Is This Proof Newcastle Are Now A More Ambitious Club?


Steve McClaren has finally talked about the January transfer window – now that it’s over – and during the window Steve wouldn’t say anything – he wouldn’t even admit we needed to bring a new striker in.

So it was overdone a bit but on the other hand you certainly don’t want to say which players you want in – because that could alert other clubs.

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Steve McClaren – thinks Newcastle have shown club is now ambitious

This is what Steve McClaren has said about what Newcastle fans think was a good transfer window:

“I think that getting Berahino would have been a bonus,” “It shows the ambition of the club.” “We’ve made four very good signings.”

“Lee Charnley and I talked about it yesterday and said if you’d predicted we’d sign the likes of Townsend and Shelvey, two top quality, young players, England internationals by the end of the window, we’d have said you were crazy. (this is called patting yourself on the back).”

“But we got them, added Henri and brought in Doumbia on loan at the death – he’s got experience of Champions League football. ” “He’s a goalscorer so I am absolutely delighted with what we have done.”

“It shows the ambition of the Board and the club. That’s what we set out to do from the beginning and we have carried it out.”

“We kept very quiet about our business and gone about it quietly but I think we’ve got very, very good recruitment.” “It shows a statement of intent about what we want to do.”

“Yes, without a doubt we now have enough firepower,” “What we’ve got in is enough to see us through and score goals.”

Over 90% of fans think it was a good transfer window for the club.

Has The January Transfer Window Been A Good One For Newcastle?

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And with Newcastle spending around £81M in the last two transfer windows – the most in the Premier League –  do you think this proves we are now a more ambitious club?

Are Newcastle Now A More Ambitious Club?

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284 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Is that Blackas behind him in hios North Face hoodie ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    There should be a sort of vote and not sure yet !

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sorry but the Bearhino saga on the last day was a load of bollox. We’d absolutely no chance and we new it.

    A much better window than I expected but not strengthening the defence was a major own goal.

    Don’t have a Scooby doo if we’ll stay up to be totally honest.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #4

    We’re ambitious enough to try and stay in the league, after that who knows

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #5

    McClaren ended his press conference with: “Hail wor Ashley!”.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Still accused of trolling? The grudges are really too strong on here. Such a shame…

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  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye yer right op, unlike Aston villa who just gave up lol

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #8

    I think the real ambition will be shown when we replace Maclaren with a much better model

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Sparky

    Like Cathro?

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Dizzy with success !

    Macca has talked the talk.. now let’s see if he can ..

    All we need is for the guys to play well and the coaches to do their job too. Yes we can survive – if we don’t have any more defensive meltdowns.

    Survival doesn’t usually equal ambition.

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  • dannitoon

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #11

    We will see how ambitious we are in the summer wondow…..if we stay up.. that might be it now for another 7 years.. Ashley splashed out 80m now ready to recoup £150m+ for the next infinite seasons

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Madison

    We’ve seen that Ashley tends to stick with the incompetents he appoints, but I wonder if it will be different this time if McClaren fails to deliver results quickly enough.

    Now that McClaren seems to be having some influence in the transfer market, the job of manager/coach at NUFC might be more attractive to less desperate candidates!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    optimistic prime

    i think that may be a little harsh, but i do understand why you have said it, but the guy came out at the end of last season and said he was bolting the cart to the horse, and i dont think he meant in just one window, so i will give him/them the benefit of doubt on this score, but what i think hits home a little more on this, he could have just went out and bought any 12mil players from what ever league, but he did try to add quality prem talents that have a point to prove,

    belfast,, im not sure you can say it was a show, the went in 3 times for a player with only 18 month on his contfract, that has hardly played and will more likely than not, not feature much for the rest of the season, and the last offer was 24 million, i guess the only way you could have backed your argument up was them accepting the offer, which pretty much every man and his dog thinks it was too much, but if they did accept, the only way out was a failed medical.. again im giving them the benefit of doubt on this one too.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    sparky

    lets see what he can do with this squad,, its his to throw away now

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #15

    RonKnee

    I’m not sure that Ashley will hold him to any higher standard than he did the others. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see the results and the impending managerial change (or not). Either way, I think the window was useful, showed that SM has a say in transfers and left us with a better squad.

