job at Valelencia
    I know who I’d rather have
    It ain’t the Manc Plank

  • 98 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Valencia even

  • 99 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:08 PM


    Nice to see that you are in a good mood.

  • 100 Our Toon // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:11 PM


    I think Phil Neville would prefer Valencia over the Toon, Cathro is here but the better calibre of players play at Valencia

  • 101 bettyswallocks // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Belfast ……….. I thought it was the other sicko Iantoon who was the multiple poster.

    Very confusing and is making a mockery of a good blog with some good posters.
    There must be a way to stop the destructive behaviour. This is not banter any more just psychotic bollocks.

  • 102 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    If you all just check back the same wum cones on here as about five or six posters. Don’t engage them. Goodnight all.

  • 103 Spellcheck // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Always in a good mood WG9, no harm meant. All I have in my heart is deep love for our team.

  • 104 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Nope Jeffrey went wacky and the men in white coats want to have a chat with him apparently.

    He was last seen in the medical tent at Glastonbury wrapped in foil Shaky legs and nodding his head repeatedly.

    I hope he’s alreet.

  • 105 Craig_NuFc // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Good evening fellas! I’ve been reading this blog via news now for the last few years but first time posting…..firstly anyone else having problems when going onto this blog with their mobiles? everytime I try I keep getting pop ups and one especially awkward one on a bus involving porn haha. Secondly I’ve always loved reading the comments on here and being from London I used to feel I got great insight into the club from the posters here but now I find myself reading half the comments about whos who and not about the club or genuinely good debates and opinions about the club, any chance of that coming back? please.

  • 106 jimiley // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    We have a top 6 squad and any coaches will do. Bring on John McNamee as the defensive coach,

  • 107 lesh // Jun 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    We can expect an announcement when Charnley decides to give some quality time to doing what he’s supposed to be doing – some productive and constructive work – if he can be bothered!

  • 108 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    I keep hearing that a couple of signings will be announced when the coaching staff are, I do hope do

  • 109 CullysFinest // Jun 29, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    I was on a stadium tour of SJP on Friday for my younger brothers birthday. We in and around that the hierarchy assume on a match day, I noticed lee charnley was a few rows up the milburn stand with some other men who looked as though their wives detested the ground they walked on wearing shirts and trousers that probably cost around that that you would pay for a Nissan micra that was second hand. The blokes were talking and I couldn’t hear what they were saying but they were pointing at some areas of the ground and nodding every 14 seconds or so. Not much else I have to offer other than confirmation of lee charnley a whereabouts around 1:45pm on Friday just gone. Thank you for taking the time to read my anecdote

  • 110 jimiley // Jun 29, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    A few more top coaches and we should be able to knock the current outfit into a top 4 team. the team has breathtaking ability. More coaches and less players I say!!!

  • 111 Mister Tuff // Jun 29, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Must be looking good for the new team to be announced later on today. About time too!

  • 112 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Morning TUFF

    What have you done to poor old Blackley???????

  • 113 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 1:28 AM

    Wondering if Canny from Canberra is around today

  • 114 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    As things now seem to be moving along with the backroom appointments imminent, I fully expect a more committed and confident squad next season.

    The coaching team seem to be highly qualified and experienced both home and abroad and with the addition of 2 or 3 quality players in key positions, I can see others in the squad being coached properly, subsequently improving and adding more quality and options.

  • 115 DicBDownUnder // Jun 29, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    I’ve been quietly watching for a while, starting to get that same feeling from last season as there has been all talk and no action. But I read an article last night(don’t have the link, I’m currently on my phone) that there is a possibility no signings have been made to help the financial figures to the year ending June 30th. Apparently last season De Jong was signed in the 1st of July, and he was our first summer signing, that would have been included in this years financial figures. Maybe they are waiting until the financial year ends to ‘make a move’. I’m not sure, but it certainly makes sense and has put me a little at ease. We shall find out after July 1st if this is true though…

  • 116 lesh // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    That’s that then – Thauvin’s not coming to SJP.

  • 117 hibbit // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    REPOST,,,,,,,,,,,,,hibbit // Jun 28, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    expat my mate works for steve gibson / boro at rockliffe hall hotel / boro training ground……… Mc has met all his coaches there over the last two weeks ……. i am not itk but i have put bits on here about the coaches over the last two weeks Mc has played golf today and all 5 coaches are booked in stay tonight…….. thats about all i know…… Mc lives close by

  • 118 cyprus // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    I’m thinking that the two big names are already set and agreed: Charlie and Florian (25 to 28 mil).

    Three other mid-range (5 mil) players are almost there and 1 more ‘maybe he’ll make it’ is being discussed.

    Bet on the above, at your own risk 🙂

  • 119 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    I know nothing of these coaches, but is it basically just Derby’s coaching staff we are signing?

    …and is that what’s taken us a month?

  • 120 Lindisfarne // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Lee Ryder says “Simpson is expected to work alongside McClaren and new assistant coach Ian Cathro who joined the club after leaving Valencia earlier this summer.””

    As there are no sources named, I take it the journalist is using logical presumtion in the case of Simpson. However whilst i would love it Cathro was true, there is still nothing official and therefore hard to believe.

  • 121 firebug666 // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Until the club that destroyed a million dreams makes some sort of announcement everything will remain speculation, Nobody would even know if or when a press conference is call unless you are a preferred media partner.

