Claims that Steve McClaren will be signing up today as Newcastle United’s new manager/head coach, look well wide of the mark.

A number of local and national journalists had claimed that today would see Newcastle at last make an appointment after 163 days of waiting, but that wait looks certain to be extended by at least a day or two.

Contrary to the speculation, I have spoken to a couple of well placed journalists who confirm no appointment will be made today, whilst the Mail’s Craig Hope says that Steve McClaren isn’t even in the UK and is still on holiday.

Whilst it still looks a knocking bet that the former Boro and England boss will be appointed, there are still said to be minor issues to iron out.

Where Mike Ashley is concerned, you would never be surprised at what ‘minor’ terms Steve McClaren is having to sign up to.

Sky Sports, who are usually in the know where NUFC are concerned, have just now revised their suggestion of when an announcement will be made.

The broadcaster saying they anticipate it will happen within the next 48 hours, which could take it up to as late as Thursday. If that is the case, McClaren would then have a 20 day wait until pre season training begins and 58 days until the Premier League season kicks off again.

Whether the ‘minor’  issues that needed sorting out involve any changes to the coaching team remains to be seen.



  • Derbys new manager signed up when he was out of the country.Could Newcastle have done the same with McLaren?There must have been talks.Perhaps there has been a hitch. We will wait and see.

  • Tony Green

    I’m happy to wait in the hope that I wake up and find it was all a hideous nightmare.

  • KevinHarland

    I’ll get behind the man and give him a chance. My concern now is whether enough faces will come through the door as a paper thin squad is now even thinner after the release of Ryan Taylor and Jonas. If the squad is good enough by the start of the season, I reckon we’ll do alright under McClaren. He’s tactically better than Pardew so if the squad is good enough, we’ll get results. I wont watch his interviews though as his face and voice grate on me.

  • NUFC1892

    KevinHarland  Nice to hear someone actually saying they’ll get behind him rather than all those who have got the knives out for him before he starts. It’s still not definite but as you say let’s give him a chance, would people have John Carver in charge again?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Davey h Obviously, Easy Jet doesn’t fly to wherever he is.

  • KevinHarland

    NUFC1892 KevinHarland No way. Carver was tactically poor and made, in my opinion, some terrible selections. Carver took us from top 10 to relegation fodder in a matter of months and we were lucky to stay up. I’d rather have Joe Kinnear back than give Carver another chance. I couldn’t watch our games under him, they were dreadful.

  • septicgashrash

    at last we may have a manager that prides himself on what some may call negative football but at least we won’t concede another 63 goals next season which will let the attack do their job instead trying to defend badly

  • Brian Standen

    I am fed up with all the negativity, unfortunately I can’t say anything to the contrary, I saud a week or so ago if he got the job I would consider my season ticket position! I only see a manger who had potential a few years ago who ened up failing……another David O’Leary, John Gregory,Alan Curbishley and dare I say it Alan Pardew, all had potential but achieved not a lot! For the record I am confident Palace will fall apart next season……..alongside us!

  • Demented_Man

    I’d laugh my backside off if Schteve turned them down at the last minute.  He’s definitely quibbling, which Fat Boy and Penforld won’t be used to.  There might be hope for Carver yet.

  • v0ices

    Sickandtiredstill Davey h it all uses up time in the closed season to help ensure we dont get players over the line a day wasted is a days wages saved too.

  • JohnyH

    Give him a chance?
    He’s just another yes man.
    We’ll sign a few average players and finish mid table if we’re lucky. Needless to say we won’t bother with the cup competitions.
    Ashley will be happy with that, the money keeps rolling in.
    Boycott is the only thing to do. he’s taking your money and giving you no commitment to compete in return. You’re being ripped off if you buy a season ticket.

  • ab78

    I give up on this site. It’s like negativity is some measure of purity as a supporter and it’s just tiresome. How about we celebrate the appointment of a new manager, admit when wrong and look forward to supporting the team in a new season? A novel idea, I know.

