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McClaren Expects Full Backing In January Transfer Window

9:33 am, Sunday, October 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

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 closeup trainign kit

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM


    According to Mark Douglas in the Chronic, it wasn’t McClaren’s decision to extend Coloccini’s contract.

  • 2 sparky55 // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    thats a worry…he’s spent 52 million and we’ve gone backwards…ITS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY STEVIE BOY…IT’S ABOUT YOUR COACHING ABILITY

  • 3 sparky55 // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:38 AM


    HAHAHAHAHAHA…well that’s blown my theory right the water then!

  • 4 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    I don’t think the club were ever going to buy two new CB’s to start from the begining of the season. Bit risky two untested CB’s so I can see some logic in that. Wven though looking back now it hasn’t been great anyway.

    Taylor should be out the door in January and replaced with a top centre back. I don’t mind Williamson as fourth choice atleast he can keep himself fit.

  • 5 sparky55 // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    out the water!

    Who’s decision was it then??? whoever it was SACK THE CNUT!

  • 6 Jib // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Some English poncey pseudo passion for you

  • 7 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I dont think it was Woah’s choice to keep colo. Colo is the clubs favourite child. I don’t know why but he just is. Woah needs a win. Another defeat and half assed performance from sissoko and co and he can sod off to york city or somewhere similar.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:44 AM


    McClaren isn’t responsible for the summer signings and disastrous pre-season tour, but he has to be blamed for continuing with Coloccini as captain.

  • 9 hibbitt // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    i think the problem is Mc has inherited so many players that just arn’t good enough for the prem …………i blame the man who bought them and scouted them mr carr

  • 10 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Im not sure it’s the coaches problems either. I think they are experienced and capable enough, as was Pardew.

    I think it’s all down to attidude of these fannies, they have got away with half hearted performances for a long time because there has been no competition for places or even cover for that matter.

    The all need a good kick up the arse and docked and hungout to dry just like Carver did with Williamson. Some of these players are that half hearted its unreal. Where is the passion?

    They want to start earning their wages, I hope McClaren can change their poor attidudes.

  • 11 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Jib thats no big deal. Hardly the stuff of legends eh?

  • 12 Munster Mag // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    I agree but making him captain was a shocker from Woah.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Ron…that was s BandB favored subjective article with absolutely no empirical evidence mate!

    …just an opinion based on a “journalist’s” own gut feeling (for all we know)

  • 14 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    Looking at last season’s team, how many would you ideally keep – three or four at the most. Add in three of the four new signings and we still haven’t got a decent starting eleven!

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    *s = a

  • 16 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM


    You’re destroying all my illusions. I thought the Chronic had the inside track at NUFC!

  • 17 hibbitt // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    ron ….if you look at the whole squad of 25 i would only keep 14 and some of them are only squad player

  • 18 BandB // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM


    As I said when I posted the article, it I was reporting what Douglas said (and continues to say without being forced to retract.)
    I am not saying he is definitely right. You are saying he is definitely wrong.
    On the basis of the same amount of evidence.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Ron…only when it suits one’s argument mate 😉

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    BandB…are you always lurking in the dark!

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    BandB…I am saying it’s nothing but an unsubstantiated opinion…

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    It’s almost like the players know they can get away with murder..

    They know the policies and how much stick the owner and coaches get, they arn’t daft. Then they get bedding in time, hell Sissoko feels he can get away with disrespecting the club every opportunity he gets with his wanting away. The lad still starts every game. Massive attidude problems at the club for me.

    It’s all still Ashley’s doing though, he made built all of it with his poor policies and lack of anbition. It’s soul destroying to see.

  • 23 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I’d rather a good modern manager than 2 or 3 new players.3 new players would cost 20-40 million with wages tied in but for half that money bringing in someone like klopp or biesla (just an example) would make much more difference. its easy to see that 8 years of old school British managers trying to get the best out of modern french players isn’t working.

  • 24 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM


    We all found it puzzling at the time. Especially as McClaren hadn’t seen Coloccini play in a competitive match!

  • 25 BandB // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    And I am keeping my mind open to the possibility it isn’t, as I have no way of knowing what it is with your degree of certainty.

    Good morning Ron….

  • 26 Ron Knee // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM


    And so to the next thread …

  • 27 Jib // Oct 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Mark Douglas is quite right.
    He gives it the usual Douglas spin but after the club’s treatment of him that’s OK and perfectly understandable.
    We tried to sign Rudiger , Matip , and Vestergaard in the Summer , for differing reasons the deals fell through .
    Time was running out , Colo was on the point of signing for Pardew , his transfer out had to be postponed until at least the next window.
    In August Colo suddenly found himself in a very strong negotiating position , which he took advantage of , no blame for that , he’s not a charity.
    After effectively no preaseason under his belt he had to kick up a couple of gears. He’s played some good games
    He should be commended instead of derided by no marks like Toonbrother.

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