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Magpies Will Be Hard To Beat Under McClaren

9:01 am, Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

People who know Steve McClaren have said that he’s a very good coach,  and that includes Gateshead manager Malcolm Crosby, who gave a glowing reference to Steve when he first appointed last month.

At that time Malcolm said McClaren was top class and one of the best coaches in Europe, but in truth his record doesn’t really back those claims up with his win ratio after 564 games being only 46.5%.

As an example, Jose Mourinho’s win ratio is 67% after 740 games managed.

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Steven McClaren on the training pitch yesterday

Malcolm worked with Steve at Middlesbrough, and he has again spoken about the new head coach at Newcastle,  who took training for the first time yesterday at Benton:

“Steve’s a good manager and a good coach.” “I think he’s a good appointment for Newcastle. Stability is important. I’d like to think he’ll give them it.”

“His managerial record is good. I think he did a great job at Middlesbrough.” “He went over to Holland with FC Twente and did fantastic. In Germany with Wolfsburg, it didn’t happen.”

“He’ll organise the team,” “They might not be charging forward every five minutes but he’ll have them well-organised and they’ll be a hard team to beat.”

“At the end of the day, that’s what you have to be in any league.”

Newcastle will play Gateshead at the International stadium a week tomorrow in our first pre-season friendly, when we should see some of our new players like Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, who we bought last summer from Nottingham Forest, and they are now part of our first team squad.

Comments welcome.

Note: It was tragic for England’s women last night in the World Cup semi-final losing 2-1 to holders Japan, and a heartbreaking own goal after 92 minutes from Laura Bassett at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Tragic after England had hit the cross-bar twice, but they still did fantastically well, and deserve great credit for their excellent performances – they did England proud.

Tags: Coaching · Interview · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Ashley Out

  • 2 terencelim // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:06 AM


  • 3 lesh // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    So. No sign of Paul Simpson in yet and it looks as though Steve Watson’s singing the song Ashley and Charnley like to hear – just like Carver.

    Could he be lining himself up for a coaching role? If he were appointed without McClaren’s full support I see trouble. As far as Charnley’s concerned, recruiting Watson’d provide ready-made cover should McClaren decide enough’s enough!

    So much for Ashley’s commitments – not worth a candle.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Where did you see Mitrovic to Porto? They are flush with cash after the departure of Martinez, and it would be a good move for both him and the club. Porto have a good track record for bringing in centre forwards, getting value from them for 2 or 3 years and then allowing them to move on to a top club.

    I will be disappointed if he goes there, as he was the striker I wanted out of those we have been linked with, but it is probably the sensible move for him.

  • 5 lesh // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Oh, Ashley oot – unless he kicks Charnley’s backside into gear!

  • 6 ToonMatt // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Ashley out!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Yeah, I saw that article earlier. Looks suspiciously like a job application form for NUFC.

  • 8 mickalfas // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare with Mourinho ,as the best coach in the world could do better if given the same budget as him
    A good coach for me means to get players to overachieve and to get the team to gel
    We’ll see this year how good SM is ,he’ll need to work miracles with the shite he’s got now imo

  • 9 lesh // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM


    Watson would appeal to Ashley and his lacky, he’d be cheap and most importantly, he’s a Geordie… with experience of management in England.

    Worrying to say the least!

  • 10 jimbo // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Stop saying Ashley out you look pathetic. The whole football world is laughing at us because of that sort of garbage.

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    yes I did

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I wouldn’t mind Watson coming in under other circumstances, as long as it was to work with talented coaches. However, with the fawning to Ashley in pieces like that it puts me off completely and makes it seem like he would be another sell out.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    I think you misread, I asked where you saw it, I haven’t seen it on my early morning trawl, so was just interested in the source.

  • 14 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    ashley twonk oot hahah

  • 15 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    i didn’t get where i am today by telling the truth

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I highly doubt the rest of the football world are laughing at us. Most of the football world will be looking closer to home at their own shortcomings or successes. Regardless of that though, I couldn’t really care less what the rest of the football world think. They don’t follow this club closely bough to see the intricacies of what happens here.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    *closely enough

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    many apologies Lilongwe, I’ll see if I can find the source again one min

  • 19 Keith in France // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    On the NUFC website – non of the new coaching staff are featured?

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    unfortunately source is not in English

    FC Porto to lure Aleksandar Mitrovi? away from Newcastle. “Talks move in the right direction” … #rsca #nufc

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Mercato Negotiations between representatives of Mitro and Porto progressing well.
    Portugal is decidedly crazy Mitrovic. After Benfica, Porto is the turn to the forcing to the Serbian striker.

    After selling 35 million Jackson Martinez, the Dragons want to strengthen. The arrival of Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano striker) is a first step to fill the departure of striker home, but the Portuguese have another priority target for Aleksandar Mitrovic. A player they Scout 15 to 20 times this season. This shows some interest.

    Negotiations between the player and the clubs around advancing it very well and faster and faster these days. Friendship between the two teams, via Lucien D’Onofrio, helping greatly to dialogue.

    If he made ??it clear that it would be an honor to play for Benfica, Mitrogoal would not be against a passage by Porto. The club has everything Search: he emphasizes youth, plays the title and the Champions League

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    No need to apologise mate. Cheers for digging up the source.

    Nothing concrete in their, so could well be agents trying to smoke interest out, and boost their clients personal terms, or journos putting two and two together. Alternatively, it could be accurate.

    Still, I will continue to hope we can get him. Probably the most talented centre forward we have been linked with, and the most likely to continue to improve. Added bonus that he wouldn’t need to be named in the squad, so it wouldn’t require a departure for him to play next season.

  • 23 Brummie // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:16 AM


  • 24 nufc 11 // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    to be hard to beat you need a good defence I wouldnt willo or colo a game in league 2 wait and see though they will be 1st choice come the 1st game of the season.

  • 25 KevinLee // Jul 2, 2015 at 12:13 PM


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