There has already been talk of it being more evolution than revolution with Steve McClaren’s appointment (any time now) at Newcastle United.

Whilst other names that had been mentioned such as Laudrup, de Boer and Vieira were perceived by fans as likely to demand major changes and the freedom to wheel and deal in the transfer market themselves, the perception on McClaren is that he will be more willing to accept the status quo at NUFC and work within the current way of doing things.

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Whether this is the right way to fix things we are about to find out.

However, after the initial headlines of targeting (relatively) big name strikers such as Austin, Ings and others, the local press are now pushing the message out that maybe things won’t change as dramatically as most of us hope, with talk of Steve McClaren having the challenge of getting more out of what is already there at Newcastle – with new signings more of a top up on that.

The weekend saw talk of what a returning Sylvain Marveaux could maybe do with a fresh start etc etc.

The Frenchman has managed only 13 Premier League starts for Newcastle in four years and whilst he has seemingly done ok in the less competitive Ligue 1, the fact remains that he started a very average 19 league matches last season but only lasted the 90 minutes in five of those.

A risky signing by Mike Ashley as he was recovering from a bad injury, Marveaux remains what he is. A player who looks to have a bit of ability but far too fragile and lacking the discipline or commitment to make it in the Premier League.

This morning brought the focus onto a player at the other end of the spectrum in terms of his approach to the game.

All of the local press are running the same story, which suggests it has been fed to them by the club, saying that Steve McClaren’s top priority is to sort out Cheick Tiote and get him back into the team as a central part of the side moving forward.

Like many of his teammates (Krul, Coloccini etc), Tiote hasn’t been the same player since that 2011/12 season when United finished fifth.

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His performance on and off the pitch has plummeted in recent times, last season only managing ten league starts with the midfielder looking a shadow of his former self. The fact he started making more headlines on the front pages with multiple weddings and the champage in the car incident summed him up for most fans.

The predictable story emerging is that McClaren thinks he can get Cheick Tiote back to what he was for him when he managed the player at FC Twente.

Already it is looking like an awful lot of things will need to fall right for McClaren and Newcastle, if countng on what is already at the club is going to be  a core part of what we rely on this coming season.

Cheick Tiote has only managed 118 Premier League starts in five years at St James’ Park, with a return of one PL goal and 47 yellow cards as well as that 1 red against Sunderland.

With 23 days until pre season begins it will be interesting to see who lines up at the training ground on 1 July.

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