McClaren Signals Change In Policy At Newcastle

Steve McClaren was asked yesterday if Newcastle were going to sell Ayoze Perez this month and at most other clubs that would be nonsense to sell one of your best players half way through the season.

But not at Newcastle – and we have done in the past with Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye and have not even replaced them, so it wouldn’t be something new at Newcastle.


Ayoze Perez going nowhere – well at least in January

And we wont even mention we sold Davide Santon last January on the last day of the window and then had a left back problem for the rest of the season as Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara both picked up injuries.

Given the silly things Newcastle have done in past January transfer windows – it’s hard to accuse the club of being well run.

So we wont.


Both Tottenham and Manchester United are said to be interested in signing young Perez and McClaren was asked if he wanted to keep hold of the youngster this month.

This is how he responded to that question:

“Absolutely!” “We are not losing our best players in this window.” “He has been great. There is a lot more to come.” “He needs to be more consistent but he has great potential.”

“It is his second year. He scored a great goal last week against West Ham United.” “He needs to score more and get more assists and be more consistent.”

“But he is not going anywhere.” “We are happy with the squad at the present moment. We are concentrating on the games.”

“I think every club will be looking and going: ‘We need some more, I would like this, I would like that.’”

“Again, we will have to wait and see. There are 10 days to go, it’s a difficult window, and we have Watford this weekend.”

“But you never know in January, you just never know.” “We have always talked behind the scenes.”

“I don’t think it was rocket science to see what was required and what we are trying to do this month – given our position in the table.”

Cheick Tiote’s move to Shanghai Shenhua will probably go through this month and there has been interest in Moussa Sissoko from Italian club Naples.

But we don’t expect any good players to leave this month.

The real test will come in the summer and we’ll see then if we can hold onto the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum should some huge bids come in from the big clubs.

That will be the acid test and whether our policy of making money whenever we can – has indeed changed.

We have seen in the past when relegation threatens that Newcastle move into action and do things we should be doing all the time – like signing good players aggressively.

And not just when we are threatens with relegation.

And if we are to become a (very) good side again we need to keep the good players we have and then sign two or three more top players this summer.

The likes of PSV Eindhoven left-back Jetro Willems is the type of player we’d like to see join us this summer.

That’s always assuming we will still be  Premier League side by then.

A win at Watford this afternoon can help make that become a reality in May.

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55 comments so far

  • f

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    “We are happy with the squad at the present moment.”

    business done?

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    2sing in the corner // Jan 23, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    this lad at this time just doesn’t feel right for me.
    He has this reputed attitude, and it’s patently obvious that if he had a reasonable choice he wouldn’t be coming anywhere near us. It’s a big risk…It might not take much to huff him again then we have another bunch of dressing room discord.
    In my view, if Townsend and berahino are the only ones our lot are going for i’d rather not bother with either of them, and take my chances til the summer. I think we need bodies in, but not these two. Spend the money on a versatile defender..

  • defenders needed

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3 See everyone can see we need defenders why aren’t we purchasing them.

  • firebug666

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    When we build a squad around our better players and replace those sold with players who can improve the team, then I will start to believe that we have changed our transfer policy.

    If this Berahino is such a bad character and upsets the dressing room why do we want him?

  • BandB

    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m expecting a controversial game today.
    I can’t imagine Shelvey will have to do much to pick up a card.
    Good luck if you’re on the road. Hope you get your money’s worth.

  • toon kk

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Perez will make a fab striker when we’re playing in the championship next season.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d rather players like Shelvey and Betihinio with a bad attitude over players like colo and Sissoko who don’t give a toss.

    Is it such a bad thing to want to progress or play games?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon kk,
    I’ll never forget the little sh!t last year away at Hull who was telling some Hull fans that we were 260M in debt before Ashley took over, he proudly explained that we’ll never be relegated under Ashleys ownership. This is despite already being relegated and halfway through a second one at the time. I can only think his logic was that he was rich enough to buy us out of trouble. So for him it was perfectly acceptable to be put through the mill by our greatest ever owner as long as we never go down.

  • elgeordie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I remember some ‘cynical’ person on this blog predicting at the start of the season McClaren would come out and say some players returning from injury would be like ‘new signings’, alas they were right.

  • firebug666

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10


    I like players with attitude, but only if it benefits the team, we don’t know the story with Berahino, but if he is one of those who thinks he’s better than he is, and better than the team then surly we should stay clear.

    I would think that the last thing we need is someone in the dressing room who is capable of dragging the moral of the players down.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    No Steve it’s not rocket science but it was for the club prior to this window apparently!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Are people really amazed with the club so far this window?

    It closes in a week or so and we still haven’t addressed our real problems…

  • JDdubai

    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Regarding the direction our transfer are going, since McClaren came in:
    Mitrovic – happy with him
    Wijnaldum – superstar
    Mbemba – fantastic – only get better too
    Thauvin – I dont think he has been given a fair crack, looking at him and his build we must have prepared for him taking a while to adapt to the PL. Anyway so far a fail.
    Shelvey – good start, potentially one of our missing pieces
    Saivet – Lets see

    So since last summer Id say 1 out of 6 is a bad choice which in terms of transfers at any club isnt a bad %.

    Plus we seem to be looking for another 1 or 2 now and if we dare to believe, this summer will see more developments.(Just need to stay up).

    And it feels good to be in a January window and all the talk is about who we are signing rather than which star will be sold.

  • AncientC

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    “I don’t think it was rocket science to see what was required and what we are trying to do this month – given our position in the table.”


