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McClaren´s Comments Hint At No Change In Transfer Policy

11:21 pm, Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren gave his press conference for the game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon – which has a 4:00 pm kickoff.

Steve was asked about the January transfer window during the press conference and he was non-committal but more than that he seemed not to have even thought about what players he wanted in during the January transfer window.

Steve said he simply has been concentrating on the games left this year – there are four of them.

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Steven McClaren – not talked to Board on transfers

He was asked whether he had met with the Board yet on transfers – and remember Steve is one of the four members of the Board along with Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur.

This is how he answered the question:

“You know what? We haven’t, absolutely not.”

“Things are going on in the background and we have touched upon things, but our sole focus for the last four to six weeks has been about results, one game at a time.”

“We have got four before January, so we are looking forward to those four and getting results and we’ll see where we are then.”

This is very consistent with Steve’s job being only to concentrate on things on the training field and prepare the team for the next game and get the very best out of the players he has made available to him.

That´s very much the continental way of running a football club.

And Graham Carr and Lee Charnley will work on and handle which players will come in next month.

At some point they may even tell Steve which players are coming in – or at least what the targets are.

That’s the way Newcastle carry out their transfer business and it hasn’t worked very well over a number of transfer windows and it’s one of the main reasons Alan Pardew quickly left early this year.

Pardew has since been hugely successful at Crystal Place and not only saved them from relegation last season but now has them in 6th place in the league table 12 places and 10 points above Newcastle.

One good question for Newcastle officials is what kept Alan Pardew from being that successful at Newcastle?

What we don’t need in January are (even) more players who have never played in the Premier League and therefore will take some time to produce in England.

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    So no planning, just muddling along day by day.
    Hoping to win a cup.
    Hoping to achieve mid table mediocrity.
    Ambition – doubt they can spell it, yet alone understand what it is.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they think beige would be a good colour for a strip.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    What tone of beige would you be considering lochinvar mate @1? I think Steve fancies a grey beige. Something really dull. Looks like Spurs will be a handful on Sunday. They have a lot of attacking options.

  • 3 Whumpie // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Nowt has changed. Target remains “stay up”. Zombie club. Fooked.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    They managed to poke four past Monaco today I think. Harrumph.

  • 5 jimiley // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Penfold and the old man Carr dealing with transfers. Haha!!!! Nothing ever changes at the toon. I would not waste my money on that bunch of misfits. MR TUBBS OUT.

  • 6 Oldgit1 // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    @welshie. Sorry haven’t been on for a while and just read about your dad. I do hope everything goes well for him. Im sure it will. Keep your chin up mate

  • 7 lesh // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM


  • 8 lesh // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Try again!

    Ed. Yes continental clubs do use a coach and bring players in with little or no reference to him.

    But where Charnley-Carr differ in applying that model is that the Euro clubs tend to buy players to meet the needs of the squad whereas our tunnel-visioned buyers buy with a view to selling at profit.

    It must never occur to them that players in successful sides tend to be the ones that command huge fees!

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Learning guitar now. Very sore finger tips on my left hand….

  • 10 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    this seems like a very short sighted way of handlng transfers….most if not all clubs must of surely had a meeting about the up coming transfer window…even if its just to confirm how much your players are worth to sell!….its like they are 2-3 weeks behind everyone else…so slow to get goin in the transfer market again by the look of it,then they’ll run out of time to get some deals done…..unless its all bull and smoke screen?

  • 11 Sazzer // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    “What we don’t need in January are (even) more players who have never played in the Premier League and therefore will take some time to produce in England.”

    You can never know which players will take time to produce. Lallana, Henderson, Carroll, Downing and so on took a lot of time before they produce anything for Liverpool despite costing a lot of money and had PL experience.

    It’s easy to forget that Cisse came in January and started scoring for fun for the rest of the season.

  • 12 nightfa11 // Dec 11, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    they say they need 3 windows to ge a team.. so i think theyre working on it..but wont say it.. cos they are probably having difficulties convincing players to join us while we are relegation condidates.. we’ll see

  • 13 jimmysmith // Dec 11, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    I don’t think the coach was ever as far out of the loop as is so often portrayed. I’m sure Pardew was consulted, but it was in the negotiations where he was excluded, and that’s where the prime targets slipped through the net.

    It was never as Keegan wanted, which was basically, we can get him for this much, I want him, go get him. That was never going to wash with Ashley. There’s greater financial accountability expected than that. I suppose the hope and expectation now that we are essentially self sufficient and that there is more money available, is that we’ll, as we did last window, do a better job of getting a higher calibre of player in.

    Never liked or even understood the transfer policy as it has been, because it means you can’t compete obviously, and so miss out on the bonus payments and other associated income that comes with doing better, but if they do intend to spend more, I think it can certainly work. We need to continue to dig deeper into our pockets, it’s that simple, and there can’t be any excuses left not too.

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Dec 11, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    For me, the problem hasn’t been so much the transfer policy itself as much as the people Ashley has appointed to implement it. Leaving aside Chris Mort, all Ashley’s senior figures have been clueless, incompetent, and probably crooked, one and all. Del-boy, Wise and co., Kinnear, Carr, Charnley. No intelligent owner of a PL club would touch that motley crew with a barge-pole, and based on their track record rightly so.

