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Steve McClaren’s Rallying Cry – We Mean Business This Season

6:35 pm, Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

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.

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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.

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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.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Poll · Pre-season · Premier League · Press Conference · Transfer News and Rumours

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Tsunki out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Belfast Out! And Ashley! But Belfast first!

  • 3 Belfast // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:39 PM


  • 4 Tsunki // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Steve if you’re wondering if we need a sticky plaster over our defence, I think I know the answer..

  • 5 Tsunki // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    * claps slowly *

  • 6 Belfast // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Remember Indian Magpie used to be over the moon with that ? Haha

    I wonder what he’s up to these days?

  • 7 toon kk // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Everything our Stevie is coming out with sound like Pardew, he knows exactly what we need but goes with the MA regime, in other words we’ve spent enough and we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got.

  • 8 Belfast // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    The next article is a Charlie Austin article. I can feel it

  • 9 OneAlanShearer // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    I think we are holding out for a low bid or bids to be accepted…just a feeling. Waiting for strapped teams to cave in. Time on our side in the management’s eyes.

  • 10 the broons // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:47 PM


    were due one

  • 11 Jib // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    I feel a Cabaye one coming on

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Any more news on Austin.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Have we signed cabaye yet.

  • 14 marshy // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    he can mean as much business as he likes but with our central defense he can forget it.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Colo signing is great news, get obertan, Williamson and gouffran signed up and its champions league here we come.

  • 16 Jib // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:53 PM


    Ha ha ha

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I don’t think Kane will leave just after one good season.

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Second thoughts ashley get your money out.

  • 19 catchy in norway // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Ed ,only 2,5 month ago, you didnt rate SM, now your saying we got a good manager

    make your mind up

  • 20 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Southampton already a goal up.

  • 21 SUTTY1978 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Can’t wait to watch our defensive football under McLoven. Playing 4231 in preseason has shown that in that formation we don’t score and we don’t create anything for the solo striker. I’ll be very surprised if we score against Southampton unless they already have a comfortable lead. Just all stinks of Pardew, negative.

  • 22 Mr Funk // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    How about £4 million plus Williamson for Lewis Dunk?

  • 23 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Mcclaren said he wanted players with good character, that’s will be why colo got a contract extention. I’m surprised he hasn’t gone back in for guti

  • 24 Mr Funk // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I think McClaren is trying to get good quality players – ones that have played in the Champions league for teams from smaller leagues.

    But trying to get those to come to NUFC will not be easy. I would imagine it would be a case of biding your time – i guess we will have to wait and see

  • 25 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    although Soton have been good going forward they have been lax at the back, that’s something we could exploit

  • 26 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Shane ?@FNN_Official · 4 mins4 minutes ago
    Soloman Rondon is currently in England as we speak and close to a move to an unmade club according to Venezuelan press. #nufc #avfc

  • 27 Mr Funk // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    @ Take a chancel

    How likely do you think Rondon will be coming to NUFC?

  • 28 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Mr Funk dunno tbh 50/50

    Astra have equalised against the Scammers

  • 29 Mr Funk // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    The saints game has gone abit stale – not too much happening

  • 30 Jamseyd24 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Take a Chancel

    Who the hell is Salomon Rondon. forgive me I dont follow other leagues???

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Ha ha the fcukin irony !

  • 32 Keith in France // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Our first game hasn’t even begun and already this blog reads like last season.
    I like Sutty1978’s last word ‘ negative’ sums him up and all his fellow negative bloggers .
    Time to ditch this blog me thinks bye bye .

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