Steve McClaren reminds us just a little bit of Sir Bobby Robson, in that he’s very congenial and likable and knows a lot about football and how to handle people, and can talk endlessly about the game and players and is always interesting.
Steve was on a call-in in yesterday on BBC Radio Newcastle Total Sports, and talked about a wide range of subjects.
All Newcastle fans should have a listen to what Steve had to say – the playback is here.
Rolando Aarons in action against Borussia Monchengladbach
One of the fans who called in brought up 19 year-old Rolando Aarons, and asked shouldn’t we be trying to sign him to a long term deal.
Steve McClaren replied by saying he had seen Rolando play early last season (before he got injured) for the England U20 side and raved about him.
He called Alan Pardew the next day trying to try to get him on loan to Derby County.
This is what Steve said:
“I remember watching Rolando playing for England U-20s.” “I rang up the next day and said: “Alan you’ve got to let this kid come to Derby he’d be fantastic”.
“He has such pace and excitement.” “It gets you up off your seat and you want players like that.” “He is a bit erratic and inconsistent but he’s very young.”
“We don’t want to block Rolando’s progress or pathway to the first team where eventually he will be.” “We are introducing him slowly.”
“We played him at left-back in one of the pre-season games and he was absolutely terrific.” “That will improve his defensive work.
“We don’t want to block his progress because he’s going to be an exciting player.”
With Rolando again playing very well in pre-season and having scored those great goals at Portland, there are big clubs already making noises about him.
Steve McClaren is an excellent coach to bring Rolando through to the first team at the right pace, but it would be great if we can sign him up to a long term deal as quickly as possible.
We’re sure that’s exactly what Newcastle are trying to do.
It would be a big boost of we can do that.
What do you think?