It seems a long long two and a half months since Newcastle United invited their latest preferred media partner, to be the only newspaper to meet Steve McClaren at his unveiling as the new manager/head coach.

After that exclusive access, the Daily Mirror published an….exclusive, stating that Charlie Austin was a ‘done deal’ for United and that Saido Berahino would follow him to St James Park.

On 12 June 2015, this is how it was reported on The Mag:

‘Wednesday afternoon saw the Daily Mirror be named a ‘preferred media partner’ by the club and only they and Sky Sports allowed to speak to Steve McClaren at his ‘press conference’ unveiling.

Now leading with a headline of ‘Austin deal done, Berahino next’, the Mirror state that ‘Charlie Austin will become Newcastle’s first summer signing in the next week’.’

With the closing of the Summer transfer window on Tuesday, the Daily Mirror have published their assessment of Newcastle United’s transfer window, a transfer window of course that was ‘exclusive’ of both Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino.

The club’s preferred media partner has ranked United’s transfer window as worse than 14 other Premier League clubs, with only the three promoted clubs and Sunderland (20th) rated as having carried out worse business than Newcastle.

They give credit for the signings of both Wijnaldum and Mbemba but that is where the positive news ends.

The Daily Mirror claim that Newcastle have problems in both full-back positions, with also potentially short of numbers in midfield.

As well as questioning whether Florian Thauvin will turn out to be another Remy Cabella, they refer to Mitrovic as a ’15 red card a season striker’, our new Duncan Ferguson apparently.

Like the rest of you I’m just glad to get the transfer window out of the way and hoping the new signings will quickly adapt and show they can take Newcastle forward once again.

Daily Mirror 2 September 2015:

‘On the one hand, Magpies must be pleased that Mike Ashley has finally deigned to open his chequebook after years of weird Wonga austerity. Georginio Wijnaldum certainly looks like a fine addition, while the early signs are that Chancel Mbemba will be a big hit.

On the other, there remain issues unaddressed. Full-back is an area of concern, with Daryl Janmaat rash and Massadio Haidara only know (Ed:Their spelling) beginning to nail down a regular spot. An injury to Wijnaldum or Jack Colback would leave them light in midfield, too.

Up front, Aleksandar Mitrovic could be the man to finally provide some consistency. He looks fully capable of being the 15-red-card-a-season striker they’ve been looking for Duncan Ferguson left. Oh, and Florian Thauvin could be a good acquisition, but they said that about Remy Cabella…’

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