Steve McClaren has been on board for about a month now and he has already made a difference in the climate at Newcastle with his professionalism and enthusiasm, but also because he seems straight and down to earth and tells things like they are – and doesn’t sugar coat everything.
His appearance on Monday night at the Fans Forum went over very well, and if you look at the minutes of the meeting it was almost a one man show from Steve as he talked to the fans – asked them questions – and seemed to tell them almost everything he knew on certain topics.
Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren on Monday night
Lee’s thinking how can I sign Wijnaldum and Mitrovic by Saturday?
He got an early morning plane on Tuesday to Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam)
It seems like a breath of fresh air.
One of the representatives at the Forum was Paul Loughlin, who has represented the St. James’ Park’s East Stand since last summer, and he has been interviewed about the meeting on the Newcastle web-site:
“I was pleasantly surprised that Steve was here.” “It was a great statement of intent from the Club to bring him to the meeting itself.”
“The Club has talked about not dwelling too much on last season and looking forward and Steve set the tone, ethos and culture of where the Club wants to go.”
“He obviously has an idea of what he wants from the players and a plan in place. It will be interesting to see what he does from here.”
“Bringing Steve to the meeting is refreshing and hasn’t been done before. There has been a step change in how the club wants to communicate.”
“It was great to get the answers from the horse’s mouth in that level of detail.”
We are hoping this is not a one-off but that the Fans Forum meetings will be scheduled around Steve’s calendar, so he can attend every single one of them.
The head coach certainly seems to have made the last Forum meeting really special, as he answered most of the questions and let the members know what his thinking was on lots of topics.
Coming from the head coach – that has to be good.
Now if we can get two players signed tomorrow – 24 year-old midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum of PSV, and 20 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht – we could be flying.