Steve McClaren: I want Newcastle to be my LAST job – with a great legacy

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren (right) with assistant coach Paul Simpson
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren (right) with assistant coach Paul Simpson

Steve McClaren wants the Newcastle United job to be his LAST in football after leaving a successful legacy at the club.

Newcastle have invested £50million in the squad this summer, which McClaren labelled a clear “statement of intent” from the club’s owners.

He has revealed he isn’t expecting anymore transfer business before the window closes and admits he is “delighted” with his five new signings.

But he admits with 10 days left of the window, he has learned to never say never.

McClaren insists he is pleased with the summer business though and hopes the level of investment will kick-start a successful period – with him at the helm.

The 54-year-old former Middlesbrough, England and FC Twente manager, said: “After being abroad, I wanted to come back and work in the Premier League and Newcastle gave me that opportunity and that is my sole focus.

“I very much hope this will be my last job in football.

“I want to stay here because of the intent the club has shown and what we are trying to build.

“I believe what we are doing will be successful in the long run.”

Newcastle have signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Ivan Toney and Florian Thauvin.

McClaren added: “After Mike Ashley’s words, I think people were doubting and those doubts were still there at the beginning of pre-season, especially when I first came in.

“There were a lot of doubts and comments that it was all talk, but I think the club have delivered.

“They’ve absolutely delivered 100 per cent with the quality that we’ve got.

“We’re going forward, and that’s what we want to do.

“It might be a while before we actually see that, but we’ve certainly got the players now and the squad has improved.

“Getting some new players was important, but after last season, you need that little injection of belief.

“The new players have brought that, and I’m absolutely delighted.”

Despite the £50million outlay, Newcastle remain short of defensive options but the head coach is pleased with the business done.

McClaren added: “I don’t think any manager is ever entirely happy.

“But I’m happy with what we’ve got to work with.

“There comes a point where we just have to sit down and stop and say, ‘You know what, this is what we have, and now we have to work and develop them, and try to make them into a team that is hard to beat and no one wants to play against’.”

Newcastle head to Old Trafford this lunchtime looking to end a losing streak of seven straight away defeats.

McClaren was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2001 before taking the Middlesbrough job and he is looking forward to his return.

“The experience I had there with those players, that squad, that size of club and that manager gave me the platform to go on,” added McClaren.

“I have great memories of my time there.

“But all that goes out of the window when the game starts.”