The minutes have been released by Newcastle of the Fans Forum meeting that took place on Monday night, with new head coach Steve McClaren in attendance.
And the minutes start off with a long piece from Steve on what he sees his job among other things, and once again it seems McClaren is keen to communicate with the Newcastle fans.
Steve McClaren at the Fans Forum meeting
Steve McClaren talks about discipline of the players – which was diabolical under John Carver when many players picked up suspensions including Jack Colback, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to name a few.
And one low point for John Carver was when he accused Mike Williamson of getting himself sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Leicester.
That was simply complete nonsense coming from Carver, who seemed to lose his cool after the game – which may not have been all that surprising since it it was our 8th defeat in a row.
Here’s some of what Steve had to say:
“The present staff have been fantastic. They’ve been really good. The players have come in and we’ve set out our culture, our rules. Discipline is the key to it.¨
“We’ve stressed from day one the kind of discipline we expect from players, as well as the discipline that they expect from us. We ask them to be professional; to do the right thing every day.¨
¨Everybody knows what’s right and what’s wrong and we ask them to come in and do the right thing, to be professional.¨
“If we create that environment, people – players – will follow. It’s about setting up, getting the players in and identifying what success is. We want to win something and get into the top eight. That’s been stated by the owner and that’s our objective.¨
¨How we get there is our job. You start right at the bottom in terms of what you create, the culture and the climate, what rules you set, the discipline, how you work, the professionalism, the character.¨
“My first job at the training ground is to create that culture of professionalism. That has to be the first success, then we’re building on that with recruitment – which is being worked on day and night relentlessly. Despite what you may read or hear, that’s what has been happening.¨
“Through the years, I’ve learned through experience that things will happen. That’s football. They don’t always happen when you want them to happen but if you hold your nerve, they happen how you want them to happen.¨
“In the longer term, we have got to think strategically about how we develop this team into a top eight team that is going to win a trophy.”
Those are good words form McClaren and while there’s not too much positive coming out of the club at the moment, we’ve been impressed with McClaren.
But of course he will be judged by the results he gets – like any other coach.
Steve is obviously a top man – and we hope he can match that by becoming a top coach at Newcastle and take us into the top eight next season, and even better in the seasons to come.
That’s our hope.
In the Fans Forum meeting it seems Steve answered almost all the questions – it looked like a one man show.