Just over a week since Steve McClaren was appointed head coach at Newcastle United and there has been much talk of who will join the club in the coming days and weeks.

With the fixtures released yesterday, it will be interesting to see what shape we will be in for our first pre season game at Gateshead only three weeks away as from tomorrow.

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Despite no incoming transfers as yet, there has been much change to the make-up of the club off the pitch.

Gone are Steve Stone and John Carver, who some blame for the club’s fall from relative mid-table security to a perilous relegation dog fight. With it looking likely to be Paul Simpson, McClaren’s assistant at Derby, and/or former Middlesbrough/Sunderland star Bolo Zenden.

Mike Ashley has resigned from the board with club legend Bob Moncur part of the newly formed gang of four, alongside Graham Carr, Lee Charney and McClaren. The first time a Newcastle head coach has been part of such a structure.

Steve McClaren argues that this is a format he is used to, and one he’s excited to be a part of, hopefully one that will bear fruit when it comes to player recruitment.

Not all of our fans are pleased with McClaren and would have preferred Michael Laudrup, Frank de Boer, Patrick Vieira or David Moyes, however, McClaren sounds positive in what he wants to achieve for Newcastle. Declaring he wants to win a trophy and have a team that we are proud of, that fights and wants to play free flowing attacking football.

After disaffection felt towards Pardew in the last few years at St James with banners and protests demanding his removal as manager, 2015/2016 feels like a new beginning.

With a new board, money to spend and a new head coach, the signs are good positive of a huge improvement on last season.

Actions speaks louder than words and talks of a budget in the region of £40 million, if then spent in the right places, would go a long way towards reassuring the doubters that things are on the up once again.