What Steve McClaren adds to the Newcastle Board is pure common sense and maybe if Steve can keep us up this season he´ll still be around in the summer and have some impact on the Newcastle transfers.
It looks like he had some influence last month in bringing in both Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey and both made a massive difference yesterday when Newcastle looked a good side.
It surprised us just how good Newcastle were yesterday but we´ve been up and down all season.
We were very up yesterday thank goodness and got the win and let´s just hope we are not very down at Stanford Bridge next Saturday.
Michael Carrick – free agent this summer?
There´s news today in the Chronicle that Steve would want local lad Michael Carrick of Manchester United when he becomes free in the summer even though Michael a former Wallsend Boys player who joined the West Ham Youth Academy – will be 35 in July.
The Chronicle is reporting that Michael Carrick would consider a move to his home town club to end his sparkling career at West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Micheal´s contract runs out at the end of June and he could decide to leave the Red Devils who he joined ten years ago.
It seems Steve McClaren rates Michael highly but this would go right against Newcastle´s policy of signing players 26 years old or younger, although some exceptions are always possible.
The questions we would have is how long the contract would be for – two years probably – and how much is Michael earning?
He would become an expensive player if he is not playing regularly in the Newcastle team although his form this season suggests he´s still a very good player.
And Newcastle would know what they were getting – a very experienced top player – and one of the best players to come out of Newcastle.
And we saw yesterday how important experience is in the team, with Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote both having very influential games for us.
We even looked a (very) good side yesterday.
Michael could be a decent player to have for a couple of years – and we do expect 29 year-old defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote to leave Newcastle in the summer.
It´s an interesting proposition.
Michael Carrick has played 402 times for Manchester United with 22 goals and 35 assists and during his career he has made 612 total appearances with 30 goals and 41 assists.
That´s some record of accomplishment right there.