Steve McClaren was upbeat at his press conference for the game at Swansea tomorrow, and he paid many compliments to the south Wales club, who have done extremely well over the last few seasons, and are a very well run club by Chairman Huw Jenkins.
Steve McClaren last Sunday
The Newcastle head coach also hinted rather strongly that there will be some transfer business still to complete before September 1st, and he said the club were searching for more signings before the window closes.
This is some what Steve as said today:
“We’re still searching for more signings but I’m happy with what we have at the club.” “Things will still happen in the window.”
“There’s still a long way to go in terms of the squad, but we are getting towards what we want to move forward with.”
“It was good to get that first game against Southampton out of the way – we did OK, played nice football and our attitude was excellent.”
“It’s an away test at Swansea who, over the years, have been one of the clubs who certainly that lower league and Championship clubs have modeled themselves on, or tried to.”
“They are a perfect model for coming up through the leagues and not just consolidating, but going on.” “They had a change of manager and the transition was smooth.”
“I think a lot of credit goes to Huw Jenkins the Chairman. He runs that club so, so well.” “From the outside we look in and it’s a club the size of Swansea that everybody needs to follow.”
“I’m a big admirer of Swansea’s style. Garry Monk has done a fantastic job, coming straight from being a player.”
Swansea are like Southampton and although they are smaller clubs, they are extremely well run and have good teams – probably better than Newcastle have at the moment.
And while there are the big clubs like the Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, other clubs can still compete if they use the (big) money they are making from the Premier League wisely.
Under Steve McClaren we are hoping Newcastle can become a force again in England, and from what we’ve seen so far – with Mike Ashley even looking like he’s willing to spend the money now – that can happen.
But the fans also have to be patient, and there will obviously be some difficult times ahead, and it would be great if the fans stand together with the coach during those times..
But the very fact we have McClaren as coach, and he wants to play good football and wants to bring success back to Tyneside, there’s a good possibility we can soon have a very good side.
Let’s leave it at that at the moment.
Tomorrow’s game is going to be a tough one for us, and we’ll be happy enough with a draw quite honestly.
Howay The Lads!!