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.
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.