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.
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.