  • TheBoneYard

    minor issues, maybe, have just been resolved…….byebye carver and stone……..now come on McClaren show some real bottle and get Cashley to spend big wads. There seems to be a discontent amongst a fair few fans at the pending McClaren appointment, but looking at his club record it aint too bad and has a good reputation among players. Got to give him a chance and see how it goes, stumbling blocks are obviously Ashley and the fact he has been away from the top division for a long time.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    ab78 Not really. But what is there actually to look positively at yet? They have sacked two people who should never have been promoted above there station nor given the responsibility they had.
    The man who did so remains (at this time) in his position though plainly he is equally as culpable.
    The model remains the same.
    We have no manager/HC as yet and as has just been proven, the press know no more than we do.
    If you believe McClaren is coming, and we turned down Garde, Vieira etc etc coz they wanted their own staff – then that’s another lie that’s just been busted.
    Maybe a lot of us, after 8 years, just don’t see anything to be positive about in any of Ashley’s schemes.

  • KevinHarland

    ab78 It’s ridiculous. People could at least wait until the window is shut and we’ve played a few games before deciding the world is drab and bleak. It’s definitely Ashley’s last chance to back the team though. If he doesn’t spend this summer then we’ll never trust him ever again, but I honestly think he meant what he said and we’ll be a much better side than last season with a coach that will prepare us well. We won’t hit the heights some of these deluded fans think we should but I’ll be happy with progress. A top 10 finish and a cup run (for once) would be a successful season in my eyes, even if we win nothing.

  • Chemical Dave

    “Get behind our new manager”. Music to Ashley’s ears. Another patsy employed that nobody wants another year wasted. Eight years, eight years ! Bet you brolly is absolutely bewildered, sacked by a championship club after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and yet he’s now seen by fatty as the man to break into the top four…Haha, whey aye.

  • Chemical Dave

    I take it back, welcome Steve, champions league here we come !

  • ab78

    Sickandtiredstill ab78  I understand that. But let’s at least try and get behind whoever it is. The likelihood is McClaren, but I don’t know. If it is him, then he’s had more success than we’ve had in fifty years. That doesn’t mean we’re suddenly set to top the table, but we need to be realistic about where we are. None of the water that has passed under the bridge is the fault of Steve McClaren. Protest Ashley, yes, but not a new manager who has done nothing wrong.

  • ab78

    KevinHarland ab78  Exactly mate. If we give the cup a go and make the top ten, then that’s progress. I’d love the Keegan days back as much as anyone (though some on here even have issues with those times) but we are where we are. 
    Let’s try once more to be all in it together.

  • ab78

    Chemical Dave  Yeah, because that’s what I meant. Clearly we’re not in a position for that. A dose of realism is needed.

  • ab78

    Chemical Dave  Why be so destructive?

  • Chemical Dave

    Why ? Due to the last eight years, how’s that for you? And if I’m wrong this time next year I’ll buy you a steak dinner, how’s that sound ?

  • Chemical Dave

    Not realism that despite this club continuing to remain in the top 25 of the worlds richest clubs, that fans should hope the owner would match his final day rhetoric by appointing a manager whose career path is not heading south.

  • Porciestreet

    Chemical Dave Hung drawn and quartered before we even kick a ball , nee wonder the country thinks we’re al mental up north.

  • Porciestreet

    Sickandtiredstill ab78  I think sceptical is the best word, Sick” and I shall remain so untill something changes. Stone Cold Steve deserves a chance though before we hall him up to Gallowgate and strech his neck…..”

  • Porciestreet

    KevinHarland NUFC1892 Oooooooh, Wash your mouth out with soap……!

