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This Coach Already Making His Mark At Newcastle

12:24 am, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

Ian Cathro arrived as part of Newcastle’s new coaching team under Steve McClaren in June,  and he came with a big reputation for somebody who was only 28 years old.

While he’s getting on a bit now – he turned 29 in early July – he is still young for a coach who was the assistant manager at both Rio Ave and Valencia – his two former clubs – before Steve McClaren persuaded him to join Newcastle, for what would be a new and big challenge for him.

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Ian Cathro – making his mark already at Newcastle

The biggest problem we’ve had over the last three years has been our defense, so Steve McClaren put the 29 year-old in charge of our biggest weakness – the Newcastle defense.

What’s that about Steve being a savvy coach?

What we have seen with the last two Newcastle league performances,  is a terrific backs-to-the-wall fight  from the lads.

We got a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, and were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal, but only after we had played for 75 minutes with 10 men, after Aleksandar Mitrovic got himself sent off after only 16 minutes.

Newcastle have only played four league games,  so it’s far too soon to come to any hard and fast conclusions.

But Ian came with a big reputation as a top young coach with new ideas, and if the Scot can get Newcastle playing consistently as a strong defensive unit, like we’ve seen in the last two league games, he will have done a simply terrific job for the team.

Especially when we have one new player in defense – Chancel Mbemba.

And it’s not just the back four and the goalkeeper,  but all the players have looked organized and worked together to close down spaces as the opposition attacked.

One thing that upset Newcastle fans under John Carver was that many of our players didn’t seem to care less.

You cannot accuse this season’s team of that, as the lads give everything they have in every game – something we are sure Steve McClaren is drumming into them, as the number one requirement of any game – give 100%.

Ian Cathro came to Tyneside with a big reputation as a top young coach, and it could be getting bigger if the Newcastle defense can keep up their excellent defensive play that we’ve seen from them so far this season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Tactics · Training Ground

65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Get on this. Talk sport are relaying that smart meter advert as being true life. The one with the Ronaldo tatoo. Idiot even said something about saying something about toon fans lmao! What does it say about them if they can’t see what’s right in front of them. Ronaldo my backside – mine was Messi 😉

  • 2 Bobbybee // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    About it I meant.

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    We have looked good defensively against two CL sides and not scored. Against S’mpton & S’sea when we had more of the ball the defence has conceded. Seems like ‘same old same old’ to me. Any defender is going to look good when the rest of the team are doing half your job for you and you manage to actually get hit by a few shots. The team can not operate all season having to cover for a shakey defensive line, the majority of the midfield being unable to keep possession and strikers who are missing either from the pitch or in front of goal. But it is better than JC.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Definitely living up to his reputation then! We do appear to have gained a defence with only one change in personel, but it’s still too early be certain. The same players are definitely playing better right now, so maybe trusting to their judgement seems a sensible thing to do. It can be changed if needs be. If he can make a solid defence out of what he’s got available, the guy’s a genius and needs be groomed for the eventual step up 🙂 Again, so far so good.

  • 5 Blofal // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Honestly I cannot help but sing McClarens praises so far even though I was against him coming here. Even the delay in appointing the coaching team seems to be worth it.

    I don’t know if my expectations were just lowered over the previous 5 seasons?

    Everything is better. Charnley’s email today strikes me of something McClaren told him must be done. And I think it will be done a lot more. Simpson and Cathro seem to be delivering as our results are infinitely better than last year. No way we would have done what we did against Man U and Arsenal with Pardew and his coaching team.

    Attacking wise we just have to wait and see. The only game we have played where we could really attack was Southampton and we scored 2 goals. The others were naturally defensive due to red cards and the quality of the opposition.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Sep 3, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Crumbs! We spent £52.6 million and not one chocolate covered hob nob. Crickey! I see a leen future, feeding on crumbs and Baron Greenback attempting a supporters share sale for 0% of the club. Plus real magpies being rounded up and moved along for breach of copyright.

