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Simpson – Next Season It’s Going To Be Magnificent

10:04 pm, Sunday, July 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

It’s been another good day for Newcastle fans with the seemingly long wait for Aleksandar Mitrovic almost over, as the smiling 20 year-old jetted into the Newcastle and was met by Newcastle officials this afternoon – and he will now have a medical, sign along the dotted line and be announced as a Newcastle hopefully tomorrow – and as soon as possible tomorrow.

And it looks like hos team-mate Chancel Mbemba, the Anderlecht center-back will not be too far behind him.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – a Newcastle player tomorrow?

We watched the game again this afternoon and Newcastle played quite well with the two goalkeepers – Krul and Woodman playing very well.

19 year-old Rolando Aarons also showed  the form he was in  last summer in pre-season in his 20 minute appearance.

The coaching staff are trying to be a lot more open with the fans – and that’s a very good thing and maybe there can be more open sessions with fans attending the training and more open sessions with the press too.

Assistant coach Paul Simpson has given a long interview to the Chronicle today and has covered a number of good points, so here it is in it’s entirety to get the word out to the fans.

He was asked how the new season would be – just to get him going – and he came out with this:

“It’s going to be magnificent.¨ “It’s quite funny really because you read the comments people are making.” “It was quite negative up until about a week to 10 days ago.”

“But there seems to be a little bit of a shift in it.”  “We want to be very open about it.” “We don’t have any secrets and we want to be open about the way we do things.” “The opportunities like having the fans come to watch us like in the US.”

“And we had an open Press day back at the training ground before we came out.” “It’s important because we need everybody with us. We’ve got one magnificent football club and there should not be any animosity between us all.”

“We should all be getting on together and if we do that I can assure you if we do win some games it’s much better to win them together than alone.” “It’s a great challenge for us and a fantastic opportunity.”

“We had 20 great months at Derby County together.” “Now this is another level.” “This is stepping it up again, we are going from one big football club to a huge football club.” “We are delighted to get the opportunity and for me it’s a great challenge.”

“When you are doing coaching badges these are the opportunities you are working towards.” “So to get this chance is great.” “We are going to work extremely hard to take the opportunity.”

“Again the preparations are becoming a bit clearer again with Southampton drawing Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League.” “We know where they are going to be on that Thursday night and start planning towards looking at that game as well.”

“Everything is starting to take shape but it is geared towards that first game,  and we want to get off to a good start in front of our own fans.” “We want to get off to a positive start.”  “We know nothing will be achieved on August 9.”

“But we are also fully aware that we need to hit the ground running and keep building and building.”

“If we are fortunate enough to bring in new additions over the next few weeks then we will get them bedded in as well and hope that come that Southampton game we are all ready to hit the ground and start properly.”

Our first Premier League game against Southampton is three weeks today – so it’s not very long.

The coaching staff are certainly showing an openness to work and communicate more closely with the fans.

If Newcastle can get five new players through the door this summer and we can all start pulling in the same direction, there’s really no reason why we cannot have a very good season to make it for the shocker last term.

That’s what we’re hoping for – to turn things around completely from the terrible second half of last season.

What do you  think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 AmericanMagpie // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Is Mbemba is a bit short for a CB?

  • 3 BandB // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM



    Even if he spends £60m net, the new era starts when he doesn’t gerrymander with our league position in January and send out his manager to explain how eight first teamers got mysteriously injured on the eve of our Third Round FA Cup tie.

  • 4 Tsunki // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM


  • 5 WWSBRD // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Exactly but until that is proven I am very much still in favour of him f***ing right off back to his shops, pardon my censored French

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I was counting the Forest lads. Two new faces this season.

  • 7 firebug666 // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM


    Mbemba is only 5’11” but according to what Iv’e read about him he has agility which more than makes up for his height.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    You think Munster is right I think he is very wrong and you likewise regarding Pardew, I, like you was very supportive of him until he signed that eight year deal, I ignored the shit football and the Stevenage defeat, then then the mackem losses, TP, the guy was a cnut and still is.

  • 9 BandB // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM


    Are you married?
    Do you have a partner?
    If so they would tell you that a dress hanging up in the wardrobe, unworn, for a year is NOT new.

  • 10 cyprus // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Amazing developments this year. Still, we are always two games away from a crisis. The team will be solid though.

  • 11 swemag // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Ok, it can all backfire like a big Michael Owen signing. But at least there is some hope for better things.
    Looking forward to the season.
    When do they release tickets for the Southampton game?

  • 12 Altamullan // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    A great midfielder, a very good striker, and a wise beyond his years defender (ahem…). Three quality signings (fingers crossed). With another centre back and another striker mooted, plus the possibility of more cover (probably reliant on some sell by date outgoings) I think we look strong. Also, like the patter (or absence of, to be more accurate) coming out of the leadership team. Can’t help thinking, it is going to be a good season.

