So, just what do I do, I promised myself and everyone else I would pack in if Steve McClaren was appointed…and now I am being reminded of that promise on a daily basis!

Well strangely enough, I was fairly impressed by his words to the chosen media few. Clearly he has ambition and while a top 8 finish is still conservative for a club of this size, it still represents massive improvement on what we have just witnessed.

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The club then stated something quite astonishing,  Steve McClaren will be ‘heavily incentivised to win a cup’ , incentivised ? It had me reaching for my dictionary, what does it mean? I am still not sure, but I think it is positive!

I don’t  know about anyone else but I might even settle for the FA cup 4th round, massive improvement once again, as for the league cup…well Pardew blew that last season at Spurs.

In all seriousness can anyone imagine the party if we do bring some silverware back to Tyneside, we got a timely reminder only yesterday that it is 46 (teleprinter – forty six) years since proper silverware was bought back here.

I have said before I do not want to die a trophy virgin, yet with each passing season and the knowledge that Gordon Lee (AKA the grim reaper)  is possibly just round the corner, that possibility is all too real.

The rumour mill is in full swing, talk of at least 5 centre forwards coming to Newcastle, three of them English, really?

If we get one through THAT door it will be a bonus, two would represent a major change of direction from the owner, three would be simply gobsmacking, but let us not forget they are just rumours, I await with bated breath.

Funny how these rumours have not yet mentioned a centre-half, unless you count overweight Man City fallen prospect Micah Richards, who as I write is destined for Aston Villa. We absolutely need two quality centre-backs.

As for midfield, I believe if we keep what we have then it might be enough, and while Yohan Cabaye would improve us in that department, I don’t want him back.

He chose to bench warm at PSG in much the same way Remy did at Chelsea, and contrary to the song – there was no riot when he left, why? Because he initiated his own move by going on strike!  After he left his mate sprinted out the door also, and amusingly enough spent most of the season horizontal on the Emirates treatment table – no thank you!

I want players who are going to put the effort in and want to play for that shirt, a bit of skill would not go amiss either, so again I wait with bated breath.

The next week or two should tell us a lot, players need to be signed now, not at the end of the window six  games in, new players need a full pre season so that come the big kick off, all are ready.

‘We demand a club that tries’ – is it going to happen? is it too much to ask? Is it just more false promises?

Back to the original question of whether I am renewing, well apologies to Prestondave and all the others that I lied to but I am going to give the benefit of the doubt to the new manager, and give it one more season at the theatre of comedy.

I am however going to forgo the pre season trips to the USA, quite simply I can’t afford it, but York and  Sheffield Utd  give us a good chance to get an early view of things,  so I will certainly be going to those 2 grounds, indeed York will be a new one for me!

I hope everyone is having a good summer, but remember first pre season game at The Heed Is only about 4 weeks away, is close season really this short this time round, if McClaren wants to gain our faith he better act quickly.

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