  • 7 Bobbybee // Sep 3, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Blofal, nice feeling innit mate? Better this than the stress of the last few years. Call it a gut feeling, but I think we’re in for a surprising turn in our fortunes. That’s far from saying I’m right of course, I could be wrong by a distance, but it can’t hurt anybody for me to believe. 🙂 I just hope I’m right.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Sep 3, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    I think Ashley is to some degree ethically obligated to put all the profits back into the club and of course to run it responsibly, because it is a community based enterprise. He certainly doesn’t need the profits the club generates and he can make his deserved profit if and when he sells. NUFC is not an SD shop, and while I think this is most likely what is happening, and probably always has, it’s difficult to be sure, and Ashley really should want to be seen to be trusted at the very least, if he’s going to really win over the fans. Even winning something would be a short term fix, if he isn’t trusted.

  • 9 Bobbybee // Sep 3, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Jimmy, there’s some who will never trust him again and nothing will ever change that. He doesn’t need our trust to do what he does, he does them anyway. I don’t think we get a second thought in Mike’s World. I think he tried it his way, failed, even held his hands up to it, and is now doing what he should have done years ago – take a step back. He could have done a lot worse than the people he’s relying on now. It appears to be working so far, let’s hope it continues.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Sep 3, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Perhaps, but I’m not sure he doesn’t care about having our trust, although he does give that impression at times. It just seems to me though we’d all be better off, including the owner, if he did build real trust. I’m surprised he hasn’t tried harder, and hope now he will, because therein is the root cause of the suspicion, that and nutty decisions like renaming the ground, which you can never be sure are a thing off the past.

  • 11 expatmag // Sep 3, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    With regard to the finely worded and partially correct statement, much gas been left out regarding the finances involving business this window.

    Whilst Charnley admits to 52.6 million being spent, did that include agents payments, signing on fees etc?

    It should also be remembered that the club admitted to having £34 million pounds in the bank and add to that the revenue raised from the subsequent sales of Mbiwa Santon Abeid and Kemen plus compensation paid by Palace for Pardew and Woodman should virtually account for the expenditure this window.

    Charnley is saying that our salary budget will increase by 9 million pounds but I fail to see how this could be when you factor in the following:

    How much salary savings has been saved in comparison to last season when the departure of HBA, Mbiwa Santon, Jonas, Raylor, Streete, Alneick, Campbell salaries are factored in?

    How much did the club save on Pardews salary by not replacing him for the period January to June inclusive?

    What contributions to wages are the likes of Marseille, Covenrry, Cardiff, Crawley, Millwall, Wigan and Gateshead paying for the loan of Cabella, Armstrong, Ameobi, Woodman, Ferguson and Vuckic?

    Hoe much did we get from Rangers for the loan of the 5 players last season. I heard it was reported at 1 million pounds?

    whlst i understand that McLaren and his staff would cost a bit, all were free agents do compensation wasnt necessary to be paid out. Much of their combined salaries would be offset against the salary savings from the releases of Pardew Carver Stone and Woodman.

    So Mr. Charnley. Where do you get thus figure of a salary increase of NINE MILLION POUNDS then?

  • 12 We are the mags // Sep 3, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    I have to agree with lindisfarne to be honest, dont get me wrong im very optimistic due to much better performances this season compared to last however like the man said when you have the full team defending it may look like were strong defensively it will be interesting when we are stretched somewhat but hey we have made great signings the club has spent money and promising to spend more and god i even got an email from charnley today stating where nufc is going and it was great reading so to be honest im very optimistic and the only way is up as far as im concerned HWTL

  • 13 terencelim // Sep 3, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    And 2 points in 4 games.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    I simply can’t believe that certain posters have accepted the fact that we have avoided competing for anything for the last eight years as part of a bigger picture of success.

  • 15 lesh // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:17 AM


    What are you talking about @1?

    I don’t often listen to TalkSport so haven’t a clue what you’re on about – unless I’m having another senior-moment.

  • 16 lesh // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:27 AM


    What’s your problem over the numbers Charnley’s put out?

