McClaren – Newcastle Fans The Most Important People


It seems a little odd but this afternoon after being in the job almost two months Steve McClaren will manage his first game at St. James’ Park this afternoon when we entertain German side Borussia Monchengladbach in our final pre-season fixture.

Next up will be Southampton a week tomorrow and the Premier League season will start for Newcastle and we hope by then to have at least one more top signing through the door, and hopefully another top center-back.

stve McClaren at york

Steve McClaren and coaching staff

Newcastle have attracted three very good players to the club this summer so far, but we still need more – and in particular another top class center-back who can partner newly acquired Chancel Mbemba in central defense.

Steve McClaren is clear that Newcastle have always been a special club, since he moved to the Middlesbrough area to manage the Teesside club in 2001 after being assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and at the time he was also an assistant coach to the England side.

This is what McClaren has said today about Newcastle:

“Players want to come here still and it was the same for me as a manager.” “I moved to this area 15 years ago and Newcastle is special. Even when I was at Middlesbrough, the games with Newcastle were always special.”

“The stadium was always special, the fans always special. Now to be a part of that, I can’t wait to get that kind of atmosphere back.”

“We have always stressed that the fans are the most important people, we want a good rapport with the fans. Win or lose or draw we need it.”

“Sometimes when you lose badly you still have to show your appreciation. It is good that we have been doing that so far this summer and we have to continue to do that.”

Steve has said the Newcastle fans are the most important people, and he demonstrated that by turning up at the last Fans Forum meeting in July, and essentially running the meeting and telling the fans representatives what he was trying to do at the club.

He also listened to what the fans wanted – and that was very impressive and even unusual for those meetings.

Steve has often talked about having everybody associated with the club pulling in the same direction, and the fans are the most important people in that regard.

We just hope the fans will get right behind the team and the coaching staff, and that we can have a good season like we had back in 2011-2012, when we finished 5th in the league table.

Newcastle badly need a good season after the last three years have been so poor,  and the living nightmare this year when the narcissistic John Carver was head coach for a completely disastrous five months.

Here’s hoping Newcastle can get back into the top eight in the Premier League next season.

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145 comments so far

  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Thick and fast this morning Ed.

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    ‘..Journal : reporting TOON have been in contact with QPR over Charlie Austin again this week..’

    Saying what precisely ?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Slank
    TOON are front runners to sign Charlie Austin and have had further contact with QPR but remain reticent on the asking price and similary have had further contact with Marseille over Thauvin.
    And Abeid is generating interest from Bundesliga section divisio outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf.

    and that’s about it!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh and
    Looking forward to todays game and what the new players are like

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib/Jane/Jim

    Perhaps a sign of optimism that you take a dig at a suggested player but nothing about an appearance in a League Cup final.

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Slank @ 2 – Saying yet again (with great surprise):
    “HOW much do you want for Austin?” followed by
    “What’s the lowest you’ll accept then?”
    Bloody Jane Austen couldn’t have written this one.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    “narcissistic John Carver”

    Ed your too kind

    Personally I would of went with bell end John Carver but hey ho

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nothing new then.

    wynsleap

    Eventually QPR will either take their phones off the hook or exclaim ‘you can ‘ave him’ or ‘bugger off stop bothering us’

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank
    Nowt new – quite news day for the press rumour mill

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  • HUNTANUFC

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Cant wait to watch todays game, would like to see us play 4-1-4-1 / 4-1-2-1-2, i think that Gini and Siem will be an awesome pairing, although im not looking forward to watching what debacle will unfold at the back, but on the plus side we get to see at least a small amount of Mbemba.

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  • Derek

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    “Here’s hoping Newcastle can get back into the top eight in the Premier League next season.”

    We all hope we can sign another CB. We all hope Ashley has changed his ways. We all hope Newcastle can win the Premier League this season. The FA Cup. The league cup. Qualify for the Champions League and win it next season. We hope politicians don’t lie to us. We hope for world peace.

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  • alkinou

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    BBC Gossip column :
    “Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has decided to stay with his number 45 shirt at new club Newcastle because “four plus five is nine”. (Chronicle) ”

    Everybody knows the real source here is Ed

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Mvila to the mackems? I think we should be swooping in on that if true

    Shift out someone from our overloaded CMs and bring him in

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    I wonder what Austin thinks of all the press speculation.

    It mustn’t be very comfortable for him knowing that no club has rushed in with an acceptable offer and the prospect of playing in the fizzy pop league draws ever nearer.

    I’m surprised he or/and his agent haven’t made a big song and dance about the evaluation of £15M that QPR have put on his head which has put off all prospective buyers.

