Sissoko Responds To McClaren On Newcastle Future

One of the many challenges that faced Steve McClaren when he came on board in June was to keep his best players on Tyneside, and they included Moussa Sissoko.

The 25 year-old was  like a lot of the Newcastle players and had a very poor second half of the season, when a number of them seemed to get frustrated at their poor form and terrible results under interim coach John Carver.

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Moussa Sissoko in action at Portland

Moussa has often talked to the French media about wanting to join a club that plays Champions League football, and it was thought that some top clubs like Liverpool or Manchester City could come in for him this summer.

There have been no bids received for him so far, and Steve McClaren made it very clear about his views on Moussa when he had this to say to BBC Radio Newcastle on Tuesday night:

“We can’t lose Moussa, I know there’s a lot of interest but he’s under contract,” “On my first day he walked into my office, I thought what a specimen of a man.” “He’s a player I admired a lot last season.”

“He’s big and strong and has an absolute presence.”  “He’s got a great manner about him and very professional and low maintenance.”

“He loves it here and just wants to play. I’ve said to Lee Charnley ‘we’ve got to keep this guy’. I know there’s a lot of interest, as with all good players, but he’s under contract.”

“I want him to be the main focus of our team.”

The 28 times capped France international was signed from Toulouse in January of 2013, for a low £2M with him having only six months of his contract left at the French club.

Moussa is hoping for better things under new head coach Steve McClaren, and he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“I know the club want me to stay, and this year they will bring in some players.”

“We have a good team so we can do something good – better than last year, because the last six months of last year was very poor.

“I hope we can have a better season.”

The Newcastle fans hope we have a better season too, because earlier this year was simply unacceptable and an absolute nightmare for the club.

It would be a surprise if Sissoko was not with us come September, but we keep reading news that Liverpool and Manchester City both want to sign him.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but there’s no doubt Moussa is a very important player at Newcastle at the moment.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1


    I must say I love your optimism. Do you think people would still what him gone, if we made a cup final this yr and won the Europa Cup next yr? follow by Champions league?? he would be a legend

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2


    You are correct we were the better team for most of the home match last season against Southampton they scored 2 goals from long balls which Pelle won and no one tracked the runner! Apart from that we were all over them and that was with bloody Carver in charge!!

    That seemed to be the tale of our season last year though we would have a period where we were in control and then give away a cheap goal which would knock the stuffing out of the team

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I find the biggest difference between the dealings we have done and the dealings Sunderland has done are they have sorted out their defense…we haven’t!

    We have done the bar minimum!

  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4


    Good observation, however would you want any of the defenders they have bought at SJP???

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5


    That is my hope too. I know NUFC cant make top 4 but we can fight it out in Europa League and may b though Fair play.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Lens and Kaboul I would take; however they would not be my first choice.

    Coates and Matthews are not Premier League standard. Should come in handy for them next year 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Jamseyd24…I wouldn’t say any of them are bad defenders. They have PL experience and Coates has the potential to be good.

    Kaboul is a great signing for Sunderland I think…personally I would have gone for different players for us, but the problem is we have only signed Mbembe and that is not going to do much difference on its own.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I just have a nagging feeling we will be found out that early on in the season and the frustration will boil up again.

    I think this summer needed to be more of an overhaul of the playing squad than it has been. It’s possible as well that we wanted to shift a couple more to make some room but realistically who on earth is going to come in for Obertan, Gouffran, Marveaux, Willianson with the extortionate prices we demand.

  • Mag52

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9


    Agreed. One defender in, even though he’s a good one, is the bare minimum.
    Most successful teams build from a solid defence.
    Without another CD in this transfer window along with some fullback cover, we will not be going into this season with a solid defence.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Mag52…should any of our defenders break down (and we all know there’s a highly risk) we are in for a long season.

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    i am not sure what the score will be on sunday it depends on the team Mc puts out and which newcastle team team turns up

  • TheToonKing

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12


    how is this even a comparison ?