    If we don’t get the LB and other defensive cover along with a CF this summer, then we are in real trouble as it’ll show nothing has been learned. Obviously that could change if Mitro hits good form or Perez/SDJ, but I still think a Cisse replacement/improvement has to be found for next season to be a success.

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  • Jib

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope the Guardiola news doesn’t effect Man Shitty at the Village of the Damned tonight !

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Madison

    By ‘deliver results’ I meant not get relegated.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Well it’s proof Ashley wants to be certain to escape the relegation zone again. Other than that, not so sure. Why no building of a decent defense? A 34 year old to lead the back four? We finally got rid of Williamson. Brilliant, but nobody to replace him. Saylor has to go as well. And Good has not panned out with all the injuries. A lot of work to be done in the summer if we are to be a mid table club. Hail mediocrity.

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    RonKnee

    Ha, got it. The ultimate result – keep the team up! He better do that with this squad.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Catchy…Damn right!

    With these new recruits I would only give him 5 games and if he’s not picked up more than 9 points from this games I’d have someone in reserve ready to pounce.

    New managers in most cases generate short term improved results and it may mean a managerial change to get us over the line…who knows but pressure definitely now on for sure.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Hopefully it’s just the start of a more consistent spending pattern. We need to regularly improve the squad and not just buy in bulk every 3 years. The summer will the proper judge of what we are looking to do but so far so good.

    Other clubs should be annoyed. Spurs fans the most. If they’d bought a couple of options up front and in midfield they could really challenge for the title. They are now relying entirely on Kane being fit the majority of the games to have any chance.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Mediocrity is a massive step in the right direction compared to where we are right now…I’ll take that as a baby step in a three year plan for premiership supremacy! 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Sliema -you posted this earlier on :-”
    Sliema // Feb 2, 2016 at 3:22 PM
    These arguments on the blog really are senseless. When the aliens land in a few hundred years and start uncovering the history of our internet they’re gonna find a few terabytes of absolute garbage from this blog alone. What a waste of time and effort. Life is too short ladies and gentlemen, it really is.”

    What do you mean when they land in a couple of hundred years – they are here now – and on the blog -infesting it.
    As well as the aliens on here there are quite a few space cadets as well.

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  • BandB

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah Sage, they must be furious.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Hopefully it’s just the start of a more consistent spending pattern. We need to regularly improve the squad and not just buy in bulk every 3 years. The summer will the proper judge of what we are looking to do but so far so good.

    Other clubs should be annoyed. Spurs fans the most. If they’d bought a couple of options up front and in midfield they could really challenge for the title. They are now relying entirely on Kane being fit the majority of the games to have any chance.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    i think that may be a little harsh, but i do understand why you have said it, but the guy came out at the end of last season and said he was bolting the cart to the horse, and i dont think he meant in just one window, so i will give him/them the benefit of doubt on this score, but what i think hits home a little more on this, he could have just went out and bought any 12mil players from what ever league, but he did try to add quality prem talents that have a point to prove,

    belfast,, im not sure you can say it was a show, the went in 3 times for a player with only 18 month on his contfract, that has hardly played and will more likely than not, not feature much for the rest of the season, and the last offer was 24 million, i guess the only way you could have backed your argument up was them accepting the offer, which pretty much every man and his dog thinks it was too much, but if they did accept, the only way out was a failed medical.. again im giving them the benefit of doubt on this one too.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Baby steps sparky mate. Ah yes I remember that from the movie What about Bob…. Yes the club under Ashley remind me of that movie. Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Leo Marvin aka Mike Ashley. A pathetic, sneaky weasel if ever there was one.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #28

    i think that may be a little harsh, but i do understand why you have said it, but the guy came out at the end of last season and said he was bolting the cart to the horse, and i dont think he meant in just one window, so i will give him/them the benefit of doubt on this score, but what i think hits home a little more on this, he could have just went out and bought any 12mil players from what ever league, but he did try to add quality prem talents that have a point to prove,

    belfast,, im not sure you can say it was a show, the went in 3 times for a player with only 18 month on his contfract, that has hardly played and will more likely than not, not feature much for the rest of the season, and the last offer was 24 million, i guess the only way you could have backed your argument up was them accepting the of much every man and his dog thinks it was too much, but if they did accept, the only way out was a failed medical.. again im giving them the benefit of doubt on this one too.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy…Damn right!

