Rob Lee has written in his column in the Chronicle today, that’s he’s upbeat on Newcastle for the coming season, following the signing three good players so far for £35M – but Rob – like a lot of fans – think we still need more players brought through the door before September rolls around.
In the past Rob has often been accused of bring too negative and he admits to that, but he’s quietly optimistic we can do well in Steve McClaren’s first season in charge at Newcastle.
Rob Lee – a fit looking Rob Lee
This is some of what he has written in his Chronicle column:
“I’m quietly optimistic about Newcastle United, right now.” Yes, you read that right!” I’ve been accused in the past of being all doom and gloom about my old club, although you have to admit there hasn’t been a lot to get excited about for a few years.”
“But as the new Premier League season approaches, I’m more upbeat about Newcastle’s chances than I have been in a long while.” I’m not getting carried away.” There’s still a bit to do and a long way to go.”
“However, the signs so far this summer look good.”
“Steve McClaren might not have been every fan’s first choice but United needed a coach and there aren’t many about better than him.” He had a career blip with England, and then towards the end of last season with Derby County.”
“But in between time, he took himself off abroad, tested himself and rebuilt his reputation.” He’s proven himself a fine coach, and he’s someone I’ve always admired.” You can guarantee Newcastle will be more organised now.”
“Whether McClaren can get them playing more attractively, with more emphasis on attack, only time will tell.”
Steve McClaren mentioned last night on BBC radio that Mike Ashley has taken more of a background role at the club, and certainly we seem to be doing well this summer in attracting good talent to the club.
If Mike Ashley’s role now is to allocate the money for every transfer window, as he said during his Sky Sports interview in May, and he gives Newcastle a major portion of the profits to spend on new players, we could do well in future years.
It also looks like Newcastle are also prepared to spend in January, given how we do in the first half of the season.