Steve McClaren believes that in 14 months time, Newcastle United ‘should have a damn good team’.
Speaking to ‘preferred media partner’ The Mirror, the Newcastle Head Coach says that after talks with Mike Ashley, the backing is there to buy Europa League/Champions League players.
McClaren indicates that Newcastle are going for players valued at £10m+ which he says helps create delays because of the competition.
“We are close and we are working very hard behind the scenes. When you buy players for £0-5m, there are loads of them and in that respect Newcastle would be top of the tree. At £5-10m, there’s a lot of them, and we would be right up there.
“When you go £10m+, and there is a lot of speculation about that level of player at the moment, and they are Europa League and Champions League players at top clubs, there are not so many players in that bracket, so the competition is higher.”
Asked if United had targeted three or four £10m players…
“That would be nice. “Yes, I think the targets we have talked about, and the positions to improve, we are talking about one, two, three, four, five – they don’t all have to be top ones.
“The process is ongoing and believe you me there is a massive willingness from the club to spend, but not spend foolishly.
“I have came in and looked at the plan and looked at the calibre of players (targets) and said ‘Wow!’ We’ve expressed our objectives. Mike Ashley said; ‘Go on, fulfil it’.
“We have talked a lot about the next three windows being huge, massive, for us. In a year’s time, after our third transfer window, we should have a damn good team, that’s purely because we are looking at players above a certain bracket.”
With only four weeks until the start of the season, bringing in just that first credible signing will do so much to lift everybody.
The problem at the minute for Steve McClaren is that we have heard all this before.
Promises made and raised expectations, only to be dashed by reality.
Maybe even more than the fans, McClaren also needs that first credible new player. Not just to do the obvious of improving the team but also to reassure everybody that he isn’t just going to be a mouthpiece along the lines of Kinnear, Pardew and Carver.
Nobody really believes that is the case yet but we need to see Steve McClaren pictured next to the new signing(s) before we can all start to move on a little.