    With these new recruits I would only give him 5 games and if he’s not picked up more than 9 points from this games I’d have someone in reserve ready to pounce.

    New managers in most cases generate short term improved results and it may mean a managerial change to get us over the line…who knows but pressure definitely now on for sure.

    Reply

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Nope this is not proof…easiest question on here in days!

    So do we have a LB for tomorrow? I take it of Doumbia doesn’t make the game Evertons new lad won’t either so it’ll be Lukaku vs Mitro?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Blackley…From the previous thread…please, please, please tell me you have a YouTube link showing off your “skills”…

    So, I guess the transfer window post-mortem is all done by now…I didn’t vote on Ed’s poll, as usual, it didn’t really give an answer I was happy with. Was the window good in isolation, sure, so was the previous, but we can’t forget the disaster of the previous years, as that is what we’re repairing.

    Hopefully the summer purchases haven’t been beaten down too much and these new signings can give the club a much needed lift.

    Perhaps Steve can start getting some more results too.

    Not a whole lot of tinkering that can be done now until the end of the season. I suppose it’s nice knowing both Mourinho and Carver are available if needed…

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Steve McClaren – thinks Newcastle have shown club is now ambitious

    This is what Steve McClaren has said about what Newcastle fans think was a good transfer window:

    “I think that getting Berahino would have been a bonus,” “It shows the ambition of the club.” “We’ve made four very good signings.”

    “Lee Charnley and I talked about it yesterday and said if you’d predicted we’d sign the likes of Townsend and Shelvey, two top quality, young players, England internationals by the end of the window, we’d have said you were crazy. (this is called patting yourself on the back).”

    “But we got them, added Henri and brought in Doumbia on loan at the death – he’s got experience of Champions League football. ” “He’s a goalscorer so I am absolutely delighted with what we have done.”

    “It shows the ambition of the Board and the club. That’s what we set out to do from the beginning and we have carried it out.”

    “We kept very quiet about our business and gone about it quietly but I think we’ve got very, very good recruitment.” “It shows a statement of intent about what we want to do.”

    “Yes, without a doubt we now have enough firepower,” “What we’ve got in is enough to see us through and score goals.”

    Over 90% of fans think it was a good transfer window for the club.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Wally Blustermans statement that the Berahino bid showed great ambition is a crock.

    A Berahiono bid which was succesful would show ambition.
    Cynicism leads me to suggest they probably only bid because they knew West Brom were not going to sell.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Blackley…From the previous thread…please, please, please tell me you have a YouTube link showing off your “skills”…

    So, I guess the transfer window post-mortem is all done by now…I didn’t vote on Ed’s poll, as usual, it didn’t really give an answer I was happy with. Was the window good in isolation, sure, so was the previous, but we can’t forget the disaster of the previous years, as that is what we’re repairing.

    Hopefully the summer purchases haven’t been beaten down too much and these new signings can give the club a much needed lift.

    Perhaps Steve can start getting some more results too.

    Not a whole lot of tinkering that can be done now until the end of the season. I suppose it’s nice knowing both Mourinho and Carver are available if needed…

    Reply

    WWSBRD
    February 2, 2016
    Nope this is not proof…easiest question on here in days!

    So do we have a LB for tomorrow? I take it of Doumbia doesn’t make the game Evertons new lad won’t either so it’ll be Lukaku vs Mitro?

    Reply

    fcuksportsdirect.com
    February 2, 2016
    Catchy…Damn right!

    With these new recruits I would only give him 5 games and if he’s not picked up more than 9 points from this games I’d have someone in reserve ready to pounce.

    New managers in most cases generate short term improved results and it may mean a managerial change to get us over the line…who knows but pressure definitely now on for sure.