    Is it so important that the world at large have a detailed breakdown of expenditure this summer along with details of the wage-bill?

    Ashley’s sanctioned the second highest nett spend in the Prem while others, including Arsenal have spent nowt or next to nowt,what more do people want?

    He spends, he’s criticised, he doesn’t spend he’s criticised too. It’s a no-win situation as far as some posters are concerned.

  • 17 cyprus // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    So Ian is our defensive coach. Well done and all that. Only 4 goals conceded and no spankings 🙂

    Anyway, in truth, we have looked more organised back there.

    Now, who is responsible for the attack? To win you must score and we haven’t had enough chances (since we defend for our lives in the last games).

    Talking of which, that’s why I voted Mitro as our best new signing! Why? Put the cards aside for a moment… OK. How could he possibly shine, given our hyper defensive tactics? We can’t possibly judge him until we play a ‘normal’ game of football: possession more or less shared; winning intent combined with no conceding intent; 11 players, not 10.

  • 18 cyprus // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    On Lee’s statement: well, spot on. Didn’t read counter comments on the blog, but it must have been hard to come up with any, really. Apart from ‘good PR’, ‘he’s lying’, etc.

    Addresses all concerns: intent to spend; keep best players; win something; takes blame for communication issues; admission it will take more than one window.


  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    I don’t think many are disagreeing on whether the players we have bought are good signings!

    The concern is we haven’t addressed the real issues we have…right now we are 19th and if that doesn’t change radically over the next 6 to 8 games then it will be hard to defend what has happened!

    I am tired of having to give the club and coaches time…it’s the same each year.

    The only reason why I have agreed to is because for once they are spending real money and have restructured the first team coaching staff.

    But this has been somewhat under par start (actually we look like we did under Pardew)

  • 20 will die for the toon army // Sep 3, 2015 at 5:50 AM


    I disagree with we look very good defensively. But so poor attacking.

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Will die…we are very heroic defensively but we are also playing very deep with quite a few bodies tracking far back!

    …maybe what you call looking good defensively are costing us offensively?

  • 22 expatmag // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:06 AM


    Two reasons.

    1….He is making a big thing in increasing the wage bill by 9 million a year. I fail to see how this increase is so big when you consider the large number of plsyers who have left the club.

    2….This communication is fine as is the spending of money but there is NO mention of incoming money, loan fees, salary savings etc etc eyc. He is painting Ashley as an honest benefactor when my reading shows him spending out of necessity and limited expenditure at that when you consider the full ball park figures

  • 23 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    unlike some posters who think they are a god who never made any mistakes in their life, the boards are human who made mistakes and failures but they recognized their mistakes and failure and trying to correct them. It’s a good start, only from recognizing your mistakes and failures that you could be better unlike some who thinks they never made mistakes.
    Some even asking what happen if they don’t meet the target? Target will be assessed due to situation changes. Remember one thing that your own slogan said “we don’t want a team that win but a team that tries”.

  • 24 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:55 AM


    a large number of players leaving the club? who? Jonas and Raylor, Kemen, Abeid, Cabella?
    How much they earned compared to new players? Some players also returning from loan which now we have to pay their salaries like Darlow, Llaceles, Marv, etc.

  • 25 Average_Contents // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:57 AM


    Well put.

    I’d wondered the exact same thing myself mate. Unless these new players are on astronomical wages and they’ve forgot to take off the king, his cronies and the players that have left, I just cannot see how it’s jumped by such a sum.

    They brought it up and as you say it sounds like they’ve tried to say “look, look, we’ve done this” so why not question it? (to the poster who questioned why you mentioned it)

  • 26 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    we also don’t know the exact numbers have to be paid sacking carver, stone, etc.

  • 27 firebug666 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM


    I agree mate, none of the statements or emails carry much clarity in them, they are simply worded to appease the fans.

    For example, he states they have made mistakes, and they take responsibility for that, but when asked why these mistakes were made they say, we don’t want to dwell on the past. However if we do not analyse the past, how can we be sure the same mistakes will not be made in the future?

