Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Are Finally Taking Steps in the Right Direction ... but More Is Needed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Are Finally Taking Steps in the Right Direction ... but More Is Needed

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Byline: Robert LEE The General's verdict

Steve McClaren's tenure as Newcastle boss has had a mixed start, but there are plenty positive signs Steve McClaren's tenure as Newcastle boss has had a mixed start, but there are plenty positive signs ANOTHER transfer window is over and for once it seems there's a positive vibe surrounding Newcastle United Football Club.

The signings the Magpies have made look promising and exciting. Finally investment is being made in the squad and the doom and gloom that has surrounded this football club for too long is starting to ease.

Then there's Lee Charnley's statement. Promising further investment and taking responsibility for fracturing the relationship with the fans is a step forward. It is not a massive leap, just a step forward, but the signs are encouraging. However, until Newcastle begin to start competing for trophies and for a European place again, question marks will still remain over Mike Ashley's regime.

The powers that be at Newcastle deciding to come out and speak more openly and more regularly is certainly a positive thing though.

Newcastle United are never going to go out and spend PS50m on one of the world's best players - they can't compete with Europe's elite clubs.

Instead the club's policy is that everyone they recruit has sell-on value and they're the type of players they look to recruit.

There's not necessarily anything wrong with that, as long as the investment is still made.

If Newcastle are willing to spend more money, as Charnley says, then that can only be a good thing.

This summer was a start. Decent money was invested in players who look like they have plenty of potential, but it should just be the start and I hope the club's statement means that this is the beginning and certainly not the end.

But, on saying that, Newcastle need to be winning far more regularly, particularly at St James' Park.

OK, let's face it the Champions League is probably beyond the Magpies, but they should be challenging for the Europa League and for a cup competition - and they can only do that by scoring goals, something they are struggling to do at the moment. …

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