It was good that we got the first signing through the door last night, when the club announced Henri Saivet of Bordeaux as our first signing and the club seems to have handled that deal well – and quickly too.
It came as a pleasant surprise when it was reported that Saivet was on Tyneside with his agent and that the fee and personal terms had already been agreed and all that was left was the medical which the Senegal midfielder passed.
Steve McClaren on the training field
That was another of Graham Carr´s signings, but it seems that there is a decent chance that a McClaren favorite – Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea – could be next through the door – and he would be a good signing for us.
Steve McClaren has finally talked about the transfer business and he says he knows what´s going on:
“It’s good to be on the Board because I know what is going on,” “Sometimes you don’t, so we are all involved in the process and we hope that we will get the job done in the transfer window.”
“We have been unlucky with injuries, for one, and there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes and a lot of discussions.”
“None of those are frustrated, angry – it’s kind of a process that we have got to go through and we are going through.” “Let’s see over the next two or three weeks what happens.”
“There are quite a few things I’d like but, as I say, we are talking about it, keeping our counsel, trying to do things quietly,”
“You just feel that you see it with a lot of theater going on, a lot of talk and a lot of clubs issuing what they are doing.”
“From my past experience, that can actually upset something – so we are quietly doing our business behind the scenes.” “It’s January and everybody knows it’s a difficult month.”
“Every club, whether you are top or bottom, is looking all the time and – if there’s an opportunity – it will be done.” “I suppose we are like everybody else.”
”What do we need in the second half?”
“On the field, we are working hard and I genuinely think the way the team is playing football, working, attitude, defending blocks – the players are giving everything.”
“Let’s see in the next two weeks what business gets done.”
We are always unlucky with injuries and it´s really not about luck – there´s something wrong somewhere, but I´m like a broken record on that – but injuries weaken our squad and the team we can put out every single season.
Tonight it´s Manchester United and we really need to start winning some games.