Steve McClaren Explains His Loyalty

Some Newcastle fans were annoyed that Steve McClaren didn’t come to Newcastle in January, when he first asked by Lee Charnley  to take over the team, and the reasons he didn’t do that have been explained again by the Newcastle head coach.

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Steve McClaren – timing and loyalty important

Steve has given a wide-ranging interview to Premier League TV, and he explained his situation at the time and why he couldn’t in good conscience leave Derby County.

At that time Derby were pushing hard for promotion and in the previous season they had been dramatically been denied promotion by a 90th minute Bobby Zamora goal at Wembley by a 10 man QPR side.

This is how Steve explained his decision to stay at Derby County:

“The key thing in football is always timing and loyalty.” “I didn’t think the timing was right in January.”

“I’d been there just over a year and still had a job to do. We were expecting to be pushing for promotion.”

“We were, at the time, top of the league, and I just felt that loyalty was very important. Loyalty to a club and to the people in the club who had stood by me.”

And now my loyalty is towards Newcastle United, 100%.”

“The breakthrough for me was working at Manchester United.” “Just seeing at the top level what it takes to win, what it takes to win leagues and trophies.”

“The key advice that Sir Alex gave me was just to be yourself. Go out there and manage and develop players, create a winning attitude and create a winning environment and culture.”

Steve has made a point of urging the fans and everybody associated with Newcastle United to get behind the team, and start rowing the boat in the same direction.

We really hope that happens, and it’s only 13 days now to our first league game against the Saints at St. James’ Park on August 9th, and we are hoping for a full house for that game.

And all 3 points.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    3 points are highly unlikely with the current defence.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Unless the club react soon with funds, mcclarens choice of buying a midfielder instead of a dominant experienced centre half is going to look like bad decision making on his part. Come on ashley and charnley get on it.

  • swemag

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    We scored from a corner yesterday, anyone notice? I guess that is that then for this season.

    Tick the box for the corner goals season 2015-16.

    Lets hope we don’t burn our free kick goal in preseason as well.

  • Menelauos

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost: For godsake people if I see anther person quite a centre back pairing of Collo and Mbemba is “solid” and “top 8 quality” I’m gonna go mad.
    How do you expect in the most physical league in the world we can compete with 2 6ft tall defenders. We come up against a tall striker and it’s over. We need a strong tall ball winner who will throw his head at the ball.

  • cyprus

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    You have to feel for this Austin dude. I mean, just married, must buy a decent mansion and do you have any idea how much a Ferrari service costs? I say give him that 79,999.

  • GeordieGadie

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see us beating anyone with Willo at the back, you should have seen him running at Saylor to realise the guy is hopeless.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Saints played well against Feyenoord last Thursday.

    They have a Europa League qualifier against Vitesse of Arnham next week.
    They are miles ahead of us in preparation (no fault of the current coaching regime)
    One tough game 🙁

  • cyprus

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    we have that in Williamson.

  • firebug666

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9


    Out of what we have available Coloccini and Mbemba will be our best paring at CB.

    Coloccini may not have the pace or agility he use to have, but he reads the game very well, and is confident on the ball, and can play out of defence.

    What Coloccini lacks Mbemba has in abundance, he has speed to burn, and is agile enough to make his height irreverent, winning most of his challenges, he is strong and brave can pass the ball and dribble, and he can score goals.

    I think that pairing is enough to get us to January.

  • Slank

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Menelauos @ 4

    Tall strikers (and by definition you mean someone who can head the ball) rely on service almost exclusively from the wings whether that is a winger or fullback.

    The team’s first priority is to retain possession and by implication prevent wingers and fullbacks getting the ball and into positions where they can deliver crosses.

    As has been observed in the pre-season games the team is now far better at keeping possession.

    The other area is corners which is a melee and a lottery.

  • Graeme

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    I am quite happy to accept that the claim for top 8 and chasing domestic cups was/is the target. I dont think that is a reasonable target for this season at all.

    Our starting point was from a club, dead on its feet, fighting to stay in the division – that it took the best performance in 3 months to achieve that, says it all.

    The defence is woeful, not fit for purpose, so it simply had to be the first point of improvement, yet the 1st player in was a striker and the 2nd a mid-fielder, where we have no real shortage. Obviously they either couldn’t get their deals done or had not prioritised defence as it should have done. Simply adding 1 CB, no matter how good he is, will not resolve the problems in that area of the squad. The incumbents – Collo, Willo, Saylor are simply out of their depth, to be polite – and should be replaced as a matter of urgency. We NEED another CB before our season kicks off.

    Our fixture list is a serious challenge for a decent squad, when it was released, I could see us having only 4-6 points from the first 8 – 10 games, which, following on from last season, would be an unmitigated disaster. If the club really want the fans on board, a poor start is the last thing they need and should do everything in their power to avoid it.

    Have the club done everything in its power to hit the ground running, with a functioning defence? Not in my opinion!!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    So Pre Season so far regarding goals.

    Scored 8
    Conceded 9

    If that’s the squad we are going to use with no extra signings then we are either going to win games 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, or even 5-4 or lose 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4.

    Get your high blood pressure tablets ready folks, it’s going to be a very long season.

  • WLtoon

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    the standard we will come up against in the prem is on a different planet compared to the teams in the friendlies,and although w edont take the friendlies serious im ery concerned that we have conceded too many sloppy goals against poor opposition.
    We can just hope that somehow our defence can step it up against Southampton and the rest.

  • James RS

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    First McClaren says there will be several signings including one special signing and now he says there maybe wont be anymore signings at all…whats that all about?. Loyalty?
    So we lose Ryan Taylor; Guttierez and Sammy Ameobi who were all playing in the latter part of the season and albeit have been replaced by Mitrovic; Wijnaldum and Mjemba. …BUT if we get the same number of injuries again we will be struggling big time…we still need 2 or 3 good players to make up the squad numbers just in case…its where Ashley keeps making his mistake year after year too small a squad to cope with injuries its not necessarily the quality!

  • thevirus

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Agree with menelaous about people quoting this cb pairing as good or even starters for the season, Colo is past it ,and Mbemba isn’t even our player yet, anything can happen as of yet this is Newcastle United remember

  • thevirus

    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Desperately need at least one new central defender before the season starts or I think we are going to struggle big time defensively, right winger wouldn’t go a miss either. colo, Taylor and Williamson trade them in and use the proceeds towards one of the above mentioned

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #17

    we definitely needed a dominant midfielder as per Wijnaldum and I’m hoping Mwemba is dominant at centre back, which if you compare him with Willo what we’ve being used to he should look world class! Add to that Mitrovic and we have a good squad.

    I don’t wanna sound like Percy bur if Aarons and de Jong are kept fit (big if like) they will give us something extra, plus Ayoze will be even better this year.

    I’ve been the biggest critic but this is as good as it gets atm provided we don’t let Sissoko leave we have options ant the possession game should make defending a different style.

    I’m sure they will add to it later but will need to clear some deadwood anyway.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    OMG Ed you should change the name of this blog to Neggars united blog.

    I would love at least 2 more signings but you must get the right ones and our pursuit of the 3 we have got was impressive.

    We don’t want any more square pegs like Cabella and Rivierre. You could see from their first game that they would struggle. It’s something that should have been spotted by Pardew that they weren’t top class. That is where a proper coach will say yes or no if he’s in the loop.

    Anyway Ashley called it and he’s started to back it up but it ain’t gonna happen overnight; we’ve waited a long time and we’re on the move upwards at last.

    The most positive aspect is the coaching team we now have; compare it with Percy, Carver and Stone it’s almost unbelievable that a club like ours had those goons in charge !


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