  • 13 OneAlanShearer // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Colo is barely 6ft. Saylor is 6ft1in. Mbemba is 5ft11.5in. Hardly anything between them. If he was 5ft9 I would be concerned but he’s not.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    All the coaches are making the right noises -so far. From what Simpson says it would appear they are trying to stop the bunker mentality from SJP that has existed over the last few years. No more us and them.
    His comments about building and building -suggests to me continual signings of better players.
    So far -so good – but only time will tell if Wally and his staff have convinced Mr Tubbs of a better way to run a football club.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Mbemba has some after burners judging by the reports about him and his YouTube clips back that up, he looks rapid

    Could be the perfect partner for Colo

  • 16 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    I’m actully not sold on mbemba. Wijnaldum & Mitrovic look like the kind of players who can not only influence but change a game. But from what I’ve seen of mbemba (in truth & fairness, is not alot) he doesn’t seem the same influence or game changer.

  • 17 banjax // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    It seems things are starting to move at last (one in so far) on the transfer front. But let’s get real here with clubs like Southampton, West Ham and Stoke spending decent money on decent players to strengthen, it puts in context how far behind in the quality stakes we are. With the lack of investment in previous years now catching up big time, Newcastle need to be spending at least £80m+ to match the quality levels of the top eight. If spending was’nt a good enough reason, then maybe the thought of even more TV money up for grabs next season in the Premier league should be reason enough to spend money now. The kick off for the new season is around 3 weeks away and time is running out. We need the new players in to get them assessed for fitness, diet plans and integrating into the squad and the time that is left is cutting it fine to do all this and make a good start.

  • 18 cyprus // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    It seems that we’ll have depth for a change. I don’t want them to establish 11 players because injuries loss of form disrupt that. We need twenty roadworthy players…

  • 19 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:37 PM


    Sergio Ramos
    Fabricio Coloccini
    Carles Puyol
    John Terry
    Laurent Koscielny
    Marcel Desailly
    Nicolas Otamendi

    All centre backs who either are or have been great
    All within 1/2 an inch one way or other of Chancel Mbemba.

  • 20 Altamullan // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Just watched Mbemba (new Kompany) on YouTube: 97″ is not a lot to ask of highlights from a career to date, but what a 97″! The lad’s got balls, timing, and energy. The next five years will be his best (late twenties); hope we get him.

  • 21 switch365 // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Out of our current 3 senior cb’s, I feel that Saylor is the only one who will buy in to McClaren’s philosophy, mainly because pressing forward out of defence is the way he’s always played.
    Of course the issue is his lack of continuing fitness, it’s not something that can be relied on and is a factor which leads me to believe that neither he, nor Colo nor Willo should be here at the start of the season.

    Shame it’s taken so long for us to actually do something about it, but imo, getting a new pairing at the back will close a huge gap on those we have aspirations to catch.

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    So far it’s one expensive signing, possibly two. It’s nowhere near enough. It doesn’t take much wind for blog optimism to soar. If Wijnaldum suffers like De Jong, we’re no better off. Sorry, but I can’t help keeping it real. Next thing Cisse will be out the door.

  • 23 Terry // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Don’t want to rain on the parade but I think our inability to get these signings in earlier will see players running round like headless chickens at the start of the season.just not enough quality opposition pre season and these players are in for a hell of a change in pace

  • 24 swemag // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    It is hard to know who the donut is.

  • 25 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Not convinced with I can’t Re-Mbemba my birthday.

    He’s rather short for a CB and his stats aren’t all that great.

  • 26 AndyMac // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    “Jail for Ashley // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ashley Out!”

    Dont ever give up those beliefs if they are truly what you believe.

    Fatman still has a way to go before convincing me that he has the best interests of this club at heart !

  • 27 Munster Mag // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Jail, all entitled to our opinions etc but I dont think you will find one journalist that will have Pardew down as the flop you do. Also, not one will lay all the blame at his door and every single one will say that he was compromised from day one. I think those points of view are valid. The more stupid people on this site have me down as a Pardew lover but you know I’m not. far from it.

  • 28 Munster Mag // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Rotunda, i am in complete agreement with you re the coaching set up, really pleased. I also think that we can start saying that the club is showing more ambition if we get these two new guys in.

  • 29 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Im just buzzing at how radged Mitrovic seems to be, haven’t had a proper nut case in the squad for years now.

  • 30 Sazzer // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Plenty of players have shown that being short doesn’t necessarily make you bad a CB though.

  • 31 Jib // Jul 19, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Blackley and B

    The fact that we have a new coaching team is so much more important than new signings . Nice to have a good window but a change in playing philosophy was crucial.


    Do think Ashley gives a FF about whether people like you (not a fan ) are convinced or not.

  • 32 doofa the loofa // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    You keep bolting that horse on Mike.. theres only one Mike Ashley..