    Sebastian Coates – he didn’t even make the team at National in Uruguay…he played like 30 games in the last 3 years.

    Younes Kaboul – same thing, when did he last play ? 25 or so games in the last 3 years and he’s like 30 now ?

    Adam Matthews – who ? at least this guy was playing…… at Celtic….

    Jeremain Lens – could be a decent striker, but he never played in any of the big leagues and 20 goals in 3 years ?

    I’d say Sunderland doesn’t even compare to the business we’ve done….not even close.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    The stench of unfair competition now hangs over West Ham – where else would this happen ? But it’s in London so thats ok

    West Ham United will have many of the running costs met by the taxpayer when they move to the £700m Olympic Stadium next year, the BBC has learnt.
    Critics say it means the Premier League club will get their new home virtually rent free.
    West Ham won the bid to occupy the stadium, which was built for the London 2012 Olympics, and are expected to move from their Upton Park ground in August 2016.
    The public authority that owns the stadium, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), has revealed some details of its rental agreement with the club in response to a Freedom of Information request.
    Much of the contract between LLDC and West Ham, which has been seen by the BBC, is redacted.
    But it does show that a large number of “facilities and services” will be paid for by the grantor – ie the taxpayer – and not the club.
    These include the cost of stadium utilities, security, maintaining the pitch, and even the goalposts and corner flags.
    The BBC understands other overheads that could also be paid by the LLDC include the cost of stewarding and policing on match days, which amounts to many hundreds of thousands of pounds for other Premier League clubs.
    Two separate football business experts told the BBC the value of the services amounts to between £1.4m and £2.5m a year.
    West Ham, who received more than £76m in prize money for finishing 12th in the Premier League last season, are understood to be paying approximately £2m to £2.5m a year in rent.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Doesn’t make any difference who Sunderland sign. As soon as they pull on the jersey, they immediately turn to shit. Footballers graveyard. Cattermole aside, who I have a grudging but genuine respect for.

  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I like many other believe SM has pretty much guaranteed Colo his place and thats why he has now came out and said he is staying and also why SM has said he will remain capt. Therefore I cant see use signing another CB this window.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Billy Jones
    Patrick van Aanholt
    Wes Brown
    Adam Matthews
    Younès Kaboul
    John O’Shea (Captain)
    Sebastián Coates
    Valentin Roberge

    I refuse to see that as sorted…still worse than ours in my opinion. I believe Sunderland will go down.

  • TheToonKing

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #17

    DaraghL I completely agree. Van Aanholt is the only one in there I’d consider decent and would take from them, but not sure he’s that much or even at all better then Haidara.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    we will beat Soton 2-1 and Sunderland will be relegated their defence makes ours look like champions league, Coates and Kaboul are prone to mistakes, O’shea and brown are a shadow of the players they were at Man U

  • lochinvar

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Well Mr. Ashley – what are you going t o do about this then ?
    Newcastle United and Sunderland Football Club sponsors named as Premier League’s ‘least effective’ in Aberfield Communications report.

    Wonga and Dafabet, the sponsors of the North East’s top tier football clubs, have been named as the least effective in the Premier League.

    Almost a third of the £200m that will be spent by brands on Premier League shirt sponsorship over the coming season will go to waste because the brands are failing to engage with football fans, a new report claims.
    The Premier League reaches more than 200 global territories and is watched in around 650 million homes worldwide, in addition to the 360,000 who attend Premier League games every week.
    However, a new report from Aberfield Communications argues that brand awareness generated through shirt sponsorship is only effective if supported by a bespoke activation programme geared towards engaging with, and influencing, the club’s fans and the wider football-following public.

    Phil Reed, Aberfield’s managing director, explained: “Football is one of the world’s most brand-saturated markets, and relying on TV coverage to leverage the sponsorship is both passive and unproductive.

    “At an average of around £10m a year in the Premier League, shirt sponsorship is great business for the clubs, but it’s only good for brands if they’re prepared to put some marketing effort behind it, not just rely on TV coverage to reach potential consumers. Otherwise that £10m is largely wasted.

