McClaren At Odds With Board Over Transfer Policy

The Star has what they are calling an exclusive out tonight about Steve McClaren and his recommendations for the upcoming transfer window seem to be at odds with Newcastle´s long-term transfer policy.

The long-term policy is to buy young players under 26 with little Premier League experience from abroad – and for cheaper fees than they can buy similar British youngsters for.

Steve´s recommendations were not taken up in the summer and even though we spent a whopping £52M for four first team players the impact of the players so far this season has hardly been worth the money invested.

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Steve McClaren wants older experienced players

What Steve wants in January are some older experienced players with Premier League experience so that Newcastle can start to pull away from the lower reaches of the Premier League and avoid relegation.

The Star reports the Newcastle head coach is reviewing the captain situation and could take that away from Fabricio Coloccini.

If Colo is replaced as captain – which is  a possibility – then Daryl Janmaat and Gini Wijnaldum would seem to be favorites to take over the job from the Argentine.

Chancel Mbemba and Gini Wijnaldum have been the quickest new arrivals to settle in at Newcastle,  but so far Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin have struggled to adapt.

Thauvin is a good example of what Steve McClaren is talking about  – the Frenchman was brought in by Graham Carr and McClaren had absolutely no say in that transfer which has not worked out well.

If Florian is successful it will take him some time – maybe all season to adapt – and we simply cannot afford that with new players in January.

If Steve McClaren is to be judged by results (he is) – then surely he should be the one who chooses the transfer targets and not Chief Scout Graham Carr.

That´s one of the reasons why Ashley´s transfer strategy has not worked over the last eight years – and it needs to change.

Before the Star article came out we had an article out earlier today – the transfer strategy at Newcastle simply isn´t working and needs to change – here it is.

But whether Steve McClaren can get his way in January and bring in some experienced players who can make an immediate impact remains to be seen.

If he fails and the Board (of which is is a member) continues to bring in younger players with no experience in England – that decision could even result in Newcastle being relegated.

It could also lead to Steve McClaren being dismissed.

But if that happens (we hope it doesn´t) then will Newcastle carry on with their same transfer policy in the future?

It has never worked other than make Newcatsle? finances look good – and will have been one of the reasons Newcastle have been relegated twice in seven years under Mike Ashley.

When something isn´t working most sensible people change it to make it work.

We´ll see if that happens with Newcastle’s transfer policy in January.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Austin, Shelvey and Cahill?

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    # Townsend, Austin, Shelvey and Cahill?

  • expatmag

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    No way Shelvey or Cahill
    Very doubtful on Austin
    Possibly Townsend although Spurs will ask top dollar as usual and the lad isnt worth it.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4


    Why not shelvey, he can score goals and create chances, better passer of the ball than any Newcastle midfielder.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Well done steve for making a stand on this.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Why don’t mcclaren leave and take the rest of the muppets with him, may as well start again anyway.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #7

    If those stories are true then surely now the morale is going to be very low.

  • banjax

    Nov 26, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I detailed these key problem areas in an earlier post just like all the contributors to this blog did at some stage and now it’s a Daily Star Exclusive. Oh you mutts!

  • sickandtired

    Nov 27, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #9

    KK is quoted in the Mirror. I’d listen to him all day long over McClaren or any other fool connected to the Ashley regime.
    That includes this blog and Dr Ed who has more wood in his ar@e than is left on the fence he’s been sat on for years.

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #10

    The club is very superficial.
    Absent owner.
    Graham Carr. Has the title Chief Scout. But, really he is the Football Adviser to MA. He does not work at the club day to day. Works from home.
    So, SM reports directly to one person. Charmless. He is an accountant.
    The players take the p and have done for years. If the owner is not bothered why should they be.

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #11

    SM has left it a bit late. He should have put himself at odds with this sham of a board in the summer.
    But, like P45 he has presumably agreed to work within their strategy.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 27, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Instead of sitting on the fence watching our club degenerate in a squabbling bunch of kids. ashley should come in and either sack McLaren if he is not going to stand by him and the transfers he wants.
    Or sack Charmless and Carr who seem to be running the club for him.

    As if it stays the way we are we are certainties for relegation.

    Or selling up which I can’t see him doing.

    Me I would get rid of Charmless and Carr and let Mclaren buy who he wants/needs to get us out of this mess.
    Must be Shite working with players you do not want!!!!!!

  • Grumpy

    Nov 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    I thought management was getting the best out of what you have, which is not whats happening.

  • danuneek

    Nov 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t see the clubs letting players like Shelvey, Cahill and Austin go in January, especially for bargain prices.

    Austin – £12m
    Shevley – £15m
    Cahill – £15m
    Townsend – £10m

    I can’t see them going for anything less.

  • c-dog

    Nov 27, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15


    And the goons posting here were singing their praises
    Simply just reads


    We have never replaced Ba and Cabaye. Our problem is simple as that!

    If we sign Dost, I’m done with the club.


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