Steve McClaren examines Newcastle’s summer transfer plans with club’s board

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says he has his feet under the table at Newcastle United – after a “productive” first week at St James’s Park.

McClaren, the club’s new head coach, has held talks with managing director Lee Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and board member Bob Moncur.

I want to send a very clear message to the staff and players that this is a fresh start for everybody, and that we have to all pull together to have an exciting season.

Steve McClaren

The quartet have discussed the club’s transfer plans as well as the players already on its books.

McClaren is still to appoint his backroom team, while the club is yet to make a breakthrough in the transfer market.

“It has been a great week, a productive week and everything is very positive,” said McClaren.

“It’s been a week of getting to know people, getting to know the structure and getting to know the staff.

“I’ve been sat down with Graham, Lee and Bob, going through what the plans are, what the club has been doing, the current squad, targets and assessing things.

“We have to build some momentum and then keep that going, and that is what we are trying to do.

“Behind the scenes, we are working very, very hard to make sure we are ready for the new season.”

McClaren was only allowed to speak to the club’s so-called “preferred media partners” on the orders of Charnley after his appointment last week.

While it has not been a new beginning for media relations at Newcastle, McClaren believes it is a “fresh start” for everyone at the club.

“I’m starting to put my stamp on things,” said the 54-year-old.

“Without going into too much detail, it’s really been about assessing what has been happening at the club and how we can progress and move things forward.

“I want to send a very clear message to the staff and players that this is a fresh start for everybody, and that we have to all pull together to have an exciting season.

“It’s a new beginning for Newcastle United, and it’s a nice time to assess things before the players return for pre-season training and the hard work begins.

“I can’t wait for the start of July. That is what the job is all about – having the players around, getting out on the training pitch and getting down to work, preparing for the new season.”