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  • GS

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed: Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool and drowned, I think Carver’s reflection would have turned him to stone.

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Mehdi Abeid’s move is big news in Algeria

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  • nut meg

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    slank
    Austin was reported to have asked Sir Les to reduce the asking price a few weeks ago. Didn’t seem to do much good.

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Nut Meg

    Could he ask for a transfer ?

    How would that effect things ?

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Slank

    It may be possible that he has a release clause of £15 mil, would explain why the club is sticking to it and he’s seemed a little indignant on twitter regarding links. Especially if part of that fee goes to him…

    Alternatively perhaps he doesn’t want to cast himself in a bad light

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Never mind, nut meg has corrected me lol

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  • Reyantoon

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    As far as i know,Evans agreed to join Everton for £8m.They are waiting stones move to chelsea before bringing him officially.
    If Austin comes,which i expect will happen next week,Cisse will move to that Turkish club.
    Looking at our defence,i think coloccini is well experienced to lead the back 4,with good ball playing techniques,despite half poor season last time out.If he goes to palace,he should be replaced by equally experienced big center back,like Bruno-Martins Indi or Mamadu sakko!
    Otherwise,It’s better keep Coloccini for one more season!!

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  • nut meg

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #22

    slank
    Not sure what happens now if you ask for a move.Probably lose a percentage of the transfer fee but there’s so much involved with transfers now & so many people involved in it.I’m sure somebody on here who is much more savvy then me can put you in the picture.

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Jonas could be playing in Greece

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Does anyone else think that Colo is refusing to play? Some of SM’s comments seem to insinuate that he is fit but Isn’t playing even though he wants him to.

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    We will sign Austin 1700 hrs Tuesday September 1st for £10 million

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  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Possibly Sutty, some thing fishys going on

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  • jane

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m not one for crusades usually because they are often fuelled by a follow the crowd mentality eg Pardew out, Ashley out, Carver out (actually I agreed with that one once it was done) so I am a bit suspicious of the ‘we need another centre back’ bandwagon which is being over-emphasised.

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Magpies24/7 part 4 is out – good watch

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Reyantoon @ 21

    That seems a reasonable analysis.

    I think McClaren will keep Colo.

    Whilst many fans on this blog keep quoting various centre backs they would like to see I don’t see McClaren risking getting another African unless he is very confident that during ACON 2017 Saylor, Lascelles or Good (as Williamson had left) could cope in the heart of our defence.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    QPR will need to do sonething shortly because if he refuses to sign a new contract, they need to sell him this window as they will get little or no fee in January.

    Because they need to raise as much money as possible to pay off various debts and imposed fines, the likes of Austin and Phillips will have to be sold soon. They will also need to replace them adequately and cheaply if they want to come straight back up.

    This will go down to the wire and I can see the likes of us, WHU, Southampton and possibly Sunderland playing the waiting game.

    We need a winger too. Why not put in a bid of 15million plus Vukic for them both.

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  • Offkey

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    I’m not one for crusades usually because they are often fuelled by a follow the crowd mentality eg Pardew out, Ashley out, Carver out (actually I agreed with that one once it was done) so I am a bit suspicious of the ‘we need another centre back’ bandwagon which is being over-emphasised……..because I really rate Willo, Good and Satka. Saylor will play 30+ games like he does every season and Collo……..well he has always just been class……seriously

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib

    Does it have Mitrovic in it?

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Reyantoon

    Gave you watched Sakho playing for Liverpool at all? They paid 15 million quid for him and he is a total liability.

    Talk sense, man

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Evans’ errors would be much more exposed with us than at manu where he has world beaters left right and centre. we need better than him even if he is better than Willo, saylor and colo. Then again how hard is that….!

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  • Slank

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #35

    nut meg @ 22

    I guess for Austin it may eventually boil down to either money or club.

    Contracts can always be skewed towards compensating him for a loss of a signing on fee. It sounded like the Mitrovic contract was very inventive.

    Where there is a will there is a way.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Sutty

    Could be the same situation with Tiote.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Sutty
    My guess is that he’s away as soon as we bring in another CB.at lest that’s what I’m hoping. He’s wanted at Palace according to reports so if a deal is in place neither party would want to put that at risk or he maybe he is injured.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    There is an air of optimism at the club and I hope it continues with a few more additions.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #39

    any links or streams today

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  • Jib

    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Liverpool it’s from the Sacramento game right up to Mbembas medical.
    Mitro and his family Ma , Pa , and yes that guy was his brother , all looking round SJP.

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