McClaren – One Or Two Positions Need to Be Filled Desperately

Steve McClaren hosted reporters at the Benton training grounds yesterday and the journalists saw Newcastle do a lengthy warm-up before they split into two groups.

Hopefully that lengthy warm-up is one way to try to cut down on all the injuries we seem to pick up each season.

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Steve McClaren – four or five top players would be good

New conditioning coach Alessandro Schoenmaker will be the one looking at cutting down on in juries which decimated the squad last season.

And just like he did on Monday night at the Fans Forum meeting Steve McClaren seemed happy enough to talk at length on most subjects the journalists brought up.

On the transfer front he mentioned the fact that the next three transfer windows would be important for Newcastle – so that will take us through to the start of next season 2016-2017.

And he mentioned that one or two position needed to be filled desperately – make that two and they are center-back and center-forward.

This is what he said on the number of signings he expected:

“We have got one or two positions we need to fill desperately, so we might need to buy about four or five – that would be great – but if not, we’ll just have to wait.”

And then he was asked if he would be happy with four or five signings this summer:

“Yes, I think everybody would. Everybody knows what the objectives are, and everybody knows that we have got good players here, but we need to improve on that.”

Steve is a very good communicator, and it looks like all the news to the fans will come through the head coach – much like it did with Alan Pardew.

But Steve seems willing to divulge more than Alan did – and that’s good for the Newcastle fans – especially when it looks like the 54 year-old will become the main participant for the club in those Fans Forum meetings.

And on Monday night he even seemed pleased and even enthusiastic to be able to talk to the Newcastle fans who were present.

In previous meeting the reps from Newcastle just seemed to want to get through the meetings as best they could.

So that’s a good change.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Right Charnley, there it is from the horse’s mouth.

    Get moving and get what we need, smartish!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    see n’kolou is available and being linked to us for only 7M. 2 years ago they wanted 14M and he’s only 25.

    Yes we all know it could all be further bs to sell papers but can’t help getting a little excited at the prospect of Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Matip, N’Kolou.

    Have to say I’m really warming to SM too.

  • deeps

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Transfers: PSV Announce Deal with Newcastle for Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum; Player Travelling to England for Medical – (via

  • deeps

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Yaay first deal done

  • mickalfas

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s took him this long to realize the defence is shit,-63 goal difference is the first clue ffs

  • mickalfas

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Goals against

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    GK—Krul,Darlow,Elliot—good enough
    RB—Janmaat—(Anita,S.Taylor as cover)but specialist RB cover should be brought
    AM—De Jong,Sissoko,Aarons,Cabella,Marveaux
    that should be our 25man squad in start of the season if RB cover is brought and these 3

    Williamson,Gouffran,Vuckic,Obertan,Abeid,Bigirimana,Ferguson sell or loan out…but I would give a chance maybe to Vuckic and Abeid in pre-season

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Have you seen much of Matip? I hope we don’t get him as our main centre half. He can look very good, but makes key errors, and positionally he is very poor. I actually think he will develop into a defensive midfielder rather than a centre half, where his positional lapses will be less costly.

    If he was our commanding centre half signing, particularly at the prices being touted, then I wouldn’t be thrilled. I’d much prefer a centre half that knows the league if we are spending that sort of money.

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #9
  • LooneyToon41

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    @3 Nice one Deeps! Yep, PSV have confirmed that Wijnaldum is on his way to Newcastle for a medical!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    McLaren : “We have got one or two positions we need to fill desperately, so we might need to buy about four or five – that would be great – but if not, we’ll just have to wait.”

    Is he talking about the Board or the team ?


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