McClaren – There Was No Persuasion – Ashley Kept His Promises

There was a piece during Stave McClaren’s press conference today and one report mentioned that Steve has been more successful than any other Newcastle manager in terms of getting Mike Ashley to open up the check book to buy some good players.

Steve McClaren said the plan was to spend big before he came in and that’s what’s happened.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley making those promises on Sky Sports
Owner has followed through on those promises this summer

This is how Steve McClaren answered that question:

“There was no persuasion – this was the plan that was set even before I came in – it was stated before the West Ham game – and he’s actually gone through on all the promises.”

“You can’t fault Mike Ashley on what he’s done for this football club – in terms of when he came in where they were when he came in, and where they are at the present moment in terms of finance.”

“Finances are  the most important part of the football club and then using those finances wisely and well, and that’s what we intend to do.”

We have to say we’ve been surprised at the amount of money Newcastle have spent to date – a net of just under £50M – and also surprised at the class of players we have brought in.

As one example we never thought we had a chance of getting Mitrovic in – but we did and it turned out he was delighted to come.

Steve said he wanted skill and he’s got that – and he also reiterated that the plan was made in June for the next three transfer window.

So there will be some business transacted in January and then next summer – and again Newcastle want to add  class to the squad.

McClaren said today that by next year at this time we should have a much better squad.

Steve said he didn’t want to bring in too many players this summer, because it would have been difficult to assimilate them all at once.

He has also kept a lot of the players who were already at the club,  when it was expected Newcastle would have a huge clear out this summer.

That did not happen, and we think part of that is because the players are much better than they looked under John Carver – who was simply woeful as a head coach.

Newcastle have brought in  four first teamers, and they all look like starters for the team – better than players we already had – and they look to be  class signings.

That cannot be bad.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Goofy

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Anybody have a link for the whole Northampton game?

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Ian toon – see previous, sick of bloody reposting because of new articles!

  • BandB

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #3

    If points were awarded on the basis of how chuffed managers have been with Mike’s wheeler-dealing, then Newcastle United must have just had eight fantastic years.
    Oh why oh why oh why can’t points be awarded for upbeat press conferences instead of asking us to go beat other bloody teams at football as well?
    It just seems so unfair.

  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #4

    What a good idea !
    McClaren’s only been here 11 weeks but let’s talk about the previous 8 years .
    That’s not unfair

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #5

    BandB…It is unsporting!

    I’m just waiting for a journalist to ask Steve “On a scale of 1-10, just how good is Asley as owner of NUFC”. I’d wager the answer would be 11.


    “Finances are the most important part of the football club”

    Hmm…”the” – so just at ours or is this most football clubs?? Can’t get away from finances being important, but “the most important”, for a “football” club?

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib…In fairness, it was Steve that mentioned it first….

  • BandB

    Aug 28, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7


    Are you still annoyed and disappointed Ashley actually signed some players as I asked, rather than giving Macca the chance to get the best out of last season’s squad, as you counselled?

  • the broons

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t wait for the game tomorrow man even though I think we’ll get beat. Most positive I have been in ages.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we’ll win 3-1

  • beermonkey

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10


    u need to share ur drugs 3 1 lol

  • the broons

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Take a Chancel
    That would be perfect, the only problem is tomorrow is the last game before the dreaded international break…. zzzzzzz

  • cyprus

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Only one recipe can bring success tomorrow. Attack toon attack attack

  • cyprus

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Still my prediction: 0-3 🙁

    We’ll be cagey in the first 30 and pay the price. 0-2 by then. Some good football after that. Third goal a sucker punch.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #14


    They have no Metersacker or Kocelney so it’ll be a make do central defence and we can break through that and Mitro has form scoring against Arsenal

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I think we’ll probably get beat! but for the first time in years I think we actually have a chance of getting at least a draw and we now have some players that could win it for us!

    Happy happy happy at the moment and very optimistic for the future !

  • the broons

    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #16


    Sounds all too familiar to be fair…

  • cyprus

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Of course I am hoping we’ll attack from the start 🙂
    Shock em

  • Tsunki

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #18

    2-1 to arsenal. Hope we get a draw.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #19

    jib you been hitting the san miguel not like you to get so stroppy ??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m praying for fog tomorrow so I can get to see the match :O

  • beautifulmind

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Arsenal are missing there best centre half pairing and debuchy will be tortured on his return. I think weve got a great chance tomorrow so as long as we are at it from the off. Keep them under pressure and capitilise on their mistakes! Haway the lads!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope we don’t play a counter attacking game while surrendering all the possession, I remember the last guy getting slaughtered for that !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Jaanmat. Haidara

    Mbemba. Collo

    Thauvin. Anita. Tiote. Aarons


  • nufc_eire

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #24


    If no sissoko, then tiote. Liverpool played like this against arsenal and completely outplayed them for 60+ mins

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Nufc eire,
    Can Thauvin play on either side ?

  • switch365

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #26

    This season, someone is going to get a right good tonking off us, proper stuffed to the degree of 7 or 8 – 0.

    I’d love it to be the gooners tomorrow, just to stick 2 massive fingers up at those southern hacks who are predicting a continuation of Arsenal wins.

    Come-on !!!

  • JackButler

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #27

    As long as this window is the way we are going to forward long term then the vast majority will be more than happy, arguing over who we should sign is a far cry from worrying over who we are gonna sell

  • beautifulmind

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    janmat Colo Mbemba Haidara

    Wijnaldum Anita
    Thauvin Dejong Perez


    Aarons not ready, thauvin over sissoko on current form Dejong pulling the strings witplay either side through Thauvin and perez. Seemples

  • CypriotDelight

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Tryin to sign in and Bang Good watches r all up in my grill lol

    Luv the ‘we will win 3 nil’, ‘they will win 3 nil’ predictions. Can’t see it myself though. I think we will do well but lose to one goal…..I hope I am wrong but think arsenal will nick it. Good thing is no one knows – fingers crossed HWTL

  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #30


  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31
  • ZIPPIE57

    Aug 28, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #32

    no Jack Colback Behave


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