Steve McClaren joined Newcastle United in early June, the day after both John Carver and Steve Stone has been sacked, and Steve and his coaching team ever since then have been like a breath of fresh air for Geordie fans.
And couple that with our acquisition of Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and hopefully Chancel Mbemba today, and things are starting to look up.
Steve McClaren – on the training field
Steve has given a very good interview with Premier League TV today, and this is some of what he had to say:
“The thing for me that I always see, the vision, is that last game against West Ham. I watched the game at a friend’s house, massive screen, the noise blasting out.”
¨And I thought, ‘now there’s a football club that is sticking together.’ Its players are playing for the club. Fantastic attitudes, great football, won the game and therefore staved off relegation.”
“That’s what we need, to grasp that, bottle that and to build on it.”
“I’ve won a couple of trophies before and I want to win more” “The objectives of what Mike Ashley, the owner, wants to achieve is the top eight and to win a trophy,”
“It’s a huge pressure sometimes, the expectation is way beyond what you can achieve. But that’s also one of the key things why I’m here.”
“This club is unique. It’s like a religion. The faithful fans turn up every week, expecting, expecting.”
“When you win something it is the highlight. In football there’s a lot of ups and downs, and more downs than ups.”
“But believe you me, the ups, when you achieve them and when you experience them, not just as a club but as a crowd, as a town and as a community, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
“When you do that it just blossoms the whole club. We need to put a smile on the fans’ faces and make them proud, whenever we play, of turning up and watching this team play.”
“It’s a club I’ve always envied. I’ve been in the area for 15 years. I know everything about Newcastle. It was a long process to get here but it’s a pleasure to finally be their new head coach.”
Steve has hired a very good coaching staff in Paul Simpson, Ian Cathro, Steve Black, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Andy Woodman, who remains the goalkeeping coach.
We are not getting carried away, and it’s still all to do next season, but there seem to be some definite signs that Newcastle want to build a top team again, and at last seem willing to spend some big money in the transfer market this summer to strengthen the squad.
There’s at least hope for Newcastle fans this season, and there wasn’t too much of that in the last five months of last season – it was a living nightmare.
But hey, on the positive side of things – here’s hoping for a very good season coming up.