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.

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