    Reply

    Reply

    fcuksportsdirect.com
    February 2, 2016
    i think that may be a little harsh, but i do understand why you have said it, but the guy came out at the end of last season and said he was bolting the cart to the horse, and i dont think he meant in just one window, so i will give him/them the benefit of doubt on this score, but what i think hits home a little more on this, he could have just went out and bought any 12mil players from what ever league, but he did try to add quality prem talents that have a point to prove,

    belfast,, im not sure you can say it was a show, the went in 3 times for a player with only 18 month on his contfract, that has hardly played and will more likely than not, not feature much for the rest of the season, and the last offer was 24 million, i guess the only way you could have backed your argument up was them accepting the of much every man and his dog thinks it was too much, but if they did accept, the only way out was a failed medical.. again im giving them the benefit of doubt on this one too.

    Reply

    GeordieTwo
    February 2, 2016
    Baby steps sparky mate. Ah yes I remember that from the movie What about Bob…. Yes the club under Ashley remind me of that movie. Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Leo Marvin aka Mike Ashley. A pathetic, sneaky weasel if ever there was one.

    Reply

    fcuksportsdirect.com
    February 2, 2016
    i think that may be a little harsh, but i do understand why you have said it, but the guy came out at the end of last season and said he was bolting the cart to the horse, and i dont think he meant in just one window, so i will give him/them the benefit of doubt on this score, but what i think hits home a little more on this, he could have just went out and bought any 12mil players from what ever league, but he did try to add quality prem talents that have a point to prove,

    belfast,, im not sure you can say it was a show, the went in 3 times for a player with only 18 month on his contfract, that has hardly played and will more likely than not, not feature much for the rest of the season, and the last offer was 24 million, i guess the only way you could have backed your argument up was them accepting the offer, which pretty much every man and his dog thinks it was too much, but if they did accept, the only way out was a failed medical.. again im giving them the benefit of doubt on this one too.

    Reply

    fcuksportsdirect.com
    February 2, 2016
    Hopefully it’s just the start of a more consistent spending pattern. We need to regularly improve the squad and not just buy in bulk every 3 years. The summer will the proper judge of what we are looking to do but so far so good.

    Other clubs should be annoyed. Spurs fans the most. If they’d bought a couple of options up front and in midfield they could really challenge for the title. They are now relying entirely on Kane being fit the majority of the games to have any chance.

    Reply

    BandB
    February 2, 2016
    Yeah Sage, they must be furious.

    Reply

    Mister Tuff
    February 2, 2016
    Sliema -you posted this earlier on :-”
    Sliema // Feb 2, 2016 at 3:22 PM
    These arguments on the blog really are senseless. When the aliens land in a few hundred years and start uncovering the history of our internet they’re gonna find a few terabytes of absolute garbage from this blog alone. What a waste of time and effort. Life is too short ladies and gentlemen, it really is.”

    What do you mean when they land in a couple of hundred years – they are here now – and on the blog -infesting it.
    As well as the aliens on here there are quite a few space cadets as well.

    Reply

    sparky55
    February 2, 2016
    Mediocrity is a massive step in the right direction compared to where we are right now…I’ll take that as a baby step in a three year plan for premiership supremacy! 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35

    BandB

    You not think so? Haha

    I just feel that with other sides struggling this is a great chance for them to push for the title.

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  • Jib

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    I suspect the Doumbia visa thing is a red herring.

    The last thing he needs is a start at a hostile Goodison park.

    Having said that some Russian stadiums can be daunting places to visit.

    Much better to allow him a second half entry at SJP on Saturday afternoon with us two goals up 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Is Steve McCarver up to it? We’re going to find out and it’s going to be too late to do anything about it if he’s not. Remember Shearer taking over with 8 games to go? Of course we would go after somebody with more management experience this time but we only have 15 matches left as it stands. If Ashley gives McLaren 5 more games and he gets 3-6 points from them what are the options? I suppose it all depends on what Norwich and Bournemouth do, not how bad we are necessarily.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    Not sure we are in a place where we could wait to give him a nice entrance at home. Think it must be true.

    Probably could do with a weeks training though to get used to the squad.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #39

    What title would we be pushing for Transfer mate? Best Not Quite Mediocre Team Struggling to Stay in the Prem? Is there silverware that goes with that? 😆

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  • BandB

    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Tuff

    My ambitious plans to buy a Ferrari keep falling through when I repeatedly fail to offer the amount of money they want.
    Just shows my ambition though.

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