    The club that destroyed a million dreams likes to keep it’s cards close; so close that we don’t even know if it has put it’s blinds in never mind made a bid.

    What would not surprise me is if Charnley and Co were just getting back from holidays this week.

  • 122 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Contracts have to be sorted out
    It is the holiday period
    McClaren has been appointed a little over 2 weeks (19 days)
    I know you love finding fault with everything NUFC do , but do get your facts right , dear boy

  • 123 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Jib…so 3 weeks tight!

    …and you love semantics and making everything more difficult than it is (for some reason)

    All you needed to do was giving a simple answer but you would rather start a discussion! Why?

  • 124 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:05 AM


  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Slaven Bilic has been at W Ham for twenty days and has made some key signings. I don’t recall their owners blathering on about horses and carts or Fat Sam drooling about all the exciting players they’ll be buying in the summer. I don’t doubt we’ll spend a few quid, survival depends on it, just we’ve gone about it in our usual haphazard way. We’ll be starting our first pre season games with the same team that really don’t give a fcuk.

  • 126 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    One mans semantics is another mans conversation.
    Blogs are set up for discussion.
    If you don’t want your thoughts discussed keep them to yourself

  • 127 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Cathro apparently excited about joining NUFC according to quotes in the chronicle.


    Fair enough mate. Good news hopefully.

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    They were on about Phil Neville joining Valencia on SSN and said he’s taking the place of Cathro whose joined Newcastle, but still nothing official.

  • 129 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:20 AM


    JIB has a point there actually

  • 130 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Totally different scenarios
    Fat Sam has been a dead man walking since Xmas
    There was still a possibility the manager could have been Carver until about 6 weeks ago !!!
    Talk about Bilic’s signings when they have some success in the Prem , West Ham have paid through the nose for some real donkeys the last few seasons.

  • 131 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Jib…what you are bringing to the table is not conversation!

  • 132 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Expat…a point in what if you don’t mind me asking?

  • 133 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Don’t be such a baby.
    Go back to bed.
    Get out the other side and see if it puts you in a better mood.

  • 134 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Not really a different scenario at all, regardless of who the manager was going to be we need a commanding CB and the new manager will get who he’s given IF we buy one. As for judging players you could say that about nearly every player we’ve bought over the last few years.

  • 135 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Jeff…we’re still not having a conversation!

  • 136 firebug666 // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Apparently Ian Cathro has given an interview to the sun about his excitement at joining Newcastle.

    Makes you wonder if the powers that be are even going to bother with an official announcement.

    Is it all done on a need to know basis, where the fans don’t need to know?

  • 137 optimistic prime // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    I read Cathros interview with The Sun, he’s a none starter.
    Talking to someone other than our preferred media partner, big no no.

  • 138 expatmag // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:40 AM


    That this is a blog where varying discussions and opinions on topics are discussed and therefore not everyone is going to agree all of the time.

  • 139 check the toastie // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    How can a board go from considering Carver allegedly as manager to then removing him from the club and appointing a gaggle of replacements.

    The plan since January was McLaren and new coaching staff, the problem comes in the continual lack of transparency or communication from the club, until they sort there PR out, suspicion will always remain.

    Looking forward to this coming season as Pardew and Carver where charlatans acting as decent football people, total dinosaurs, Crystal Palace will witness that this year.

    Think we have a chance if we get CB, Ashley Cole, Van Ginkel and Austin

  • 140 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    firebug…if I remember correctly when McClaren was appointed the media had been saying it for days!

    …the club just doesn’t communicate (and apparently have a problem closing a deal)

  • 141 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    You make a fair point about the need to announce it.
    Do you know who Bilic has assisting him at W Ham ?
    Rodgers at Liverpool ?
    Can you remember who Glen Roeder was assisted by when he managed the Toon ?

    It is just another example of some supporters (? ) using any stick they can to beat the club with.

  • 142 firebug666 // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:51 AM


    I agree, but then I think that had been a done deal for a while, and the club were just waiting for McClaren to be sacked to save a few quid compensation.

    If they have sorted the coaching staff, why then keep it a secret?

    Indeed if the secret is out now, why not just confirm it?

    Why does this club have to keep everything so secret?

    It’s like they know how it affects us fans, and that is the only purpose.

    We now know that Ian Cathro has joined is some capacity (probably assistant coach) because he has said so himself. But what benefit will Newcastle get from not confirming his position?

  • 143 firebug666 // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:52 AM


    I see your people skills have improved!

  • 144 Jib // Jun 29, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    check the toastie
    I agree with all your players except van Ginkel
    If McLaren can get Sissoko playing proper box to box midfield (which is his best role ) he is better than the dutchman.

  • 145 firebug666 // Jun 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM


    Just for the record, I don’t support West Ham or Liverpool, who they get as staff holds no concern for me. I am a lifelong Newcastle supporter, and who we bring in at this club is what does concern me.

    I feel that having supported this club all my life I have every right to question those running the club, and expect them to keep me informed on major changes that will affect the club and it’s fans.

  • 146 DicBDownUnder // Jun 29, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    I know the blog is for sharing opinions, but seems like there’s more bitching on here than white chicks and legally blonde combined. HAPPY BLOGGING TOONERZ

  • 147 Moonraker15 // Jun 29, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    You’re a knob! Ask any West Ham fan and they will be able to tell you who the assistant manager is, or who is gonna be. A friend who supports hammers told me months ago that Bilic was coming in. The difference is he was right while we were fed rubbish rumours! We need information!

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