  • 15 toonincheek // Dec 11, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    The problem, surely, IS (or rather HAS BEEN) the transfer policy – because finances (i.e. Ashley) have ruled.

    Now, perhaps, since the summer, things are a bit different. We have had a start to a change but that needs to be maintained.

    So – I don’t blame all Ashley’s cronies too much (except Wise) – they were all implementing Ashley’s policy as instructed.

    Managers/Head Coaches have too much on their plate to get involved in the scouting/signing side of football, though they must have some input on who is/is not signed.

  • 16 Ron Knee // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Morning jesper

    If the above article is right, McClaren seems to be out of the loop on transfers. Depressing.

  • 17 John Tudor // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    geordie2 use superglue on your fingertips but let it dry first lol

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:20 AM


    The basic idea of our transfer policy I have no problem with, it’s the way it’s executed that bugs me!

    …it seems they have fundamentally misunderstood their own policy or the policy they are inspired by.

    No wonder it doesn’t work…they are even loosing money on it as well as performance is abysmal.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Morning Ron…if the above article is right, then I wonder why neither Carr not Charmless are working on deals…the above make it sounds as though they are all focused on only results?

    What’s Carr and Charmless responsibility in that? Isn’t that McClaren’s department?

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Can they not work until McClaren gets results?

  • 21 Ron Knee // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:39 AM


    I suppose it depends on results. If results improve – a mighty big IF – then I would expect less activity in January. Maybe a young player we’ve never heard of (‘One for the future’).

    I’m also pretty sure they would have to sell before buying so that makes things even more complicated.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Ron…wouldn’t you agree that for Charmless to sign any players he would have to do some work in advance and therefore the board should be informed?

  • 23 lesh // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:02 AM


    They’ll always be behind better-run clubs. We can glean from Charnley’s ticket-touting email where his priorities are!

  • 24 Ron Knee // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:07 AM


    I’ve just read this comment by Lee Ryder: ‘At Newcastle the chief scout identifies the weak areas of the team and then hands the players over to the manager.’ What drivel! Where’s the evidence that they’ve identified and addressed the main problems in the team?

    Do you think they have board meetings as such? It must be Carr driving the show in terms of identifying targets. Does he consult with McClaren?

    Oh to be a fly on the wall!

  • 25 firebug666 // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    The last time we were in a relegation battle in January, Ashley came in and done five deals to help secure prem status because Llambias was dragging his heels.

    Penfold has already stated that we will not do any business in the winter window because you cannot get value for money with clubs reluctant to sell their player unless the highest price is met.

    So will Ashley override his MD and demand signings to save his advertising board, or will Bishop already have Penfold’s excuse sheet typed out ready for release in February to explain to the masses why we bought no one in the January?

  • 26 lesh // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Why the seeming adorstion of Chris Mort? Wasn’t he one who was found to have lied to Keegan about his role in transfers?

  • 27 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Chris Mort was given the task of firing Allardyce.

    He had a a good relationship with Keegan.

    It was when Mort was replaced with Llambias that KK spat the dummy out

  • 28 Ron Knee // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:19 AM


    If we get no points from our next two matches, I suppose the panic button will be pressed. Whether this would lead to the sacking of McClaren and/or the purchase of new players, who knows?

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Spat the dummy out ? Constuctive dismissal was the legal term !

  • 30 firebug666 // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:21 AM


    It will always be the cheaper option, people don’t matter at our club only money.

  • 31 Ron Knee // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:29 AM


    I suppose if Ashley thinks the ‘advertising board’ is under threat we’ll probably see some action. The minimum they deem necessary, of course!

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Absolutely not he says, don’t be stupid he might have said instead, we’ll see where we’re at after these four games, so much for pushing on, it’s basically, if we’ve got 20 points with 19 played we’re on course, never mind Willo and Taylor leaving in the summer possibly and now is the time to replace them and bed new players in to avoid another sseason of turmoil.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    I’m surprised that you think it was Mashley getting personally involved that January that got those players signed, all he done was release the purse strings which he wasn’t prepared to do the previous summer.

  • 34 firebug666 // Dec 11, 2015 at 7:54 AM


    It was reported at the time that he was involved in the negotiations for some of those players, Either way it matters little, the fact is he got involved is some capacity to ensure the club had the best chance to stay up.

    Don’t misunderstand me here, I am in no way supporting that fat slimy piece of pig sh1t, as he is only interested in making money from our beloved club.

    But will he take a hand in this January to protect his adverts, and that could just mean telling Penfold to get his finger out.

  • 35 nufc 11 // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    AP siad it when he moved on, “The club buy players to suit the club and not the team”meaning its a buy for profit policy not for success thats why the club could care less about winining cups etc. players are thinking about showcasing their talents in the big games and with their counrty (Sissoko Jannatt etc.) playing away to palace on a wet day dosent really apeal to our mercenairies thats why we will always struggle. Cabaye was much more than a player for NUFC he was the go to one for new players the focal point, a mans man we really were going places that season we finished 5th if only the fat fool took his finger out who the fcuk would want to buy an nufc player they way they behave and the sesspit they come from all the shit they would bring with them to a new club “Oh well we got away with this and that at NUFC. Im not running im not tracking back its not my job bullshit Colo was a great captain he never pulled you on anything we got away with murder and still got our bonus and top ups that nufc is a soft touch”

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