Steve McClaren believes that the most important point in his career, was when he was chosen to go to Manchester United as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Winning league titles and other trophies was a common occurrence for the Newcastle Head Coach and the players he coached at Old Trafford.

Now Steve McClaren thinks he can bring that same winning environment and culture to St James Park.

The new NUFC boss says that the best piece of advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave to his assistant was ‘always be yourself’.

McClaren is certainly talking a good game after being appointed, going on to say that it is vital for the team to make the fans feel proud every week and to put a smile on their faces.

Steve McClaren talking to the official club website:

“I think the breakthrough for me was working at Manchester United, just seeing at the top level what it takes to win leagues, what it takes to win trophies.

“Always be yourself was the advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave me, just be yourself.”

Creating a winning culture:

“He told me to go out there and manage and develop players, create a winning attitude and create a winning environment and culture.

“I’ve experienced that and I want to use it to help people achieve that. To achieve the objectives that Mike Ashley wants to achieve and that is top eight and to win a trophy.”

Winning trophies:

“I have won a couple of trophies before and I want to win more. When you experience them not just as a club, but as a crowd, as a town, as a community – it is absolutely fantastic….and it’s great that this club wants to achieve those kind of things.

“We need to put a smile on the fans’ faces and make them feel proud every Saturday, every Tuesday, or whenever we play.”

Interesting to hear what Steve McClaren says about what a football club can do for the whole community when it is successful.

As fans we all dream/speculate as to just how mad it would be if the club did win something.

The clock is now ticking to see if Steve McClaren’s belief in the backing he will get from Mike Ashley will prove to be reality.

In exactly eight weeks time the new Premier League season kicks off.

As we speak, the new Head Coach still needs to appoint backroom staff and bring the players in who can transform lasts season’s near disaster into something that will lead to the success Steve McClaren that talks about.

Actually Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t be a bad chooice as an assistant to Steve McClaren….