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McClaren Hints At More Signings Before September 1st

8:24 am, Sunday, August 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren seems to think we are not exactly where we need to be this summer,  and hints that more players will need to be brought in, but the coach says that Coloccini agreeing to stay was a big decision for the club.

We have to think that’s because Newcastle think they don’t need another center-back brought in,  but will only keep one of Steve Taylor or Mike Williamson for the season.

steve mcclaren press confernce

Steve McClaren at his news conference on Thursday

It’s likely that Williamson will be the one likely to be sold before the end of the transfer window.

Newcastle will face their first test today against Southampton and we’ll get some idea how the lads perform against one of the top eight clubs in the Premier League.

This is what McClaren has said:

“We are maybe not exactly where we want to be.” “We know that, the club know that and we are still looking but we have to get the right ones and not just bring people in for the sake of it.”

“A big decision is Colo signing because that was always a worry to us but over the next three games before the end of the window, we will probably assess it.”

“Ivan Toney is one for the development squad.” “He trained with the U21s for two or three days and they recommended him so we have signed him.”

“We will assess him. He trained with the first team yesterday – we will do that with the younger players if they are good enough to assess them and to give them a pathway – and we will make a decision.”

Most fans think we need a defender, midfield player and striker brought in over the next three weeks – and Newcastle still seem willing to spend the money to strengthen the squad.

What happened in the second half of last season makes that not too surprising – 13 points in our last 19 league games and a third round FA Cup loss at Leicester were simply unacceptable for a club of Newcastle’s stature.

Three good players brought in before September 1st should ensure we have a good squad for the season.

And lets hope we can start the season off with a win.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rozehnal // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Should win today. 3-1

  • 2 hibbit // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    how are people reading this game such an easy walk in the park this is no easy game

  • 3 Belfast // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    0-1 Probably a defensive error.

  • 4 TudorCrisps // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM


  • 5 Tsunki // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 6 Tsunki // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    That’s it! No more sleeps!

    1-1 probs.

  • 7 Tsunki // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Attack Toon Attack Attack!

    Come on Dennis we need you now 🙂

  • 8 Ron Knee // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    I hope we can get a point (at least) out of this game because the next three matches are going to be very tough.

  • 9 northernracoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    2-2 i think

  • 10 Tsunki // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Damn I just noticed I missed the Austin article. Never mind, the number 43 will be along in a few minutes.

  • 11 catchy in norway // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    2-0 to us today

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Would you honestly have Pardew and his shite football back. He had more 4+ hidings than the last ten managers combined, how many times did we win by more than two goals and his derby record says everything about him. Things might have been different if he had been backed after he finished fifth but he seemed happy enough to take an eight year deal and peddle lies instead.

  • 13 TudorCrisps // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Do you think if Austin did sign he would take the number 54 shirt because 5 plus 4 is nine!

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    He said he would wear 621 because that makes 9. He’s a former sudoko champion.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    He could wear the number 8+1.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Or if he wants to look very cool.


  • 17 Ian Toon // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Belfast – Yes I do remember those that said they would improve our defence. Also the individual who felt buying defenders plus a DM had the mackems defence sorted.
    Really looking forward to a season of promise at the toon. Macca will get the best out of the likes of Moussa . He’s done what all good coaches do sing his praises – by talking about Him scoring more goals and being a big threat in the final third. He said he plans to use him in attacking areas and give him freedom to express himself rather than demand the disciplined role that he has been asked to play. I remember his early games for us when he terrorised defenders with his pace and aggression.
    Colback can do the defensive DM slot and Moussa in an uninhibited free role be the counterbalance. We should not judge Macca or the toon on today’s performance solely. I was reminded last night that when Keegan brought us up that we lost 1-0 to Spurs in the opening game at SJP ( Sheringham) only to draw away 1-1 at ManU in the next game. The rest is history and a 3 rd place finish. That said I am going for a 3-2 win.

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Guys and Edd lets make a deal. No Pardew Austin and Carroll stories and discussions.

  • 19 TudorCrisps // Aug 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Haha good one

  • 20 lesh // Aug 9, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    McClaren’s said that Ivan Toney is one for the development squad?

    In principal, fine but it’s clear that we’ve not been very successful in managing the younger players’ development so that there’s a seamless transition between the development and first team squads.

    That’s an area that must be given attention if Ashley’s keen to buy and develop young players for the future.

  • 21 Spotlight Kid // Aug 9, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    3^2 (for the purist)

  • 22 rozehnal // Aug 9, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Siem De Jong will be the difference

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