Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forget Titles, I Know What My Role Here Is Forget Titles, I Know What My Role Here Is; THE INTERVIEW: Steve McClaren

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forget Titles, I Know What My Role Here Is Forget Titles, I Know What My Role Here Is; THE INTERVIEW: Steve McClaren

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @StuRayner

STEVE McClaren plans to lead Newcastle United from the training field this pre-season, regardless of his job description.

With a seat on the board and many of the Magpies' transfer targets having his fingerprints on them, it seems the new head coach has a bigger influence than many were expecting. But the former England manager still sees work on the training field as a vital part of his role.

McClaren's training ground work has stepped up a notch now a squad minus new signing Georginio Wijnaldum has landed in the United States.

"I will be doing a lot of the coaching, too much!" joked McClaren.

"Wherever you go, you have to come in and I am leading a lot at the present moment. It's so easy with the staff that I have got, I'm not doing all of the work. When you have the experience of people like Blacky (Steve Black), it really is. And the staff who were already here, everyone has been great.

"The first two weeks we were trying to get people to buy in to what we are doing. Firstly I needed to buy the staff in to what we are doing and now the players. Those who buy in to it, great. Those who don't will be flying out the window. We are trying to buy in better quality also."

Asked about his job title, McClaren replied: "I don't know the difference (between a head coach and a manager). I have had lots of titles but since I went abroad it has always been head coach.

"The job description is exactly the same. They wanted someone to come in, to help recruit, coach the talent and double the value, triple the value. I had exactly the same remit in Holland. Exactly. Whether it is coach, manager, it doesn't mean anything."

That remit to develop talent extends beyond the playing staff. Twenty-nine-year-old coach Ian Cathro was recruited from Valencia because of his potential.

"I think we have got a damn good staff here," he said. "That's important. I was always looking for a coach and, despite many people saying, 'He turned this down or he turned that down', when I was looking for one I thought, where has the one gone who was at Valencia (after hearing his initial target Phil Neville was joining the Spanish club). …

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