Not Many Clubs Have The Potential Of Newcastle United


Steve McClaren will make his Premier League debut on Sunday for Newcastle when we entertain a good Southampton side at St. James’ Park and hopefully can get the season underway with a win.

On the BBC Radio Newcastle call-in show earlier this week he said there would never be a  job as tough as the England job was, when McClaren went through hell and high water for 16 months, before he was fired after he failed to get England to the finals of Euro 2008.

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Steve McClaren – mot many clubs as big as Newcastle

Steve recovered at FC Twente in Holland where he managed for two seasons and took them to their first and only Dutch Championship – so he has been rebuilding his career since the England calamity.

The job Steve has now is to try to win something at Newcastle United for the first time in what would be 47 years if we happened to win something next year.

This is what Steve has said on the eve of his first competitive match as head coach of Newcastle United:

“This is it – it is Newcastle United,” “You want to come back in the Premier League, and if you want to pick a club, there are not many as big as Newcastle United in terms of potential.”

“Wherever you go, you want to make it work. That’s the difference.” “Before, it was drive and ambition and everything, now it is ‘let’s do the job’. That is what I want to do.

“Wherever I have been since Middlesbrough and England, I have said ‘that’s it – I just want to do the job here, and not have ambitions for anywhere else’, and so I am here.”

“I’m totally different,” “How? I don’t really know, but I’m totally different – purely through all the experiences.”

“I have had lots of highs and lots of peaks and lots of troughs, and I want to make this another peak … to come back and use all the experiences that I have been through.”

“You are coming back into a Premier League pretty much the same as it was before – full of foreign managers and foreign players – and I think my experience working abroad as helped me with those relationships as well.”

Steve’s strengths are in his coaching on the practice field and he also appears to be an excellent man-manager,  who has assembled what looks to be an excellent coaching staff on Tyneside.

We are hoping that Newcastle will be able to do well this season, and that would mean finishing in the top eight in the Premier League,  and having one or even two long cup runs in the FA Cup and League Cup.

And who knows we could even win one of those.

That would be something.

That would really be something.

🙂

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87 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    1st, Belfast, 1st.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki out!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Attack Toon Attack Attack!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Himanshu Dhingra would be proud.

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  • overtheline

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley OOT
    Belfast OOT
    Tsunki OOT
    WUMs OOT

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye it’s the graveyard shift.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Where did he actually disappearer too?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Disappear

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #10

    He went up twitter land I thought

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #11

    He lost his calling when Shola left. Shame really. Mojo gone.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Traitor! It’s a slippery slope when you defect to twitterland.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Another 15 minutes or so it will only be one sleep left.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Nobody seems to mention goalkeeper being a problem. It is for me. I think we’re weak in what is a key position.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Everyone who knows they know live there Belfast. Probably why I never cut the mustard there 🙂

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  • doofa the loofa

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #16

    The grass is too long btw.. 🙁

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Blackley you’re kidding right? You leave it to now to tell us? Great. Anyone got Steves mobile?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye one defeat and a ‘ leaves on the line’ excuse and Stevie will go down Pardew Street. Not long now to see if we’ve just bought the new model Cortina. Same as the old one but with square headlights.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Me neither. I would probably rejoin if they renamed it bullshitter.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #20

    We was tired because the fans made us play in the Europa on long grass with the kids. Hmm. That doesn’t pan well…

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh well speaking of such Belfast, we’re probably scaring the night owls from the colonies away again. Time to retire I think. Dream happy thoughts.

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #22

    An uncomfortable bowel movement for Ashley!

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  • Liverpool Mag

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Did I do it right, guys?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Liverpool it’s a work in progress but a creditable attempt.

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  • scout

    Aug 8, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Whoever says Ashley out i can’t understand your mentality? What would you like complete team change?
    If we sign 3 like that every time we are Champions league material in 2 years

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 8, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Ashey ………………….OOT …er no…………
    Mr Tubbs ………………………………..OOT

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  • terencelim

    Aug 8, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #27

    @scout, too soon to judge. You never learn.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 8, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s not just 3 good players, its also a whole new coaching team, added to a similar close season last year. Assuming this is now our approach after years of relative austerity, we have every reason to feel optimistic that we are going to compete on all fronts and play more watchable stuff.

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  • Spellcheck

    Aug 8, 2015 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki, Himamshu Dhingra, well remembered. Where did the ‘Dynamite on the old 1st comment’ disappear to? So hopeful, optimistic also about this season, bring it on. Where’s Beattie?????

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 8, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #30

    That decision to sell Santon was rubbish though. Why sell a player of that calibre because of a falling out with a proxy first team coach as poor as John Carver proved to be. Makes you think if Caver hadn’t been so bereft, he WOULD have been given the job, in which case there would have been far less cause for optimism. Slow burn toward a limp fizzle. I’m positive, but I suspect all this is not entirely a result of design, but as much a result of circumstance and fan power. Still got to keep the bastards honest.

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 8, 2015 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Mane & Pelle both scored against Vitesse.
    Only benefit for us is they played their full strength team.

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 8, 2015 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #32

    jimmy,

    Santon was on high wages. And by high for us I mean excess of 50k.

    I think the board saw that Dummet & Haidara were capable of playing in that position & both their wages combined did not equate to Santons.

    But you’re right. They only look at numbers. Santon was captain of the Italy Under-21s. Never should have been let go & had potential.

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 8, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Anyone know the details of Colo’s new contract? Is he still on 80k or has it been reduced/increased?

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 8, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #34

    If we lose this will not be a good weekend with England regaining the Ashes & all.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 8, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #35

    With the players available, I think a very good line up would be 3421

    Krul

    Lascelles, Mbembe, Dummett

    Janmaat, Sissoko, Tiote, Aarons

    De Jong, Wijnaldum

    Mitrovic

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 8, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #36

    expatmag

    You replace Lascelles with Colo and thats a very good team an set up.
    …………………………Krul
    …………Mbemba….Colo…..Dummett
    …………………………Tiote
    Jannmatt….Sissoko……Wijnaldum……..Aarons
    …………………………De Jong
    …………………………Mitrovic

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  • nut meg

    Aug 8, 2015 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #37

    EXPAT
    I’m sure someone mentioned a week or two ago that SM doesn’t like to play 3 at the back. Dummett & Tiote are still recovering from injury. SM is concerned about Mbemba and Mitrovic fitness to start the game.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #38

    PL’s biggest spenders, and this is our biggest spend window in the history of the club.

    Of course, the question is how far behind have we been left? How many top 6 players do we now have on our books? How can we cope with injuries?

    The answers to these questions have not been given yet, we’ll soon find out.

    Still, we now make our luck, Ashley said. If he means it, we’ll soon be watching CL football, with NUFC involved.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Harry Rednapp said we hve a good squad but jst want to under achieve. Our squad is very good on paper now the rest falls on Mcclaren and his staff.

    All the signings are better than wat we had last season.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #40

    God i hope Palace have a shit season, cant stand reading about Pardew in the press.

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