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Steve McClaren says nobody leaves…for the moment

6 years ago

Steve McClaren says that he has no intention of allowing any more Newcastle players to go out on loan, at least for the time being.

Recent days had seen media claims that players such as Mike Williamson, Yoan Gouffran, Rob Elliot and Ivan Toney could go out on loan, with there being little chance of them getting any Premier League action.

The reasoning being that it would give players regular football and in a number of cases maybe help progress a future permanent departure.

However, McClaren did specifically mention the cup competitions as being an important factor in the no more loans decision, which has been taken to mean things could change if Newcastle exit the League Cup (McClaren made nine changes to the team that played Northampton).

The ’emergency loan window’ opened on Wednesday 9 September, this window allows Football League clubs to borrow players for a period of between 28 and 93 days, with the window open from 9 September to 25 November.

Effectively, a three month loan would allow deals to be done to take players up to January when the winter transfer window opens.

Newcastle play Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the League Cup on 23 September and then the fourth round would be played week commencing 26 October.

If United were to exit the League Cup in a third or fourth round tie, then there would be plenty of time for players to leave in this emergency loan window.

However, if Newcastle progress (fingers crossed) as far as the fifth round, then those ties are played week commencing 30 November, after the window closes.

Amongst the players mentioned in the media as possibly going out on loan are; Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Alex Gilliead, Yoan Gouffran, Ivan Toney, Jamaal Lascelles, Lubomir Satka, Curtis Good and Rob Elliot.

Steve McClaren:

“No, we’re not thinking of that (allowing players to leave on loan), I think our squad is OK but you know, if you get injuries and things.

“We have also got cup competitions – we used the cup very well last time (v Northampton) for the squad and we are looking also at the next game to use it very well for the squad.

“We have got a good squad, a strong squad, and we have got motivation – they can see a game ahead and they also see the team is not established yet. So no, I don’t foresee that (players going on loan in the short-term.”

There was also talk at the weekend of Papiss Cisse potentially heading off to the Middle East as the transfer windows are still open in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, but the club were quick to claim there was no chance of the striker leaving.


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