  • 33 WLtoon // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Things are looking uo at last for us long suffering toonites
    I just hope that Mits is worth all the wait and fuss,he looks great on YouTube.
    With Mbemba looking as tho he,s coming too,along with Wijnaldum, we have 3 quality acquisitions.
    One more solid CB and a decent CF and i will be more than happy,and for once i get a feeling,after whats happened the last few days, we might just get what we need.

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    May b Pardew and Carver were good coaches and the players were jst pretty bad. We really lack activity in e final third.

    Rivere and Cabella jst want e window to end as they r beating time to stay.

    Old habits die hard. 3 weeks into e season and we r already heading e injury table.

  • 35 Online Guy // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:04 PM


    You still there Hinny…?

  • 36 Munster Mag // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Will die for Toon army ….er no, they were poor coaches. Charva is particular is terrible – certainly as a manager of foreign guys i cant imagine worse.

  • 37 will die for the toon army // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:08 PM


    Those players r all quality signings now e ball is in Mcclaren’s hands if we add any more signings and he gets rid of the deadwood players above 30. Or he keeps them for one more season improves them. But am for bring in Austin and Abdennour and get rid of all the deadwood of Pardew regime.

  • 38 Online Guy // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:08 PM


    you have De Jong sussed ..hope he picks up ..good player but was going through the motions this morning against Sacremento

  • 39 Altamullan // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Me too! Ketsbaia+Asprilla+Whitehurst = Mitrovic!

  • 40 nightfa11 // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    i wish we’d also start selling players (our wage bill must be huge)..we have too many players (in numbers, not quality)

    wili, rivi, goufrann, ferguson, elliot, obertan, tiote, cisse, marveaux (+ others – colo if we get another cb, sissoko if we get a winger, etc ) can all go.. together tehy cost the club over 20(?) mio per yet, but contribute 0,,

  • 41 thegaffer // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    The Mitrogoal transfer is great.. but am feeling too hesitant about Mbemba.. it’s not regarding his height.. 5’11 is enough.. but he is no better than Jamaal Lacelles.. a young guy with a lot of potential.. he is raw, his positional sense has to get better looking at the matches in Belgium.. plus he is from Africa, which means every now and then he will be away on AFCON duty.. it’s all fun that our club is signing good players for a change, but Mbemba ain’t the guy to plug our defense holes and gaps straight away. Plus, Abdennour is from Tunisia, signing 2 AFCON defenders can be tricky and I don’t think NUFC will be very much eager to sign him if Mbemba joins.

  • 42 Altamullan // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Just watched documentary with Chancel Mbemba visiting leper colony. Don’t understand a word, but still touching. Looks like he’s got decent values as well as being able to play a bit! Come to the club Chancel, we need a bit more of both to do our history credit, and represent our name!

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Munster Mag

    Mcclaren has also done nothing to make them look better I can see they pass e ball well bt nothing in the final third. They r so poor. Guoufran, Obettan, Cisse, Ssissoko, Those guys have been so poor.

  • 44 Online Guy // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Feel a tad sorry for little Fergy ,,he looks lacking in confidence . If Stevie Mac sees anything in him he will help bring it out. same with Bigi.

  • 45 Graeme // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    And captain Colo is crocked again, wont play in the last match of the tour. What a waste of an airfare!!!
    Hopefully, this will focus penfolds mind on the fact we have needed CB’s for more than THREE years.
    Hopefully Mbemba can cope with leading the line when playing next to a panicking hoofmerchant.

  • 46 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 19, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    A lot more signings are needed to even reach the amount that we’ve let go, and that’s if no more are sold, not to mention the three transfer windows of signing nobody. Even three signings is pathetic, but who knows how many we will acquire.

    The new signing(s) are good, but so were M’Biwa, Santon, Cabaye, Hatem, Sissoko etc when we signed them. They had a lot of promise and were highly regarded. These just follow a similar quality. That’s fine, but a lot more are needed.

    The improvement in coaching set up is better, and that is good, I’m interested to see some development, but when you’re dealing the dinosaurs we’ve just had who were polluting the football we watched, a 12 year could select players in their correct positions better. Any hope we have now is because our expectations have been lowered so low previously.

    Unless we sign a number of players at a similar level, then I’m not enthusiastic at all.

    I hope McClaren does well, but the Ashley parasite remains.

    Ashley out.

  • 47 remember69 // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Ashley IN!!!!!

  • 48 ronjohno // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    One of the best centre halfs I have ever seen was Fabio Cannevero of Italy – voted one of the best defenders of all time – only 5ft 10″.

  • 49 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    John Terry must be 6’1, maybe a bit taller even. I thought Desailly was over 6′ as well. Anyway, the point is that if you have a small centre back (however good he is) you need a tall one beside him. So as it stands it’s Willo or Taylor. Good luck with that.

  • 50 WLtoon // Jul 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    @37 WDFTT

    I would love to see the players you mention here but im not getting carried away.
    We do need another CB to go with Mbemba, but Abdennour will be too expensive i reckon, hope the regime prove me wrong though.

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