Steve McClaren had NO say in Newcastle’s summer recruitment, claims John Carver

John Carver
John Carver

John Carver says Steve McClaren had NO say in Newcastle United’s summer recruitment.

The club signed four senior players this summer at a cost of more than £50million.

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

But incoming head coach McClaren did not have a significant input into the recruitment process, despite having a place on the board.

That’s the view of Carver, who was appointed as the club’s interim head coach after Alan Pardew’s departure at the turn of the year.

Carver – who left the club in the summer after the club narrowly escaped relegation – often spoke of the calibre of the player the club were looking at in the latter months of last season.

And he said: “The players they’ve bought were coming in whether I was the manager, Steve McClaren was the manager or you were the manager.

The players they’ve bought were coming in whether I was the manager, Steve McClaren was the manager or you were the manager.

John Carver

“When I was there, I was watching (Aleksandar) Mitrovic and (Georginio) Wijnaldum. I knew they were targets already.

“There’s a system in place of how they do their business, and a boss can only succeed if they go into the club understanding what it’s all about.

“I didn’t have a problem with it. But Steve might, because he’s new to it.”

McClaren – whose side are bottom of the Premier League with eight games played – had wanted the club to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

But the club baulked at his £15million price tag.