In Steve McClaren’s press conference he talked about a lot of things yesterday and at one point he talked about the five new players Newcastle have brough in and he took the chance of saying that when Mike Ashley said he would invest big time in the club this summer, there was a lot of skepticism among supporters.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle have delivered on their promises
But four top senior players later and over £50M spent in what is the most ever spent in any transfer window by Newcastle, and certainly the most by owner Mike Ashley.
Steve McClaren was clear that he though the club have delivered 100% on those words from Mike Ashley.
This is what Steve actually said yesterday:
“I think people doubted after Mike Ashley’s words, doubted at the beginning of pre-season, especially when I first came in.”
“There were a lot of doubts and comments that a lot of it was all talk, but I think the club have delivered. They’ve absolutely delivered 100%, and we are delighted with the quality that we’ve got.”
“We are going forward and that’s what we want to do, and it might be a while before we actually see that, but we’ve certainly got the players now, and the squad is improving.”
“New players were important because after last season we needed that little bit of injection of belief and newness, and the new players have brought us that.”
“So without a doubt I’m absolutely delighted and I’m sure the supporters and everybody following Newcastle know that the club have delivered on their words.”
There are obviously some fans who simply dislike Mike Ashley, and they will never admit he can do anything good for Newcastle.
But it may also – hopefully – be that the owner has seen the error of his ways, and will now invest the (big) profits into Newcastle.
We hope that a large proportion of those profits will be given to the Board who can then bring in new players and continually improve the squad.
It’s also good that Mike Ashley is now taking a back seat at the club, and letting the new Board handle all the football matters.
We hope that continues and if it does, there’s no reason why we cannot have a very good team in a year or two.