Steve McClaren has said that he doesn´t have many problems with the way Newcastle choose their transfer targets and that it’s a long-term thing and every club has targets at any one time and that it’s an ongoing procedure.
But he has also said that if he asked for a particular player to come in over the January transfer window he would get that backing from the Board – who are the ones these days who decide which players are coming and which players are going – with Mike Ashley now very much in the background.
Steve McClaren – content with transfer policy
Newcastle spent about £52M net on four first team players over the summer and they haven’t yet made much difference, but as they get used to the Premier League that will hopefully change.
In an interview published in the Chronicle today, Steve was asked this question – “Say if you said: ‘In January I need this now’, would you get it?”
Here’s how he responded:
“Absolutely. It’s always the same. The person that is today in that job is always the most important.”
“It’s generally – in business, probably not as much in sport, but definitely in business – it’s more of a looking, listening, evaluating.”
“It’s a little bit like that in football. And now you’ve got to say: ‘Well, you know what, it will take a long time and it will take three windows.’”
“Even at the beginning we said that.” “The players we’ve signed are going to be really good players for Newcastle United Football Club, without a shadow of a doubt.”
“Now it’s what we need in the next window which is going to be very important.” “So that’s the planning and I have a better idea now after 90 days in the job than I did after one.”
“I think there was a lot of planning. I think this club is always planning and planning to go on.”
“I think John Carver expressed that in an article that the planning was long before and included him and long before I came through the door.”
“That was always ongoing and that’s a club thing. That’s the modern game now so we get a lot of feedback from within the club, and the planning – and it keeps going.”
One of the reasons that initial question on transfers was asked is there is a view – right or wrong – that Chief Scout Graham Carr is the one who really picks the players and there was some evidence of that last summer.
We surprisingly paid out some big money for Florian Thauvin and that was seen as a luxury buy – when we really needed defenders brought in badly – but only brought oi]ne in.
Graham Carr has been after the French U21 International for around four years.
But it’s certainly going to be true in January that we need more players brought in whatever the cost – if we are to stay in the Premier League.
Some of those have to be players(s) who can help shore up our woeful defense – and they should really have been brought in last summer.
There´s also news that McClaren wanted QPR striker Charlie Austin in last summer, so maybe – finally – we can get Charlie in and he can score some goals for us in the second half of the season.
We are also hoping that come January we will be out of the relegation zone.
That´s a hope not necessarily an expectation.