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McClaren – Things Going On Behind The Scenes On Transfers

7:30 am, Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

It’s hardly surprising that Steve McClaren is not saying anything about our transfer business in January and who our targets may be.

The only Newcastle manager of fairly recent times who did his transfers via the press was Graeme Souness,  when he was at Newcastle for 20 months from September 2004 after replacing the sacked Sir Bobby Robson.

With Papiss Cisse likely missing the holiday games with his groin injury it would be a good time to bring in another experienced striker, but we don’t really know what Newcastle will do next month.

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Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson on the sidelines

But if we bring nobody in – as happened last January – that would be a huge surprise – and dangerous too – given we are 4th bottom of the league.

This is how Steve McClaren reacted yesterday when pressed on the transfer front:

“You know better than I do, that this is a private club that doesn’t do it’s business through the media or publicly.” “So there are things going on behind the scenes and we keep them very quiet.”

“Focus on the two games we have got before January opens and even then we keep everything private and confidential.”

“No doubt you will speculate as much as possible but we will say nothing is happening until it does.”

“Transfers – that is a discussion and that is private.”  “It is very private what we are doing at the moment.”

“We are not going to discuss it or speculate about players or anything.”  “Privately behind the scenes we are planning. Until things happen we will say nothing.”

“To be fair that is my policy.” “I don’t like speculation that we are going to do this or going to do that.”

“The window is not open.” “We still have two games before it opens.” “Believe you me we are talking all the time.”

“We don’t plan to do anything in public.”

That’s basically what Steve said the last time he was asked about the January transfer window and we’ll probably hear much the same words a few times in the next week or so.

It’s generally thought that Newcastle need to strengthen the spine of the team – center-back, a central play-maker in the mold of a Yohan Cabaye and striker.

We have also been linked heavily with Andros Townsend who usually plays out on the right wing.

Who Newcastle bring in next month will give us an indication of just how ambitious Mike Ashley is these days with Newcastle United.

Other clubs like Leicester City, Watford, West Ham and Crystal Palace seem to be leaving us behind – so we hope the club is willing to invest big time this January.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Press · Press Conference · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Defenders currently under contract:WilloColloTaylorDummettJanmattHaidaraMbembaFerguson?Youth players:MbabuLaschelleSterry???From memory that is at least 11 players currently contracted to the club which is probably why they are not interested in signing any new central defenders. Running with a surplus of players is the perfect excuse for Penfold to do nothing in the ‘difficult’ mid season window. Despite the promise to ‘make our own luck’ and the plainly obvious need for a proven left back. Schtevie is forced to cover the full back positions with the excess of cenral defenders, where as usually these positions are occasionally used to bring on young midfielders for first team experience. The perfect example of senior level decision making and inability, effecting matters on the pitch.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Lindisfarne…you name alot of injury prone players and players who’s contract either runs out or are not good enough!

    …no one believes that one-liner about us making our own luck 😉

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    I think if the first of the ‘Three Windows ‘ goes by without any meaningful activity, and ‘The Board’ demonstrates that it thinks we can avoid relegation with the current squad as a safe bet (no key injuries as well mind you!) then Ashleys Girls on here are going to have their work cut out convincing the realists, sorry, neggers that all is well and Good Ship NUFC is full steam ahead, not an iceberg in sight.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    That’s the catalogue pose up there. Steve is modelling the 80% wool single breasted sports jacket with single vent in black. Dry Clean only.

    One of a series of Eds ” Down to Business” pre-match pics. 🙂

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Btw Mould, Ed. Mold is down in Welshland or thereabouts. Cheshire I think.

  • 6 Bambams // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    I am sure we need to free up places in the squad to be able to make signings.
    Willo is obvious
    Obertan next obvious
    Marveaux will be another
    Riviere ain’t in his plans
    Others are on the injury list but our biggest problem will be the wages those four are on….Will they move or see out their contracts

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