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Newcastle Fans Are Feeling Excited Again

8:26 am, Saturday, August 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Steven Taylor has come right back into the reckoning at Newcastle under new coach Steve McClaren, who called Steven up to the England squad back in 2007 when Steve was the England manager and gave the Whitley Bay lad his only England B cap that same year.

Steven has suffered a lot of injuries in the last five and half years at Newcastle playing only 85 times for Newcastle since January of 2010 – our promotion season.

steven taylot in action at sheffield

Steven Taylor on action at Sheffield in pre-season

One of the challenges for Steve and the coaching and medical teams is to keep our players fit for a change, and Steven is one who could probably play a lot of games for us if he can only keep fit.

Steven as usual is upbeat and has commented on the fans being happy enough with three new signings so far this summer:

“It is good to see them smiling and cheering, feeling excited again. The lads had great support in pre-season.”

“When we went over to the fans in pre-season it wasn’t just a quick clap it was really good.”

“Getting minutes in the bank is all the lads care about.” “We’ve had Sheffield United, York and the game against Gladbach to finish off.”

There has been a wave of optimism at Newcastle caused by the club bringing in three very good players so far this summer in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, after a very slow start.

Mbemba’s deal was completed yesterday when his visa came through, and he’s available to play this afternoon.

There’s 31 days left in this transfer window,  and if we can bring in another three good players and keep some of the experienced players still at the club – we should have a decent squad for next season – certainly a whole lot better than we had last season.

But the priority has to be to get in a top class center-back – as soon as possible.

Steve McClaren and his team have had a lot to do with the upbeat feeling at the club, but after today’s game the hard stuff starts and we have to do well in the Premier League and have a go at both the cups this season.

Hopefully we will be in the top half of the table, and that will need everybody associated with the club pulling together in the same direction, which is what Steve McClaren has asked for ever since he came in the door at Newcastle.

That’s what happens at successful clubs.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Scouting Network · Steven Taylor · Transfer News and Rumours

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    While I was underwhelmed by McClaren’s appointment, I think he has one advantage over more interesting coaches (eg Garde) and that is his ability to negotiate the shark-infested waters of the NUFC hierarchy. He is a friend of Carr’s, has more stature than Pardew/Carver (not difficult) and has good contacts in Europe.
    Whether he will be able to do anything with our current team remains to be seen.

  • 2 croftus5678 // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    we would be a lot more excited with another cb 😉

  • 3 Palmer // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    I’m not overly excited yet one more decent center half and i will be

  • 4 lochinvar // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Away game at Bournmouth now a lunchtime kick off to suit BT and squeaky Owen.
    BT are useless at Customer Service and this rather confirms my view.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Jonny Evans and Andre Carrillo please.

  • 6 toon kk // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Many Newcastle fans maybe feeling excited again, but when the season gets up and running and with our p poor defence a team lacking pace and creativity they’ll be soon be back to reality..

  • 7 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:39 AM


    Bring in Van Dijk from Celtic and Lennon from Spurs, Austin from QPR……..32 million

    Sell Sissoko, Obertan, Vuckic Williamson and Cisse………..30 million

  • 8 expatmag // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:40 AM


    Evans is no better than Taylor ability wise and even more injury prone. Leave well alone

  • 9 Slank // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Ron Knee @ 1

    Graham Souness, on Sky during the broadcast of the West Ham, made some very interesting comments made with quite some feeling and bitterness about how some people and institutions in the Newcastle area are out to damage the manager (whoever he is) and the club.

    I would imagine that McClaren living locally (Yarm is close enough) and having his ears close to the football grapevine and knowing Carr would be well aware of this whereas any foreign manager would be walking into a minefield.

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    In the last 10 yrs ever since RIP Sir Bobby left many teams have by passed us but we have stayed a big team in Europe. Spurs Stoke Everton Southampton and now Swansea have passed us but the pedigree we have for tge past years still stays and we will attrack better players after the top 7 Everton inclusive.