    “A science teacher friend of mine once told me that the rocket science phrase is quite inappropriate as there is nothing much simpler than rocket science.
    Basically you sit a capsule full of people on top of a controlled explosion and WHOOSH !!!!”

    nufcblog dot com.

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    I think jib’s science teacher friend got rocket science and terrorism mixed up.
    They say you can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps

  • NoahJ

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    slightly off-topic, but mentioned in this blog:

    Tiote for £8m, to me, is a great deal for NUFC

    However, tiote for £4m, I just feel that’s not enough for what we could get for the same amount to replace him. we are in a relegation scrap, and he’s practically our most experienced player (colo aside). I just think he’s worth keeping if we’re only going to get £4m for him (which I know would be basically £0m in the summer, and he’s on high wages)

  • AncientC

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Oh well… it is game day, so, there will be no transfer baloney for at least 1 day.

    btw, did you know that Andros Townsend’s stats are not great, and… sometimes he cuts inside and shoots over the bar?

  • toontaff2

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    2 teams on bad runs – Watford and Crystal Palace – maybe surprise relegation candidates?

  • nut meg

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    20 years loyal service & people slag him off for getting a short term job at the age of 40yrs, ….shakes head

  • Sav

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Any ambitious coach worth his salt ought to be looking to build a team around a lad like Perez. Not for sale this month? wtf???

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Speaking to a mate last night who is a Spurs fan.

    Mention we wanted to pay £10m Levy wanted £14m for Townsend.

    He burst out laughing. Even at the idea of £10m for him.

    Obertan is probably as good in the prem. Townsend is all pac. He cuts in and shoots from stupid distance. That’s why he’s nowehere near the Spurs team.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    If we can keep carr away from noncy french wingers we have a chance. Also full backs who cant defend (santon) and central defenders who aresoft and cant head ( mbiwa). If he puts physical power and / or pace as his first principal ( mbemba, mitro, gini, sissoko ) we have a chance to build something. I have seen enough of saivet to believe he will do well here so u can hang me out if he turns into another marveux.

  • Thump

    Jan 23, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    “its not rocket science to see what we need”

    Oh, so you’re bringing in a defender?

  • Sliema

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m not that bothered that Harps has signed for the mackems. It’s upto him and as others have pointed out 20 years loyal service means we shouldn’t really have much to day about it. He won’t get a game anyway.

    I personally would never put on that shirt.

  • Sliema

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26


    Hahahaha. Erm nope. You gotta lurve all these centre mids.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27


    I agree, no one really knows what’s went on.

    If he was promised his move then it was scuppered by WBA then he probs is knarked. I don’t see that as having a bad attitude, if someone went to the bar and promised me a pint of Stella but I got a half of Carling instead I’d be knarked to.

    Just seems to me if a player isn’t 100% happy after a bit of drama then he’s a trouble maker.

    Has he been doing a Sissoko, courting CL teams in every paper/magazine?

    Special action from everyone, even me.

  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    AncientC and Sutty stick to footy lads

    This was the easiest of 5 BBC kids easy science experiments

    BBC i Science

    B and B

    Not often you and I agree , but twitter has me shaking my head at least once a week !!!
    I can see someone powerful causing it to be closed down .
    Free speech MEH

  • carl

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    What are our real problems? Kindly explain as I find you asking more questions than providing answers. What experience of management in any field do you have? Have you played football at any level?
    What in particular would you personally bring to the job should you be appointed as an adviser to the NUFC transfer committee?
    Are you available in January and between July and August annually for the foreseeable future.?
    Yours in Sport.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #30


    On a similar thread, Is it right that a ex employer isn’t allowed to give a bad reference? Doesn’t have to be good but it can’t be damaging?

    If that is the case does Pullis and WBA saying he’s bad at time keeping has a bad attitude etc on national tv not count as a bad reference?

    Just a thought, not a good one but a thought


    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    on haper, good luck to him…i cant blame him he needs some time on pitch rather than sitting home doing nothing, so cant fault him….

  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    It was the same with Shay Given he gave us 12 years , 350 games , was Player of the season 3 times and some fans still got on his case because he took a huge payday at Man City.
    There are some idiots on twitter !

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Op, no because he still works there, it’s not a reference it’s just a comment about one of the clubs employees. If it was untrue then I’m sure Berahino would have something to say about it but it probably is true so just stating a fact.

  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Oh dear we have Ed Balls on Fletch and Sav this morning trying to be one of the lads and trying to catch the footy vote for Jezza.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Any advice guys on fantasy premier league. Dont know who to put captain this week. Torn between Aguero and Lukaku. Btw Aguero is away to West Ham and Lukaku is Home to Swansea.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36


    Just find it strange that Pullis or WBA can say anything yet the player has a bad attitude if he comments or reacts.

    I try not to buy into what others say about players at other clubs, Barton was never a pick of bother here, unless you ask Ashley.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #37

    As a teacher who has did the vinegar and bicarb rocket experiment with 6-9 year olds just before Christmas I can sssure Jeff that the principles of science may be simple but the dynanics are extremely complex. They came up with all sorts of real problems covering gravity, atmosphere, temperature of chemicals, relative volumes, friction, and just basic engineering issues. Just as well for our collective future that my bunch of primary kids proved to be more intelligent than Jeff.


    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #38


    yea realy sad, few of our fans are realy nuts,

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    * has done

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Carl…this one has become a blog standard to the blog pest Jeff, but fits you as well it seems:


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