    “Brands need to be able to communicate their values, and consumers need to understand, and have an affinity with, those values. Fans need to know more than the brand’s name. They need to understand how and why the brand fits into their lives.”
    The research by Aberfield, whose sponsorship team has worked with brands in football, motor racing, golf, cricket and other sports, focused on the marketing activities of shirt sponsors in both the Premier League and Football League Championship over the past three seasons.

    The researchers found little or no evidence of audience engagement from almost a third (30%) of Premier League shirt sponsors and nearly half (46%) of Championship sponsors, including such well-known brands as Wonga, American Express, Waitrose and Suzuki.

    They are in contrast to the likes of Veho, Aviva and Marathonbet, who the report names as the most active and engaged sponsors across English football’s top two divisions.

    Chelsea and Liverpool’s shirt sponsors, Samsung and Standard Chartered, are also singled out as being active, and successful, in engaging with their clubs’ fans in the UK and internationally. Championship club Middlesbrough’s sponsor, pawnbroking chain Ramsdens, was also named in the report as a ‘model sponsor’.

    “Samsung’s approach to its sponsorship deal is in marked contrast to that of AIA, for example, which has used its Spurs links for its Far East marketing but has done very little to engage with the club’s fans,” Reed added.

    The report says the Premier League’s top five shirt sponsors since 2012 are:

    · Veho (Southampton)

    · Aviva (Norwich City)

    · Standard Chartered (Liverpool)

    · Chang Beer (Everton)

    · Samsung (Chelsea)

    The five least effective sponsors in the Premier League over the past three years are:

    · Wonga (Newcastle United)

    · Dafabet (Aston Villa – now Sunderland)

    · GWFX (Swansea City)

    · Energy Consulting (AFC Bournemouth)

    · Alpari (West Ham United)


    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Thanks for the comedy of the majority of peoples predictions on where we will finish in the league. Reality check is needed people. We have a gery similar defence to the one that almost got ys rekegated and the same one that has been turned over by the massive clubs that we daced in preseason. This current squad should be fighting to stay in the division. Not bloody 5th ect haha

  • northernracoon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #21

    From last post :

    I was a little encouraged by the game at the weekend agaisnt the german team ( names far too long for this time of morning ) they are a very good side and if it wasnt for the odd bit of bad luck and not getting the rub of the green i think we should of won or drawn that game at least…. the players will of had this weekend in the back of their mind and not going 100 %…. yes if taylor and williamson are our starting 2 cb…then we will leak goals… but… stranger things have happened than winning agaisnt a good footballing team :-)… i do think de jong will create a goal or score one coming on as a sub…he seems to ghost into great positions

    As for sissoko… i think with further coaching he will have a much better season…. 2 -2 sunday for me and i think we will finish the season 9- 12 th

  • Alec

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Martoon, my prediction for you.

    Final League Position: 11th
    Number of Points in League: 54
    League Cup Round: QF
    FA Cup Round: 6th Round
    First Team Signings this season: 5
    First Team leavers this season: 2
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 18

    (Think Aarons will do well this season as well, contributing near to 10 goals and about the same in assists. Also think we might be done for signings in this window unless someone becomes available, but can see us getting a couple in January to replace outgoings.)

  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    I predict a win against Southampton.

    The lads will be up for it, being the first game of the new season, being the first game at home and being the first competitive game under new coaches who will have given them confidence that was lacking under Carver.

    If Gini and Mitrovic play (which they should do) that too will boost the teams confidence.

    Southampton have a game on Thursday and already have their new signing Jordie Clasie out with a hamstring and Shane Long is currently ill.

    A probable team could be:
    Janmaat – Williamson – Saylor – Haidara
    Anita – Colback
    Sissoko – Gini – Aarons

    The surprise could be that Colo starts instead of Williamson. Also Mitrovic starts instead of Cisse but I do expect Mitrovic to make an appearance at some point.

