Steve Harper was at Newcastle for 20 years after he was signed by Kevin Keegan back in 1993 from Seaham Red Star and in that time Steve made 199 first team appearances for the club.
For the last two years since leaving Newcastle, he’s been at Hull City where he played 31 times, but now is a free agent after his contract was not renewed by the relegated club.
Steve Harper – while at Newcastle
We expect Steve to come back to Newcastle at some point in the future as a coach, but until then he’s watching the club make a transition from Alan Pardew to Steve McClaren.
Steve thinks McClaren is a good coach but with the disastrous season Newcastle have just had, it’s very important we strengthen the side if we are not going to be fighting relegation for the third year in four next season.
This is what Harper has said today in the Shields Gazette:
“He needs backing, first of all,” “Last year obviously John Carver was in there and I think with the squad available to him, it was very tough for him.”
“They need to spend some money, and by all accounts they are going to.¨ “Hes a good football coach but McClaren needs money to spend.”
“Hopefully he can assemble a good staff and the owner and Board give him some money to spend.¨ “It would be great to see Newcastle back up in the top 10 where they belong.”
The upcoming season is extremely important for Newcastle and it’s a surprise that we are still looking for our first new player coming into the club with less than a week to go before pre-season begins.
There’s still plenty of time to go of course, but it’s always beneficial to get new players in early – so they can have a full pre-season.
That helps them to settle in quickly on Tyneside, so here’s hoping that still happens.
And from all accounts Newcastle will spend (big?) money summer.
Certainly there’s money readily available with £35M in the bank in January, and since then Newcastle have received £78M from the Premier League in May.
Now all we have to do is spend some of that money wisely this summer to strengthen the squad and bring in up to six new players.