The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

McClaren Hints He Has £150M To Spend At Newcastle

9:15 am, Saturday, August 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Steve McClaren again opened up during his press conference yesterday for today’s game with Arsenal, and said that he didn’t expect to sell any players before Tuesday night, and that Newcastle didn’t need to sell anybody.

So we suppose the wage bill we have at the moment is manageable, and not selling any good players will ensure we have some strength in depth this season, which we didn’t have last season, once all the injuries kicked in.

steve mcclaren

Steve McClaren – at press conference yesterday

Steve has admitted that he thought it would have been nice to spend all the money in one transfer window,  rather than over the three transfer windows he will use to build up the squad.

Although he did say at one point yesterday that it would have been hard to assimilate a lot of players (10?), at once into the squad this summer.

This is what Steve has said about what he thought when he joined Newcastle in early June:

“I remember the first week I was here and the conversations we had and looking at the squad and the next three windows and thinking, ‘can we not have all of that now?’”

“It’s been impossible to do that. But I am excited about this because it’s not just about now, but about the next two windows as well.”

“By this time next season the squad should look totally different.” “Did I want to spend £150M in this window? Absolutely.”

“But we have spent wisely, on quality, if not quantity.” “It’s a good start.”

“Only time will tell, but credit to the club – they said they were going to do something and they’ve done it.

“You can never say never, but we are not planning anything before Tuesday night, we haven’t got anything up our sleeve.”

“We are happy with what we have got and hopefully, we’ll see the window through nice and quietly,”

“There’s a great determination from the club, to reiterate from two weeks ago, that we don’t need to sell, we don’t have to sell, we don’t want to sell.” 

“We don’t want to lose any of our best players.”

You have to think that if Steve says he would have liked to have spent it all together, and then he talks about spending £150M that was the amount the club mentioned was the money available to spend over the next three transfer windows – the next year.

But it will be hard to spend much of that in January, with clubs not wanting to sell good players half way through the season.

But if Charlie Austin is still available in January and Emmanuel Riviere is still not showing through, we wouldn’t be surprised if the QPR man is one of the transfer targets in January, or even next summer if he is a free agent by then.

And Riviere could be sold.

But the first order of business now is for Newcastle to do well in the league and the cups this season, so we can attract some (very) good players to the club next summer.

It seems there is some big money to spend – we hope there is some big money to spend.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Just put 3 bets on with William Hill

    Nufc to win 3-1 and Mitro to score first 200/1
    Nufc to win 3-1 and Gini to score first 250/1
    Nufc to win 3-1 and Thauvin to score first 250/1

  • 2 Shot Bru // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Would you trust McLaren with $150 million?

    and if a good bid came in for Sissoko before the window closed, I would be more than happy to see him go….as long as there is a replacement either at the back or midfield.

  • 3 Magpie Season // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Take a Chancel,

    How much is your stake for each?

    Arsenal do you have Mertesacker & Koscielny both ruled out I think.

  • 4 Magpie Season // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    One thing I’m pleased about is our bench this season. Stronger than Spurs I have to say.

  • 5 Lost Plot // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Hey Chancel .. Those odds for real .. Happy daze all around 🙂

  • 6 Mr Funk // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Mr Funk // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    I think we should sign Terence Kongolo – he can play LB and CB, 6’2”, described as pacey and would be relatively cheap.

    If we sold Williamson – i would definitely go for him as he could cover 2 positions.

    @ Jesper – which CB would you go for?

  • 7 will die for the toon army // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    I think there is a plan to make us a Top team but we are going to sell players along the way. All we need is to resist some amd sell some not all of them like Southampton.

    Southampton was destined to being a top side with very good players. They wld have sold some and kept some. and added some owners money to cover for wages.

    Finished Top 7 in 2 seasons in a row. Wld have increased wages and got them to Champions league spots.

  • 8 Jib // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Shot Bru
    I would trust McClaren with £150 million more than I would Brendan Rodgers or van Gaal on their track records and certainly more than the Dutch Dick at the village of the damned

  • 9 colwell // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Just can’t see us getting anything today, Arsenal are much more of a threat then Utd. Everyone saying Mitro will cause them problems well Giroud will us. Their pace, movement and Giroud height will no doubt give them 3-0 win. For Mitro to cause them problems we need the ball first something we didn’t have at Utd and Arsenal keep it a lot better.

  • 10 colwell // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    The way everyone is looking at Arsenal’s makeshift CB partnership is how every team will veiw ours all season.

  • 11 Munster Mag // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    2-2 , Mitro and Thauvin . I dont think Arsenal will have as much possession as people fear. It wont be like Man U.

  • 12 Lost Plot // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Shot Bru .. McLaren with 150mil

    It wouldn’t have been him spending it, not this summer.

    Steve’s job is to get the under performing players from past season to a sellable or transferable standard.

    Really glad we have spent some on what actually looks promising.

    If we witness a win from the boys today .. Then it’s onwards n upwards ..

    Not sure how I’ll contain myself

  • 13 Jib // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Lamine Kone is the CB to go for , built like Mike Tyson with a lovely touch , scores regularly , AND he laughed when Sunlan made a bid for him in June.
    Here he is next to tow van

  • 14 jimmysmith // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    I expect us to win. We have a good 11 and strong bench, we’re at home and have 4 competitive games now under our belts, and are coming off an excellent battling performace that must have been a great boost to morale and match fitness. Perez is great, but I hope Sissoko is fit and plays. he is top four quality on his game and is a big match player. 2-1 the lads.

  • 15 toon kk // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    exactly, a lot of people are saying Mitrovic will be giving their defence problems, err I don’t think so, hell spend most of the game like the rest of our team pinned back in our own half defending. Arsenals pace and passing will cut our slow defence apart. We may catch them on the break who knows.

  • 16 Tinman // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    It’s nice that we are actually talking about beating arsenal today. I think we have as good a chance as we had in a long time. But trust me we will need some luck along the way to beat them. They are not firing just yet, but they are still a far superior team to us

  • 17 magpiesi // Aug 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Chancel I have done similar

    3-1 sissoko f goal
    3-1 mitrovic f goal
    3-1 wijnaldum f goal
    3-1 Girud last goal all 200 +-1

  • 18 bobby mango // Aug 29, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    I’m shocked people are betting on us winning 3-1 but I supposea quid on each is nothing to lose and the return would be a happy amount.
    Can’t see it though. We haven’t controlled possession in any of our games and now we’re playing a team who control possession better than any we’ve played so far!
    Giroud is good in the air… Our defense is awful in the air.
    Their CBs might not be first choice but they did pretty well against Liverpool (including Benteke).

    I’m optimistic about this season but realistic about today

previous post: Alan Shearer Pleased With Mike Ashley – So Far

next post: McClaren Explains How Heroes Are Made At Newcastle