Steve McClaren Impressive At Fans Forum Meeting

It was good to see that new head coach Steve McClaren attended the Fans Forum meeting last night, and he was active in the discussions and not surprisingly the people present were impressed with Steve’s contribution for the night.

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Steve McClaren – participated actively last night

Two more of the four Directors – Lee Charnley and Bobby Moncur – were also in attendance, and only Graham Carr was missing, but maybe Graham can attend one of these meetings during the season.

It would be good to get Graham’s perspective from his Chief Scout (almost Director of Football) position at the club.

We’ll have to wait for the minutes of the meeting to be published, and then there will be some talking points, and one of them will obviously be the transfer market this summer, with Newcastle seeming to struggle to make new signings.

Steve was very active in the meeting and asked the members of the Fans Forum various questions and obviously Steve is going to be very good at these meeting in the future.

People present at the meeting said that McClaren came over as a likable person who participated fully in the meeting, and seemed very honest and straightforward, who wanted to understand the fans’ position on various things.

But when the minutes do come out we probably shouldn’t expect too much from Managing Director Lee Charnley, who was said to reiterate stuff he’s said in the past – but it will be interesting to read what Steve said.

Given the situation Newcastle are in with their poor (dire?) communication – Steve McClaren can help that big time.

This is what one of the members Mr. Payne had to say about the meeting in the Chronicle today, via his Twitter account:

“I do like McLaren. I like how he engages with people, I like his attitude and his honesty and his positivity. Him being there was a big plus.”

“McLaren  impressed me by asking US questions, made me feel like he is actually interested in fans. Nobody at the club has done that before.”

“However, I do feel that it was very clever by the club to have him there as it kept the focus very much on the now and the future.”

“As I said earlier, the club won’t comment on transfer speculation or give details of how close they are to signing player x y or z,”

“I was a bit disappointed with that, meeting moved on quickly and it felt like there wasn’t enough time to go into detail very often.

“Structure of the meeting was different tonight so unfortunately I only got to ask 3 of the 10 questions I had. Other people covered some.”

It’s not too surprising they will not talk about transfers in any detail, while we are trying to tie up some of the deals.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #1

    This is how I now see it: Patience is one thing…but if we fail to get Wij, Austin, a Centre half…the heat will be turned on at full power on Charnley and with full justification. Mistakes were (sort of) acknowledged at the end last season and very little has been done to rectify them apart from appointing coaching staff who are actually qualified for their jobs.
    Charnley has given himself a problem, only about a couple of weeks or so to pull some rabbits out of an increasingly empty hat. Fans up and down the country will surely be able to see our predicament.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m staggered that the club have done something right for once in getting McClaren to attend. By all accounts a positive first interaction too. The backroom staff are shaping up well (Cathro I’m very excited by) ao all we need now it get Charnley to do his job. I just have a bad feeling about him though, he doesnt seem like a strong enough character to be doing the job he finds himself in. These agents will in all likelihood walk all over him in negotiations which would explain why it takes so long for us to do business.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #3

    By the way (for whoever it was asking in the previous thread) Wijnaldum is apparently pronounced Wee-nal-dum. Altough if we somehow pull off a miracle and sign him we can look forward to all sorts of commentators efforts, like Cab El Aaaah and Cab ah Yay from recent seasons.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #4

    In: Matíp, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Austin

    Out: Williamson, Gouffran, Ameobi, Obertan

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #5

    i have always thought that charnley has been given a easy ride he gave carver the job when every one new he was not up to it he is the one who puts very low bids or no bids at all for players………. the club were expecting bother when they gave him a minder at the end of last season its time we as fans turned up the heat on him he is a large part of the problems at newcastle

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    if we want to move on and be better, then certainly Wijnaldum is way forward, great quality player, full international for third team in the World Cup, best player in Dutch league last year, great on and off the ball, great athlete, technique and I can go on…this is a sort of player we need to bring, for 15M is very cheap…striker Mitrovic is 20y.o. and we need to bring that type of talent here and let him and Cisse as main forwards…we have on n.10 position SDJ and Cabella…on wing can play Aarons,Cabella,Perez,Riviere and Sissoko…and CB is a must Matip or somebody with height and Rolan as CF and WG, great player with goal instinct and pace…

    options on bench…taylor,dummet,good,willo,tiote,colback,abeid,perez,cabella,aarons,riviere,cisse…I think this would be great squad with a lot of options….
    invest 50-60M on 4 players with a lot of potential…players which can be top players

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Wayayman @3 – Thanks for that – I’ve been wondering how the hell you pronounce his name 🙂

  • maddib1

    Jul 7, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Need more than just 4 or 5 players. We got rid of 5 squad players/first teamers last year (forget Ferrerya, he was a waste of space). Everyone could see the squad was threadbare last year, we need 5 in just to get the squad back up to threadbare status, and then probably another 4 or 5 to bulk the squad up. Sadly it’s never going to happen, which means yet another season of midfielders playing as full backs, full backs playing as centre halfs – given Newcastles disciplinary track record down the years, its a guarantee there will be injuries/suspensions.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #9

    You’re right, and he seems unsackable. Of course, he’s got Moncur to help him out now, so no worries!

  • JamesToon

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Spurs and Liverpool want Kemen. Hope we keep hold of him, want to see us start bringing players through more, become like the Southampton of the North. Want to see Good, Sterry, Kemen, Aarons and Armstrong all given chances this season

  • mickalfas

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #11

    If Austin’s not keen about coming here ,go all out for Mitrovic ,at only 20 year old ,its a no brainer even for Charnley,profit down the line
    Get Winaljdum over the line,a couple of CB’s in and were sorted
    Sell the deadwood or release ,when January comes Steve can have a better idea of who needs to go and who he needs to come in
    Mitrovic, Aymen,Matip/Van dijk,and Winaljdum in ,£50m all in,less £5m or so for the deadwood

  • expatmag

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I love it when ridiculous posters like Toonfan come on here spouting in fcuking cloud cuckoo land that we should spend SIXTY MILLION BLOODY QUID in one window on players.

    Where have you been the last 8 years?????????

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #13

    if other clubs can spend it, why not us?

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #14

    toonfan 8 ……….the answer………MIKE ASHLEY

  • nufc 11

    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #15

    The problem nufc have with having a quality pl squad that will push on up the league is that Mike Ashley would rather only pay the 11 who play every week anyone not in the team and on big wages will be moved on ask yanga ask santon always threadbare always but the wage bill will be low

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 7, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Charnley is clearly not fit for the job he’s doing in everybody’s view, except Ashley apparently. As odious a character as he is, Ashley is no fool, so Charnley must be working to a brief which he has been given. Who knows exactly what it is, but you can bet it’s about Ashley making money first and foremost.

  • G peart 83

    Jul 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Charnley is in place to take the blame for no signings this summer he will then be removed from his post and replaced by another ashley sidekick


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