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Steve McClaren Already Making A Difference On Tyneside

10:40 pm, Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 66 Comments

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

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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Newcastle Fans · Newcastle News

66 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Being given acupuncture with rusty knitting needles is too good for Ashley !

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I’m not a big fan of farts either Jail mate. Harrumph. Schteve is looking good by the way.

  • 3 toonicle // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Gotta say I wasn’t super excited when Steve was announced but I’ve been very impressed and surprised by the change in attitude and willingness to actually communicate with the fans

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Well said toonicle. Schteve is looking good.

  • 5 Average_Contents // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Mitrovic’s father and Anderlect have stated there may be other clubs still in the running. Apparently.

    Sounds like their trying to drum up more interest to me if that’s true.

    But if he doesn’t want to be here or we’re his second, third, forth choice then leave him be I say.

    Let’s get little wij over the damn line first anyway.

  • 6 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Simon Bird sticks his neck out on behalf of the stoo…..preferred media partners.

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Looking at the second half team, there were a lot of attacking players on.


    Maybe a diamond?


    A bit unbalanced,so maybe the reason we couldnt find another goal.

  • 8 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    He’s a little less committal on Mitrovic though as AC says.

    ………..the player’s dad, Ivica Mitrovic, said: “Yes, Newcastle is an option. But we are still waiting for another club.”……….

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Riviere was looking in the wrong places YCMIU mate. I saw him wandering about near the sidelines looking perplexed…..

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    It’s not too late for another sneaky low bid for van Persie!!!!

  • 11 Noel Worst // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Think The Mirror have been well and truly shafted by Mash in their bid to be the Toon oracle, quite funny actually, paid to be informed of and publish bare-faced lies. Simon Bird getting it from all angles whenever he tweets anything NUF related 😆

  • 12 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    The mirror survey is will NUFC win a trophy next season.

    I’ve been on the lash since two so voted yes, I don’t beleive it, but it felt good.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Would we really pay 14.7M pounds for the Wij? After paying 12M for Cabella? What is going on at this club? What is this crazy lust for MF’s? This madness??? This deep desire??? When we have vegetables in the back four??? Colour me perplexed.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM


    Its “will nufc win a trophy in the next 3 years”. Still bloody pushing it imo 😀

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Give me a solid, dependable CB over another MF any day. Give me 2 in fact. Big, brooding, brutes. That’s the ticket.

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM


    I imagine Riviere looks perplexed every time he sees a white frame,with what appears to be an onion bag attached. He certainly plays it safe and makes sure the ball does not get tangled up in there.

  • 17 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM



    Easy, CL and league to

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    If Mitrovic doesn’t want to come. Let him go and we move on. He has started pissing me off before he even comes to NUFC. we shld get players who want to come not stepping stone.

  • 19 lesh // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM


    If Mitro whatever’s not keen to join us, then so be it – let him go elsewhere.

    We don’t want anyone who’s not committed to the cause.

    We’ve seen enough parasites!

  • 20 Belfast // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Dutch bloke seems keen. Serbian bloke doesn’t seem keen.

    More later….

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    I strongly believe we should compete for the Isthmian League Premier Division Title. A cup is a cup after all.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM


    I am putting a bet on the toon to do the League/FA cup/UEFA CL trebble next season. (This year is just a little too soon….not least because we are not in the CL 😀 )

  • 23 Belfast // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Serbian bloke will be promised move elsewhere later down the line if he’s any good. That might seal the deal.

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Yes, I agree YCMIU mate. He has enough trouble getting himself out of the old onion bag when he clatters in there by mistake occasionally. Top striker though. If we can get him….say…..50 good chances, there’s a good chance he’ll bag one!!!

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    We have to first finish Top 8, Get a shirt deal both the manufacturer and sponsor, become a major brand we just play attractive football. Those Top 6 clubs have crazy deals compared to ours. Its still hard work

  • 26 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM


    The Cabella fee remains undisclosed, though Sky reported it understood it to be as being as little as £7m.
    The Telegraph put it at £10m.
    The £12m stuck because it was determinedly repeated to death on here.

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:13 PM


    I wouldnt mind that. If he comes here intending to use us as a stepping stone, then fine. If we have not made europe in 2 years, and he has banged in plenty of goals, then we get a big pay day. If those goals get us into the CL,then he might stay. It’s win win for him and us.

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:15 PM


    I have said before… we need players like riviere. 5-6 goal per career strikers don’t grow on trees.

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    But still BandB mate, even if it was only 7M was he worth it? I’m still not sure. And this whole cabbage fetish at CB cannot continue!!!!

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    And it’s a bloody good thing they don’t YCMIU mate. You know we’re notorious pickers of the low fruits after all…..

  • 31 Belfast // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    It’s ok in some cases but you can’t have a squad full of these types of players Markass.

    Colback’s probably the only player we’ve signed that doesn’t have his eyes on a move elsewhere

  • 32 will die for the toon army // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Top clubs have turnover of £150m plus thats crazy shit compared to our £96m. Thats a difference of like £60m.

  • 33 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM


    I never wanted him.
    We forced a better player out for no fee.

