Steve McClaren put the Coloccini business behind Newcastle this morning and Colo will remain captain for this season and he got a one year extension on his contract even though he had a very poor second half of last season.
But as we’ve said most of that was due to the inexperienced and narcissistic John Carver who made the final 19 games all about whether he would get the head coach position permanently – he made it all about himself.
Carver infuriated the fans with some of his nonsensical comments in his press conferences and we sure they angered some of the players too.
Steve McClaren – we mean business
Newcastle now have a very good man-manager in charge in Steve McClaren, but as a head coach the results are really the only thing that really matters, and we get off to another season on Sunday against Southampton.
This is what Steve has said today in his press conference for the first game, and he talks about the transfers and what he sees ahead in the coming season:
“I’m happy with the signings I’ve got. We’re always looking. I think a lot of clubs now will settle down and look at it after their first one, two, three games before the window closes.”
“They might think ‘We’ve got gaps there, we need a bit more quality there’ and I think that’s what we’ll be doing.” “We’ve been patient, we’ll make sure the players we bring in are the right players and we’ll be doing that again.”
“If we need any more I’m sure we’ll be knocking on the door, if we don’t we’ll be happy with what we’ve got.”
“We mean business, irrespective of what happens on Sunday – we’ve stated that from day one. It’s a long season and that starts Sunday.”
“I’ve still got decisions to make regarding Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.” “Ronald Koeman has done a great job at Southampton.”
“They were the surprise package of the Premier League last year.” “I’ll be nervous on Sunday – if you don’t have those nerves and expectancy then it’s time to pack it in.”
In fact the Saints have done very well in the last two seasons and while they were 7th last season, they were 8th and two places above Newcastle in the 2013-2014 season with 56 points.
Newcastle fans seem surprisingly positive about the potential result this Sunday with the majority of fans thinking we can start the season off with a home win.
That would be a fantastic result for us.
If we can do that we would have 75% of the points we got over the last 11 games of last season – that’s one way of looking at it.
Another is it would be 75% of the points we got in our first seven games last season.