Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Club Must Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is - and Prove It Is Serious about Strengthening What Is a Weak Squad

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Club Must Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is - and Prove It Is Serious about Strengthening What Is a Weak Squad

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NOW we know who Newcastle United's next coach is, we are about to find out what the club is made of.

If Steve McClaren is able to recruit the players he wants, I trust him to spend Mike Ashley's money wisely. The trouble is, that is not certain.

We will soon find out.

I am not against McClaren at all, and I think most people will be the same, but is it him who is going to lead the team? If not, we will be in exactly the same position.

McClaren has proved he can win things.

He won the League Cup and had a fantastic spell at Middlesbrough. I don't think he was many people's favourite choice when the various names were mentioned and he has not managed in the Premier League since his Boro days, but he is a decent manager who has not been coaching in the Premier League for a while. He has managed England and he has a pedigree which demands respect. He has shown he is a capable manager.

With the right support, I am sure he can produce a winning team, like he did at Middlesbrough. …

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