    A big thank u for making our pedigree for the last years.
    Kevin Keagan Sir Bobby Alan Shearer John Hall Shepherd Ginola Asprilla Gary Speed Ferdinard Shay Given Peter Beardsley Phillip Albert SuperMac Bobby Moncur Chalton. Thank u fot making us a big CLUB.

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Is my cup half full or half empty? Are we now ready to make our own luck? Have we a squad that will challenge in the league whilst simultaneously competing in cup competitions? Has the club got a style of playing that can win matches? Does the CEO have the confidence of supporters?

    I am far from excited.

  • 12 toon kk // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    We should be bringing in new players and definitely hanging on to Sissoko, we need him. There’s so much dead wood needs clearing out first.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Yes, I see McClaren as a pretty shrewd operator in the office politics side of things, but as a manager/HC I’m not so sure.

  • 14 toon kk // Aug 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    We’re only a couple of injuries away from the squad that almost got us relegated.
    The board should know better, don’t think injuries won’t affect the best players because they will at some point.

  • 15 OneAlanShearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I’m not excited.

    I am just as concerned as last summer. We never do business near the end of the window so the closer it gets the less likely we are to do it apart from outgoings.

    The players I feel confident in with zero concerns are:


    All the rest have had injuries or form issues.

    We need 3 new players. How the he’ll can’t they see how fragile the first xi is and shallow the depth of quality is.

    Austin should have been signed weeks ago.
    Another centre back.
    A right winger.
    A defensive midfielder who can sit and act as a playmaker.
    Cover at right back.
    A better left back.
    An experienced goal keeper to replace elliot.

  • 16 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Excited? No. Sign another 4 players of the standard we have bought, then I’d be looking forward to seeing what they can do under this better coaching setup.

  • 17 nufcDom // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Excited… Haha! Start strengthening the defence and and we wont be as worried more like

  • 18 OneAlanShearer // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    More than anything the lack of signings show Ashley is not serious about trying for the champions league.

    Look at the teams trying for many have crocks for centre backs. How many don’t have a decent right winger. How many don’t have 2 good keepers. How many don’t have 3 experienced strikers. We are more likely to struggle than succeed at this point.

    Sign the 3 first choice players we need and support players

  • 19 Lindisfarne // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:16 AM


    I have no confidence in our long serving CDs but it appears we may be forced to endure another pocketed season of them. Your remarks about JE are correct and he is far from ideal, if he were good value it would be worthwhile with an appearance at the European Championship as good motivation.

    Laschellesleand Mbemba do not have the experience to make the first team places their own and an existing PL defender would be more suitable. Otherwise we are relying on Good and Satka to step up. IMO Collo will stop playing before January and Willo will hang around until he is put out of his (and ours) misery, leaving us relying on the unreliable Taylor. With Evans they may suceed in filling one of the positions for the season.

    Hopefully possible appearance in the League Cup final would attract the likes of Van Dijk in January.

  • 20 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    I can see the sense in McClaren saying it would take three windows to build the squad he wants. We are not Chelsea or Citeh after all. But it would seem paramount to me that for this season we need to be “relegation proof” at least. Top six is unrealistic but safe mid-table should be achievable. I like the three signings but no PL experience. Still look highly vulnerable in defence to me. Crying out for the big, high quality CB we have needed for years. Who knows how much the arrival of the new coaches will improve the performance of individuals and the team in general. A lot of “ifs” for me with the season a week away and the squad looking worryingly similar to the one we know just isn’t good enough.

  • 21 Moonraker15 // Aug 1, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    We all know that we need to build the squad, but I’m reassured in the knowledge that even the squad we had last season would have been mid table with a half decent coach ie without Carver etc.

    We saw something like what’s needed in the last game v West Ham when the players and the crowd rose to the occasion.

    That’s why I’m totally relaxed about the signings; the most important was a decent striker and midfield general. We shall know more about the defence when Mbemba has played alongside Colo, his pace could actually make a good pairing.

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