  • 34 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM


    Thats Brassica-ism. You brassica-ist!
    Willo and colo might be cabages, but Taylor is clearly a cauliflower…. or do they all look the same to you?

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Riders on the storm
    Riders on the storm
    Into this club we’re born
    Into this league we’re thrown
    Like a dog without a bone
    A player out on loan
    Riders on the storm
    Doors were true Toon supporters. Beautiful.

  • 36 will die for the toon army // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Bring us a striker who can take for the next 2 yrs. We are going to have a deadly attack come 2017.


  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM


    Yeah, true. A lot of mercs in the game now. Not many are in it for the challenges,they all want to play in a team that will win them a trophy instantly.

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    I’m a non-conformist YCMIU mate. You say cabbage, I say giant Brussel sprout.

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    I’m forgetting now BandB mate. Who did we force out for no fee? My mind is very tangled…..

  • 40 stan anderson // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    So have we signed anyone yet,or is it the usual problems,

  • 41 optimistic prime // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    I think we’ll win the World Cup, again!

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Anyone passed a medical yet?

  • 43 JamesToon // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Wijnaldum completed his medical

  • 44 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    The sooner Wijnaldum signs on the dotted line the better.
    It makes a statement.
    I don’t want us to invite a stand-off with both of them waiting to see if the other commits.
    Without Wijnaldum we are still a nearly-relegated team which is the only one in the league not to sign a player.

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    James…when is the Serbian kid due?

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    We’re just going to lie in the weeds and pick the low hanging fruit. You lot will see the light at the end of the window. Plenty of low hanging fruit out there……No, really Lee has them all lined up!!!

  • 47 Polarboy // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    I’ve seen the quote from Anderlecht which seemed to pretty much be a bit of last minute price hiking but I haven’t seen this quote from his father or where it came from, which is more worrying if genuine. His agent seemed pretty definite about him joining us though, so it’s hard to know what the truth is.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    The Serbian kid’s dad says there are other clubs still interested jesper mate. He doesn’t hang low enough for us apparently.

  • 49 beermonkey // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM


    just read the 5 things we learned in the chron
    and they said this on wijnaldum

    Apparently Wijnaldum had wanted to be at the International Stadium after passing his medical and inking a long-term contract with Newcastle. Without the deal being announced or finalised that wasn’t deemed wise

  • 50 Polarboy // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    @GeordieTwo. What are you blathering about mate?

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    The truth???? You can’t handle the truth Polarboy mate!!! The truth is Charnley is a tw@t and will bugger this up, one way or another. (nice film quote eh?)

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    He’s not a low hanging enough fruit Polarboy mate. Probably wants assurances we’re a decent, well behaved club with real ambition or some other load of bollocks. Harrumph.

  • 53 Polarboy // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    @GeordieTwo. Well I’m going to give him a case by case basis, a trail run if you will, if he manages to sign 4 really good players or more he’ll have passed. Blathering like a loon isn’t very becoming GeordieTwo.

  • 54 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM


    Bird suggests they (Mitrovic and his dad) are waiting on Porto, who are claimed to be unwilling to match our current bid.
    However, if our current bid isn’t the asking price, Anderlecht may choose to wait and see.
    Hopefully we’ll see Wijnaldum with the shirt tomorrow.

  • 55 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    I passed a medical at one time jesper mate. They said I was in tip top condition… to outrun a honey badger in heat….. That sort of thing…..

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    That’s a very nice loon reference Polarboy. I object to the blather bit however. I’m very much in the know. People on here are very aware that I get them the down and dirty on a regular basis. Ask YCMIU, ask BandB….go on…….I’ll wait.

  • 57 Polarboy // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    @GeordieTwo. You strike me as someone with far too much time on there hands, so I’m going to leave it there 😉

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    What is our current bid for Mitrovic btw? Does anybody know? For an up and coming 20 year old from a different league? Hmmmmm. This sounds like the time for a very strategic sneaky low bid…..

  • 59 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    You drive me up the wall sometimes as well G2.
    And sometimes you are what the blog needs to diffuse a situation.

    And if Markaccus doesn’t change his name back soon I’m going to start calling him YMCA.

    Which is deeply hostelist.

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    It’s a common problem with me BandB mate. I drive everyone I know up the wall. But sometimes I amuse them enough to forgive and forget. Off now. Good evening to you all.

  • 61 BandB // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Goodnight chuck.

  • 62 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Hahaha Cordone. He was my doppelganger when I had long hair.

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 10, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    So the Mitrovic was never closer or what am I to believe?

  • 64 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM


  • 65 Bri // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Don’t get to excited, it’s going to take a lot more than Wij for our team to move forward.

  • 66 Spellcheck // Jul 11, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    You couldn’t make it up, still contrary and stiff like boring. Geordie 2, keep it up very good when your bored clearly. More importantly, we ain’t signed anyone yet. Flights in. Footage watched blah blah….. We need the likes of for mentioned midfield Dutch nouse to finally fill cabaye void. Mitrovic, let’s face it looks shit hot in front of goal. Unlike tried and tested This evenings joggers up front. Crack on though all, just try to stay positive. In McLaren we trust now.

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