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McClaren’s Surprising Opinion Of Newcastle’s Squad

10:50 pm, Saturday, July 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

We always thought that out squad was an awful lot better than they showed under John Carver in the second half of the season when we collected only 13 points from 19 league games and lost in the 3rd round of The FA Cup.

There was a terrible streak of 10 games in which we got just one point, and that was  before the final game of the season against West Ham – which we thankfully won.

Most of that complete collapse was caused largely by John Carver’s poor coaching, lack of leadership and poor man management, and he seemed to upset the players, and they played nowhere hear what they can play like.

steve mcclaren with alesando schoenmaker

Alessandro Schoenmaker with Steve McClaren

He certainly upset the fans with some of his foolish and immature statement in front of the TV cameras.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but we do expect players like Krul, Coloccini, Sissoko and Williamson to play a lot better under the more experienced, down to earth and realistic Steve McClaren.

Newcastle have just signed an excellent box to box midfielder in Georginio Wijnaldum for £14.5M, so things are looking up but we still need four more players brought in this summer.

Steve McClaren has talked to the press and he seems happy enough the way things are going and pleasantly surprised by the standard of players already at Newcastle.

“The remit here is very, very clear,” “But it’s much better to be sitting down with the players saying we’ve got to win something and get in that top eight than saying: ‘We’ve got to stay in this league’.”

“I’ve always wanted to work at this club. Driving in to work here for the first time was amazing – it’s a huge club and the stadium is fantastic.” “Living in the area I’ve followed what’s going on at Newcastle,”

“Getting Wijnaldum is a real statement for the club,” “It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted. He’s at the right age and he’s the right fit.”

“Newcastle’s in good shape,” “Most places you come in and you’ve got a lot of work to do but, internally, this is better than I thought it might be.”

“We’ve got a good squad, some good young players. Sometimes you come in and you’ve got four or five 30-year-olds you’ve got to get out but not here.”

“If you’ve seen the plans here and what’s ahead – what the squad will be like in a year and three windows on – it’s a good situation.”

Steve McClaren and his coaches are instilling a new discipline with the players, and that’s good because it seemed almost non-existent under John Carver.

Steve has even forbidden players to swear – but it’s more about always being in control of themselves on the training field and during games.

It will be interesting to see how Steve has Newcastle playing during the pre-season – and he’s been helped in that by bringing in one really terrific player.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Interview · Newcastle News · Premier League




10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dai // Jul 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Strong words

  • 2 optimistic prime // Jul 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Toonbrother mustn’t have seen the Colo to palace link yet.

  • 3 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 11, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Onwards and upward…..

    Lets have some good positive news at the club….its been a long time coming…

  • 4 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jul 11, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    We really do need a new CB and a new ST and a few more extra players to call this window a great success….

    so far so good just hope Ashley does not go penny pincher on us…

  • 5 why oh why // Jul 11, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    This will be because he actually has a clue
    And players want to play for him .
    They weren’t arsed about carver really

  • 6 Looney_toon_89 // Jul 11, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    If Newcastle manage to get a fee for Colo I will be shocked. If Newcastle can get Colo & Taylor off the wage bill & bring in a CB & LB I would be over the moon (keep Willo for one season we can only bring in so many CBs in one season, & if pushed i’d probably keep Willo over Taylor given that although Willo doesn’t play well, he does play, unlike Taylor).
    If they could then sell/ get rid of Obertan & Guffran and bring in two wide players I would probably kak my pants, especially if it also gets Cabella off the wage bill in part exchange for Thauvin.
    Then if Newcastle were to bring in a quality striker (two if Cisse goes) & get Riviere off the wagebill I would probably be standing in a long line for a season ticket wearing a wonga top.
    If only Newcastle do manage to get those 5/6 in, while letting some of the above go, I think Newcastle would be in with a massive chance of a cup / top 8 finish.

  • 7 Charlietoon // Jul 11, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Cabella has some class but needed some time to settle. Gouff and Oertan have had plenty of time to settle and need to be moved on

  • 8 funkness // Jul 12, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    I’m surprised so many of you want us to sign 2 strikers, as we are probably only gonna play one at a time. If we get say Mitrovic, we would have Cisse, Perez and Riviere behind him in the packing order. Signing both Mitrovic and Austin doesn’t make much sense to me, as we are very unlikely to be seeing much of the classic 4-4-2 this coming season ..

    Thauvin wouldn’t be my weapon of choice. I’m rather surprised that no one seems to mention George Paul N’Tep. I haven’t seen a single article linking him to any club this summer, which is odd given that he had a wonderful season at Rennes and even made his debut for France. He has all the tools to make it in the Prem – he is lightning quick, can beat a man, is equally good with both feet, can cross & shoot. He would be ideal for that wide left spot and I’d much rather we spent on a player of his ilk than buying another striker just for competition ..

  • 9 bobby mango // Jul 12, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    I’m still pretty disappointed with the situation but some hope it’ll be sorted.

    Wijnaldum is a great player but where does he fit in!? Anyone have a theory on the formation next season? As it seems Wijnaldum, SDJ and cabella are all vying for the same spot. Not to forget Perez and Riverie who both operate best in a withdrawn striker role.

    Agree with previous comments – cb and striker are must haves and not just squad players.
    Then we need genuine wide attackers, not just AM pushed wide.
    Finally the cherry on the cake would be a better LB and cover at RB.

    If we bought a CB and LB we could let Willo and Taylor or Colo go. Aswe have Lascelles, plus Dummet can pay both positions.

  • 10 magpiesi // Jul 12, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I think smc will build a squad so he can pick and choose his formations from game to game but he tends to use a 451 version be it one dcm or two dcm.

    He also likes a target man upfront so if a tall powerful striker comes in he will get the nod to start.if he is to use de Jong and wijnaldum in same team he will need a tiote or colback sitting just behind. We still need a wide left player unless he is going to use riverie, Perez or even Marvaux with Arrons used now and then. The right is Cabella,obertan,sissoko so the stand out positions are two cb one to make the numbers and as colo and williamsons contracts are up at end of season we don’t want to be playing next year with untried cb. Then a cf who is good in the air and can score from set piece.




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