    The midfield may see the introduction of De Jong also at some point.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    can we beat Southampton yup will we not a clue
    to many variables
    new coaching, new style of play

    I am expecting mbemba to line up next to taylor
    think mitrovic will be a sub and we will start with cisse


    what a deal west ham

  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #25

    I love the people saying “We have the same defence as last season, we’re going to struggle again…”

    We have Mbemba and Lascelles. Thats two new players out of a defensive team of 8 players needed (working on the principle that you want double coverage in every position).

    3 out of 8.

    Over a third of the defensive unit required is new.

    If you had a cake, composed of layers of sponge, a cream filling and chocolate topping and I changed the chocolate topping for a strawberry cream cheese frosting would you say its the same cake? No! I’ve changed a third of the cake, making it a different cake.

    We’ve changed a third of the defence, therefore different defence. Now it might be that the new third is just the same as the old third but until we see them play how can you possibly know?

    Have some faith, have some patience. Be realistic in your aspirations but outrageous in your dreams.

    Even if we’re looking like having a good attack and a suspect defence, surely thats the Newcastle way??

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #26

    TheToonKing…it was not so much about whether you or I rated the players, but to showcase that Sunderland pinpointed the problem and went out solving it!

    …we didn’t as always!

  • banjax

    Aug 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #27

    We can only hope that their is more to come into the club before the transfer window closes because we still have players who are not cutting the mustard. It was only last week that we were told that those players not up to standard would be moved on, but we are still waiting. We have an awful lot of average players at the club and we need to get rid – quick or have another shit start to the season.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    I said yesterday thay the defence gets all the blame whilst the midfielders seem completely absolved of blame. During preseason and most of last season it was midfielders that were punishing us because the likes of Anita but mainly colback were caught out chasing the ball rather than plugging the gaps. The defence can only do so much even Terry needs a Matic to put out fires for him leaving JT to deal the striker and crosses.

    Imagine Terry constantly having to pick up midfielders arriving late in the box as well as strikers…..he wouldn’t be able to do it.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    On the game, Southampton are in Vitesse today playing a Europa League game, I think based on this they’ll be fitter than us but we should hopefully take advantage in last 25 mins of the game. Keep it tight break em down when they get tired

  • estechco

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    martoon: Not wishing to feel left out…

    Final League Position: 10th
    Number of Points in League: 50
    League Cup Round: QF
    FA Cup Round: 5th Round
    First Team Signings this season: 4
    First Team leavers this season: 1
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #31

    We’ve signed Toney

    The scum have signed Yann M’villa he’ll protect the back 4 for them alongside Cattermole.

  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Our Toon

    Very good point about Chelsea and the need for there to be good defensive cover from the midfield. It was certainly lacking under Carver.

    Therefore, I wonder whether McClaren will play Colback and Anita together. In recent games I have been very impressed with Anita. Since the West Ham game he has transformed himself and is showing a tenacious side that was previously lacking.

  • Toontastico

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Your so full of BS Ed – those quotes were printed by the Gazette on 22nd July.

    Your clickwhoreishness is getting tiresome

  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Our Toon @ 29

    ‘..I think based on this they’ll be fitter than us..’

    Alternatively they could be more knackered than us, certainly in the last 15 minutes.

    I believe it all depends on who scores first. If we do and get our tails up and start to take possession they will tire quickly.

  • voodoo85

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith 1 min1 minute ago
    Newcastle have completed the signing of forward Ivan Toney from Northampton Town on a five-year contract.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    So the mackems have solved their problem of a slow and ageing defence with the acquisition of Kaboul from Spurs! All they need now is Richard Dunn who’s available on a free. Kaboul since a series of injuries over a lengthy period has lost a lot of pace and mobility.

  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #37

    But what Sissoko didn’t say on 22 July is that he really wants to stay!

    Come on Moussa, pin your colours to the NUFC mast.

  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #38


    Any idea what happened to the other trialist the one from Holland who scored three times in our under 21 matches ?

  • Blofal

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #39
  • Toonfan8

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Ivan Toney has just been confirmed…Now senior player center back, winger and we are done this window…


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