Newcastle United have been tipped to succeed under Steve McClaren by England Under 21 international Will Hughes.

The Derby midfielder believes that his former boss will bring success by playing attractive football, something he thinks McClaren achieved at Pride Park despite missing out on promotion.

Twenty year old Hughes has been regularly linked with a potential move to Newcastle United but then he isn’t exactly alone in that.

Last season, only the promoted trio of Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth scored more goals than Derby’s total of 85 under Steve McClaren.

Since his move to Newcastle was confirmed, there have been conflicting reports from fans of former clubs such as Middlesbrough and Derby, with Boro fans in particular seeming to view Steve McClaren’s style of football as a bit too negative, despite the relative success he brought to the club.

Obviously results are overwhelmingly the most important thing but the style of football is also important, which fans can testify to after watching the team under Sam Allardyce and the majority of Alan Pardew’s time at the club.

Speaking to Talksport, Will Hughes:

“Steve McClaren will do well at Newcastle.

“He’s helped me a lot and he has also helped the team last season, we became one of the best attractive footballing teams in the last couple of years.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned last years, so he (Steve McClaren) moves on, but I think he’ll do well at Newcastle.”



  • v0ices

    If we play attractive football it will be the first time McClaren has used it in his career as a manager.

  • toonfifer

    Don’t leave it to chance Will come and play for him at the Toon!!!

    A quality young player and the type we want…………….and he fits the business model.

    Sign Him On!!!!!!!!

  • Polarboy

    I don’t want to get onto this thing about Cathro being the next coming or whatever but hopefully he has been brought in for that side of things. Attractive football and tactical nous were reportedly the thing he had a hand in at Valencia.

  • toonterrier

    No matter how good Mclaren is as a coach if we haven’t got the players to do the business we’re going nowhere. Pre-season starts on Wednesday and we have the same dross that finished with a whimper in May and nearly got us relegated. So far nothing has changed other than a couple of back up men for McLaren unless of course he’s signed them as player coaches.

  • Kazie23

    And if we sack McClaren I would love to see Ian Cathro get the chance and I know for a fact he’ll do a great job

  • Kazie23

    I totally agree…He could wear the number 8 jersey too
    Get rid of Anita,Marveux and if we get Hughes I suggest we sell Tiote

  • Kazie23

    Come and join us!! Here at the toon Will

  • TeamGB

    Unless the cheque book comes out sooner rather than later then I can see SM resigning before a ball is kicked in anger. C’mon Mr. Charnely we’re waiting….!

  • Andgeo

    We couldn’t get him over the line! It’s too cold, he wanted realistically high wages (i.e. The going rate/prem norm), derby wouldn’t release him on a free even though charnley sent them a nicely worded memo by carrier pigeon.

  • Andgeo

    It’s got disaster written all over it, and the supporters will get the blame. Getting rid of ashley is the only way. Until he is gone it will be one embarrassment after another. Even if Cathro did a good job, ashley would try and sell him!!!

  • DownUnderMag

    TeamGB I think McClaren’s stock is still high enough that he can put himself in a position of power, not absolute power but certainly more than previous incumbants had.  When we got Pardew he was glad for a job, any job, so wasn’t going to speak out.  Carver was desperate to ingratiate himself with the owner so much he may as well pulled his trousers down and bent over.  Hopefully McClaren has a bit more bottle and speaks out over lack of signings or too many sales…I think he will get a lot of respect from the fans if he does and if he walks out i’m sure other clubs will take note and give him a chance as he clearly has ambition.