Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McClaren Is Planning to Win Support; McClaren Plans to Win over the Fans

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

McClaren Is Planning to Win Support; McClaren Plans to Win over the Fans

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

STEVE McClaren plans to win over sceptical Newcastle United supporters with silverware after taking over as the club's new head coach.

The 54-year-old former England manager has been given a seat on the board and been allowed to bring in his own backroom team after John Carver and Steve Stone were dismissed.

In a change of policy, owner Mike Ashley said at the end of last season his aim was to win a trophy - and he included qualifying for the Champions League as one. That is the goal McClaren, who admitted he took the job without meeting the billionaire, has set himself. McClaren won the League Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004. Harry Redknapp is the only English manager to have lifted a major English trophy since.

"That is the objective," he said. "Absolutely. 100%. Once you have done it once, you want to do it again and again. You saw what was achieved at Middlesbrough. Why not here? It has the fanbase, resources, perhaps not the team yet but that is our job now."

McClaren has turned the job down four times before - most recently in May when he was asked to come in for the final three matches of last season - but claimed last night it was only because the timing was not right.

He was persuaded to come this time by Ashley's television interview just before the Magpies secured their place in next season's Premier League by beating West Ham United. McClaren saw that as the start of trying to win Turn to Page 46 FROM BACK PAGE back disillusioned supporters. "The momentum started with the West Ham game," he said.

"I might not be every fan's choice, but the only way a football manager can get accepted by everyone is by winning.

"Words are easy, objectives are easy, but the hard work starts now. And there is a lot of hard work to do."

Ashley will not be part of the reshaped board which will consist of McClaren, managing director Lee Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and 1969 Fairs Cup-winning captain Bobby Moncur. …

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