    Ashley’s statement from last season was made for one reason only, The torches were lit, the pitchforks were sharpened and the focus was turning towards sports direct.

    The changes had to be made, it was not Ashley suddenly becoming our glorious benefactor, he had not been visited by three ghosts during the night. Simply put, he needed to spend the money to keep the club in the premiership, so that his other parasite companies could continue to feed off us.

    He has now removed himself from the board, so as to protect his other interests, and if things go bad this season he can now point the finger of blame at the current board and squeak “it has nothing to do with me or sports direct”.

    There have been a lot of positive changes, and that is good for the club and the fans, but the leopard has not changed it’s spots.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    I don’t see where expat is being critical at all. This is a blog to discuss club related news, I think it is a valid point to ask why there has been a raise of 9M, even if the new signings were on more than 10K each a week than those that left it wouldn’t be 9M, and I’m sure that the 10% of the fee comes out of the fee.

  • 29 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    new salaries addition that we have to pay now:
    Wijnaldum, Mitro, Mbemba, Thauvin, Toney, Darlow, Llaceles, Marveaux.
    Let just say 5 players with 30k/week wages including bonuses that’s already 7.8mil, LC said up to 9mil increase.
    feel free to include SM & staffs or not.

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Whether the new communication is guff or not, you are right, it is at least a recognition that they need to be communicating, such a shame that, by sticking two fingers up at us for so long it has caused such ill feeling.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    What about HBA, Santon, Mbwia, Gutierez and RTaylor, they weren’t on apprenticeship wages.

  • 32 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:16 AM


    I think it’s better late than never, they have the guts to say in public that they made those mistakes and will try to do better, it’s a good start. Tbh it’s a rare thing for any football board to make that statement.

  • 33 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM


    we also have players returning from loan, new coach and staffs, I’m pretty sure they are higher than carver & co but feel free to include them or not. Just 5 players with 30k/week is already 7.8mil, I’m pretty sure they are higher than that not to mention bonuses.
    The players we bought this season mostly above 10mil transfer fees compare to those who left which are probably less than 5mil transfer fees.
    10mil rated players will have more wages compare to 5mil rated players.

  • 34 Average_Contents // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:24 AM


    It’s a rare thing for any football board to treat their own fans with such disdain as we have been over EIGHT long years.

  • 35 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    even finishing 5th in that 8 years?

  • 36 Average_Contents // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    What’s finishing 5th got to do with how we’ve been treated? Absolutely nothing.

    Anyway, work beckons.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    In reply to 33 see 31

  • 38 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    well… some people trying to do good things, trying to make amend to their mistakes still getting bashing instead support. Nice!!

  • 39 Santon03 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    in reply 31 see 33

  • 40 Jib // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem ben Arfa were off the Toons wages bill in September 2014 the former paid by Roma the latter by Hull.
    Jonas Guttierez and Ryan Taylor were on €1.5 each.
    The 4 new players are on a combined €15 million making a net increase of €12 million.

  • 41 Jib // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    That of course is millions per annum

  • 42 sparky55 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Best post of the thread goes to Lindisfarne @ 3

    Bang on the money!

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Jesper @ 19.
    Exactly ! I’m not going to be drawn into a trap where I can be accused of being negative as any change from last season is a positive, but when you have Mike Ashley hater bobbybee saying how wonderful things are its hard not to point out some realities. We are second bottom, we have had two nen sent off in four games and have played as poor as the darkest times under Pardew/Carver and Stone in one of those games, a 20 year old kid who may or may not have adapted to the league was added to one of the worst defences in the league with 50M being spent on players whose value will hopefully increase where 2M could have been spent on a player like Lescott.

  • 44 sparky55 // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Firebug @ 27

    Well said that man!

