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Steve McClaren: ‘Newcastle can be one of 10 biggest clubs in Europe’

7 years ago

New Head Coach Steve McClaren, says that Newcastle United can be one of the ten biggest clubs in Europe.

The United boss says that everybody in football knows that NUFC are a big club.

Talking to BBC Radio Newcastle, Steve McClaren also said that he didn’t come to St James Park earlier this season because of his loyalty to Derby County.

Steve McClaren speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle:

“Speak to anyone in football and they will say ‘Newcastle United, what a big club’.

“It can be in the top 10 in Europe, it has the ability to do that.”

Loyalty to Derby ?

“It was very difficult, I knew there was interest (from Newcastle last season).

“Was I interested? Of course I was, but in the end I owed a lot of loyalty to Derby, they took a chance on me.  In the end the decision was taken completely out of everybody’s hands by Lee Charnley (NUFC MD), who stuck with John Carver, and rightly so.”

Winning a trophy:

“That is the aim, it is the dream of everybody, we had that dream at Middlesbrough and we achieved it,

“We only achieved that by everyone being together, getting everybody in the right direction and winning things is a long process.”

Newcastle last season were once again one of the ten best supported teams in Europe.

Plus in the most recent Deloitte top twenty, Newcastle had the 19th highest turnover of any football club in the world, despite no European football and all the free advertising/promotion given to Mike Ashley’s retail empire.


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