Steve McClaren To Keep Newcastle Squad Intact

Steve McClaren is giving his press conference at the moment, and he has given out some information on the transfer window which ends on Tuesday night at 6:00pm.

Steve has said he doesn’t expect to lose any players by then (that he wants to keep).

If we can keep players like Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Papiss Cisse and Gabby Obertan at Newcastle, then these players can still do a job for Newcastle this season, and the first three have ample experience in the Premier League and have been starters for Newcastle.

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Steve McClaren – giving his press conference today

We notice Mike Williamson seems to be getting heavy criticism from some supporters,  but remember the season before last he was the Player of the Season at Newcastle, and he can still do a job when required this season, as he showed on Tuesday night.

Also given the fact he cost us just £1M from Portsmouth five years ago last January, and he has played 169 times for the first team – Mike’s been a great buy for the Magpies.

The one thing we were a little worried about this summer was that Newcastle would let some top players leave before the window closes,  but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.

So we will keep players like Cisse, Sissoko and Janmaat, who other clubs could have come in for this summer.

As far as the transfer window goes, this is what the 54 year-old had to say:

“We’ve not got anything up our sleeve and we have no intention of losing anyone.”

This is some of what Steve McClaren has said in his press conference today for tomorrow’s early kick-off game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park:

“To beat any of the top four teams you need to defend well, be compact and heroic,” “We need to repeat that and be better on the ball especially at home where we need to keep the ball better than we did last week.”

“With a sell-out crowd behind us we can hopefully make it very difficult for Arsenal.”

Other than a top defender, we don’t really need to bring anybody new in by next Tuesday, but we do need to keep some of our experienced players – especially when we will be trying to win both the League Cup and FA Cup and need a bigger squad to do that.

Steve McClaren was asked specifically about Wolves striker Benik Afobe, who we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks, and he said we have no interest in him.

That’s fine,  given that we have no intention of losing Papiss Cisse before the transfer window closes.

McClaren also said he will leave it until the last moment to decide whether Moussa Sissoko will be part of the squad – we had hoped the Frenchman could come straight back into the side.

We’ll just have to wait and see about Moussa – but Steve’s starting eleven will be very interesting tomorrow, and we are also hoping that Florian Thauvin can start the game on the left wing.

The 22 year-old looked a very good player on Tuesday night.

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5 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    hey , you can do it

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2


    SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    JIB, you really do have a strange perspective. How the hell am i plastic because i have an opinion on who should or should not play in midfield?
    With regard to getting behind your players, i’m a big fan of Haidara where loads of others slate him, i certainly don’t call those that slate him plastic!
    Similarly i have said that willo and Mbemba would be our best CB pairing, again getting behind a player that others slate. Again i don’t have a go at those that do, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Feel free to go and dig back through my posts to have a look, i know you like to do that.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Starting to look forward to going to games this season. Long may it continue. Macca has introduced some positive ways into the club. I like that – it shows he is interested. Pardewdrop seemed To just accepted everything and got on with it without demur.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope the plan is to buy a centre back and DM with full backs to improve the first xi and competition for places in the next window because that will give us a chance of keeping our better players. We need to keep the momentum to be competitive. Looking forward to seeing how we do versus arsenal. I’d take a draw right now.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Iantoon, just going back to your little management notes from earlier, you didnt really explain which bits you thought were being implemented:

    Ferguson to McClaren to Ian Cathro. The core concepts that sold the job to Macca and now Cathro.
    Macca spoke of a root and branch approach.

    1) Start with the foundation. Bring in young players and build a youth system that will sustain the club for many years. Avoid signing veterans for short term gain success.
    2) Don’t be afraid to make unpopular decisions with team rebuilding in mind
    but make decisions based on what the team will look like in a few years time.
    3) Set high standards with rules and without exception hold everyone to them.
    4) Never ever cede control. Get rid of players if they are creating discord, even if they are seen as an outstanding ( by fans). Don’t worry about whether players or fans will like you or your proposed course of action.
    5) Match the message to the moment. When to criticise players and encourage players publicly and privately will depend on the context of a situation.
    6) Prepare to win. If you’re down 1-0 you might as well put on an extra attacking player and lose 2-0 rather than play conservatively and lose 1-0 anyway.
    7) Rely on the power of observation. Delegate managing practices to assistant coaches so you can simply watch and observe each player.
    8) Never stop adapting as you can control change by accepting it.

    1) no real headway on this one, lets hope they actually get the training facilities underway soon, would be good to add some new players into the dev squad
    2) the decision to keep Colo goes against this but the plan to build over 3 windows shows there may be an evolutionary plan in place
    3) TBC, can imagine Mc being decent on this front, still think Colo may have refused to play in preseason, so on the basis of the point he should have been booted, dont have any proof on that front so might not be relevant
    4) this sounds a bit like Pardews ego trips with players who questioned him. Can imagine McClaren being more willing to talk it through and come to an amicable agreement, dont think this point really fits in with what we are doing
    5) no incidents either way really, at least he didnt accuse Janmaat of getting sent off like someone else we know!
    6) took 1.5 games to disprove this point, Mc took Cisse off for Aarons against Swans leaving us with no strikers on the pitch!
    7) the one thing people said about Mc when he joined was how good he was on the training pitch, so this bit doesnt have much relevance to us. He does try to do it on match days, we always start off slow and he ends up coming down to the dugout
    8) TBC


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