  • 45 catchy in norway // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    well I have to say I’m impressed with our club right now, we may only have 2 points and are sitting 2nd bottom, but for me it is still early days and I can see we are heading in the right direction.

    the players seem to taken to Mac and his new team of coaches and it shows on the pitch, colo plays like a man possessed right now , as a posed to I’m here boss, but not really putting in any effort.

    it’s hard to judge us as an attacking team just yet, we have played 4 games and had 2 players sent off , but to be fair to Mac though he keeps it tight then he started to make attack minded subs for the last 10 ish mins.

    for me other than the Swansea game playing wise I think we have done ok, and his methods are still quite new to the players, give it anoth couple of month and we will be flying,

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Luckily there’s a web page out there that has our published accounts so that Jeff can clear up the wage dispute.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Cathro was the best signing. By a long way. I’m sure if he has been asked to wok on the defensive side it won’t mean sitting deep long term. That has just been the case here. Get the back line more organised – should have bought a vocal centre half to assist with this – and then he will start to move it forward. Cathro is known for instilling a high pressing system at his previous jobs, but is perhaps just building the initial foundation right now.

    The entire team should defend. That isn’t to say we should all be deep in our own half, but defence should start by the forwards pressuring the opposition defence, closing the spaces and forcing the opposition to play in uncomfortable areas. This allows us to transition higher up the pitch, and gives us a greater opportunity to open up the opposition.

    It will take time, but starting with organising the back line had to be the first step. I think we can all agree based on the last few years, that ensuring our back line is a well organised cohesive unit is one hell of a task to undertake.

    I hope that Macca and Cathro have kept all the defenders (except Mbemba – international) around the training ground and not given them time off so they can continue working on shape, organisation and positioning. That should help us to begin to move play forwards.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    You have to say that !

  • 49 JamesToon // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Lilongwe 47

    Spot on mate, its clear that the back 4 are now playing as more of a compact unit now

  • 50 Jib // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I think in the Winter window we will get one of our long term defensive targets from Spain either Jose Gaya from Atletico Madrid or Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao they both have €50 million buy out clauses but are both future captains of their respective countries.

  • 51 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    It is good to see them spending cash on some very talented youngsters. It is good to see the increased communication between the club and fans. It is good to see Cathro and Black as part of the coaching staff – jury out for me on Schoenmaker and I don’t really rate Simpson but he has worked with Steve before, so that sort of trust and personal knowledge can be equally important. It is good to see us keeping hold of our better players – although not many did enough last year to earn a move away.

    Still, it is early days in this transformation, and scepticism is rightly still there. They were given our trust and faith freely when they first arrived, and they treated the fans and the club poorly, making huge errors of judgement and decisions that go against the grain of what the club means to the area and the people. Should we give our trust and faith freely because they look to have improved over the last few months? Or should they have to earn it by proving it over a long period?

    Contrary to popular belief, Ashley and his pals plus Pardew were all given a lot of leeway by many fans who hoped to see the club improve and deliver. They were continually let down by one and all. That hurts the fans, and the club. I am always willing to give another chance, but they have to prove this is real, and not another short term scheme to get a bit of breathing space.

    It will take time, lots of time to heal the wounds opened up over the last 8 years. Until then scepticism and a lack of trust is going to be there and rightly so.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    It does seem a more professional set up mind. I’m still not sure how much input on transfers Mclaren has compared to Pardew though.

  • 53 will die for the toon army // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Mcca has insisted 3 windows not 3 yrs. So by next year we will have a team to compete the top 6.

    Summer 2015 – Winter 2016 – Summer 2016.

    Charnley said no selling our best players. He will resist all offers. I will watch the space. One year aint big. I have waited for 8 yrs. 1 year wont kill me.

  • 54 mindshaft // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    expat- not sure why you’re worried about the wage bill – I’m sure McClaren and his team will be on a lot more than Carver et al
    We’ve taken on 4 ‘purple’ players whilst retaining the current squad
    40k a week is by no means a large wage in prem terms which works out at over 2 million a year , I wouldn’t be surprised if they Gini / Mbemba / Thauvin are on 60k a week
    Most of the players you mentioned were being paid by the loanee club
    anyway it doesn’t really matter , wages have gone up 15% but our TV money has gone up 50%

  • 55 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Well I see the aternative Toon top has been relaunched. Magpie removed, that was a knocking bet. Im personally buying it and wearing it until the faith is restored.

