Newcastle might have found a Head Coach in Steve McClaren but the mood hasn’t improved at St James Park because nothing else has changed.

That’s the view of former Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard who was interviewed on Talksport earlier today.

The former French left-back saying that so far the arrival of the former England boss has been wasted because Mike Ashley has so far failed to invest in any signings.

Summing up the mood of the fanbase, Bernard says that everybody is disheartened due to the lack of action.

I would disagree though with his assertion that ‘nobody expects Newcastle to be in the top 10 after last season’.

I think most fans would believe that that should and could be the minimum if Ashley allowed realistic investment in the team.

Olivier Bernard:

“I think everyone’s disheartened – Steve McClaren should be a good signing and people should be buzzing.

“The fact is the politics haven’t changed because nobody has been signed – there is hope because it’s a fantastic club and he has got a great pedigree, but now they need to start approaching players.”

‘Fans don’t expect much’;

 “Nobody expects Newcastle to be in the top ten after last season, so near mid-table would be good enough.

“I don’t think the fans expect much, they won’t be fighting relegation if they get a couple of the players they are being linked with.”

A ‘couple of players’ Newcastle have been linked with?

Which couple would that be of the 80 odd we’ve been linked with?!!!



  • stephen richards

    If the club fail to bring in enough quality before the start of the season a relegation fight is certain to follow I also think it there’s a poor start the fans will turn quickly people have had enough of excuses and want action 34 m in the bank 19 m profit last year + 10m from sales and compensation in January add this to the 60m basis payment the club has just received for next season there’s plenty of money the only thing holding us back is willingness to spend big if the powers that be fail to produce the player’s required we all know who to blame ASHLEY CHARNLEY MCLAREN and MONCUR

  • Phildene

    @stephen Richards-sorry to say mate I can’t actually read your post as there’s absolutely no punctuation in it whatsoever ever! Even a full stop would help! The lack of punctuation puts you off reading it as it doesn’t make sense.
    We need investment in this window, but doubt it will happen-or they’ll bring in a couple of loan players at end of trans window like they’ve done before. Ashley stated on TV that he will continue to invest in this club-this is pure lies again, as all he’s ever done is take finance out (plus assert strip and ‘move’ it into Mash Holdings) and has never invested at all, if not recently.
    Anybody who has renewed their season ticket on the back of believing every word Ashley uttered, bigger fool you! That’s what he wants so you’re still part of the problem here.

  • Jimmywayhay

    Might not have a comma ,but it makes a lot of comma sense ,what Stephen Richards has written !

  • RonHills

    Phildene You’re right, most of the fans are suspicious and cynical towards the motives of Ashley and his chief puppet Charnley.  The other members of “the board”  ere purely elevated to that position as a sop to the fans.

  • Chemical Dave

    “Buzzing” because of McLaren? Whoop Dee do.