  • KevinHarland

    He’s won the cup with Boro and the league with Twente. Two reams that had no right to win anything. Just give him a chance and see what he can do with backing and a bit of cash. It’s a sensible appointment at this stage of our development. The wingebag fans calling for a managers head before he’s had a chance is doing my head in. Even with Pardew we always looked safe if not anything special, yet you forced him out and Carver nearly got us relegated. Just see if Ashley keeps his word then decide how you feel. It’s no wonder other clubs take the piss out of us cos even I find some of the attitude of our fans embarrassing. It’s like the great depression round here sometimes, which I know has been justified, but right now it’s not justified.

  • Chemical Dave

    It is justified, I read sanctimonious crap like this when he appointed Joe Kinnear as manager. “We should get behind him and show our support”. Rubbish. If you’re impressed with brollys credentials you must’ve been thrilled when we gave souness was appointed, were you ? Yes or no ?

  • Chemical Dave

    People in derby you mean ? How many premier league clubs would’ve wanted him ?

  • WallaceWilson

    If McClaren was a continental and had taken a small provincial club to a UEFA Cup Final, won a domestic trophy, managed his national team before winning the Dutch League with another unfancied team I think expectations might be higher even if he had a few bumps in the road along the way. We need to try to look at this without prejudging the outcome

  • TheBoneYard

    Chemical Dave how many decent managers would realistically have came here ?, would you care to name your preferred choices.

  • toonlol

    Chemical Dave it’s your opinion , but don’t try and put down other fans who want to get behind the team, club.
    It’s people like you who probably moaned about Pardew and Carver, now their out your moaning about McLarren before he’s been given the chance to do anything.
    I agree, the minority , like you , give us a bad reputation throughout the country.

  • Chemical Dave

    No decent manager would come here, cheers for confirming what I’m saying. So we must accept this appointment and give him time as we don’t want fans of other clubs laughing at us for objecting about this appointment of a bloke none of them would want. Next up, john carver has a heart attack but returns to the club as director of football once he’s convalescing. Don’t laugh, its already been done.

  • Americanmag

    My thinking on this is that some are born miserable some perfect the art and some will have ” its pardews fault” carved on their headstone- like you I despair. I knew many years ago when as the toon were taking villa apart leading 5-0 a PhD in misery behind me declared ” whey man it wud be 7 with king Kevin here”- I knew then that there were depths yet to be plummeted- perhaps chemdave was that man behind me- who knows. Meanwhile I think mcclaren will get a chance but frankly even if mourinho came here there would be fans moaning that he didn’t get messi? I gave up many moons ago after the Ashley and wonga deal and follow from a distance and its relatively stress free I shudder to think what goes on in other parts of the lives of moaners by the way it’s a lovely morning here in Sausalito where thoughts of the toon are far far away- enjoy and take it easy

  • Americanmag

    Have you still got a sky package- I’d review it if you’re serious about boycotting

  • KevinHarland

    Americanmag I chuckled at that :)

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Americanmag So, you gave it up because of Ashley/Wonga, but you mind people complaining about the very same state of affairs? 

    And here you are complaining yourself! That makes some sense mind.

  • Americanmag

    Mmm I don’t mind the complaining it’s a free world and actually if you read my comment the gist is really about the constant misery no matter what happens- in other words the WAY the complaints and misery is articulated against other correspondents sometimes smacks of bullying keep on complaining if you want I’m just saying I took a stand v wonga and frankly that’s not the same as bad mouthing mcclaren and not giving him a chance – and its started to rain just as I read your comment spooky!!

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Americanmag Wasn’t aware I can influence the weather on the other side of the planet, but if you are that superstitious……

    Trouble is mate, with Ashley at the helm there is very little not to moan about. McClaren, be he good or bad, will have to operate under the failed ‘model’ and that he’ll know already and is therefore complicit in its continuance.

    A lot of people believe that we can force a change, and that isn’t going to happen if we all just keep quiet and accept things as they are. 

    I’m not aware of change anywhere that didn’t follow a great deal of whingeing(at least) in one form or another from those involved.