    Oh, and I prefer Adidas to Puma. The club has released a new statement also..

    While I am happy with this window, im furious with this past few years and im quite happy to wear this top until they get their act together and their intentions are shown over a long spell.

    The mirror has also released an article, Magpie now removed.

  • 56 will die for the toon army // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    I really hate pessimistic fans it jst angers me. We all hurt in the past but come on MA and the administration are working so no need to bring back the past.

  • 57 Slank // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Now that the transfer window has closed I can sit back like a Cheshire Cat with lots of Schadenfreude observing the reactions of the Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and ManU fans to their clubs (mostly feeble) efforts in the transfer market.

    Well done Charnley, Carr and McClaren.

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Yeah, I’ve raised that query a couple of times on here. Not so sure on Toney, but all four of our other signings have been players Carr has scouted and targeted since before McClaren joined the club. Thauvin, Wijnaldum we have tried to sign in the past, and we were scouting Mitrovic for 2 years according to reports, and Mbemba impressed during those visits so we were watching him too.

    Seems very much the same in terms of transfer policy, just maybe a shift upwards in terms of quality and cost. That could well be to do with the shift up in TV money that is due, or it could be a conscious effort to build something. Far too early too tell, and as such this isn’t the time to be celebrating how wonderful the new board are and how Ashley is now a benevolent leader.

    Cautious optimism, diminishing cynicism/scepticism. Feb 2017 might see me start to truly believe.

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Dirk Llambias insisted on a five year plan and CL football before setting up a top ten bonus scheme and a policy that dismantled the team in January to make that as difficult as possible. You can’t expect everyone to go happy clapping on the back of a few words.

  • 60 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Well , it don,t interst me in the slightest over wages, money given out Bla,Bla,Bla ! The half of the statements made in the press are,nt believable anyway?

    The defense looks like it is better organised than it was last term but the Attack is still not sorted.
    I believe we have strengthened, but in the positions where it needed was we have not strengthened enough? Mclaren could of used more of the subs in the last two outings, there are strikers sat on the bench Steve!

    We have spent a reportred 50Mil+ on 4 or 5 players but i doubt if we have done enough plus there were a number of targets of ours who ended up going elsewhere!

    Ayew to the Swans and Van Dijk to the Saints plus the Shakiri to the Potters, this is a trend which worriesme every time the window comes around, we pussy around and wait until the others sign the players who we have shown an interest in. Over the years then, Gomis, Boney, Ayew, Lens, Van Wolfswinkel, the list is endless and the list of so called targets too.

    Our coaching staff has changed but i wonder if the policies we have seen in the last few years have changed much at all !

    We are now third from bottom after a 50Mil + spend in the last window !

  • 61 Slank // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Lil @ 58

    Although Carr probably scouted Wijnaldum for some time I wonder whether he would have joined us if Carver was still in charge.

    Wijnaldum knew all about McClaren’s experiences in Holland and apparently talked to him before deciding to join.

  • 62 expatmag // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:27 AM


    On the wages side of things, it was generally agreed that Forest, Rangers and Guingamp were unable to pay anywhere near the salaries of Marvasux Darlow Lascelles and the Rangers 5 although there was talk of Rangers coughing up a million pounds tiwards their salaries.

    As they are now mostly all back at the club, their salarries would only be a minor increase on the budget as we were paying most of it last year.

  • 63 Jib // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    This was the 1st shirt I found after a 30 second search.

    No discount for bulk purchase.

    They are selling theirs for £25 and claiming it’s non – profit !!!!


  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Yeah, but that doesn’t mean our policy has changed or indicate how much influence McClaren has on targets.

  • 65 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:37 AM


    Im sceptical about this non profit like, have to say.

    Still getting one though.

    Im surprised the council have let them use the coat of arms, thinking have they got their mits in also, a statement would be good to clarify everything.

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