Steve McClaren had an interview yesterday after Newcastle United's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United and he was talking business with the reporter. He didn't give away too many specifics but the way he spoke left a lot to think about. We're not quite sure how to take his comments.
He was pretty clear about one thing though. He is pretty certain that Fabricio Coloccini will be staying at St James' Park for the upcoming season. When asked about possible interest from Crystal Palace, he didn't seem to be too bothered.
He replied: "We've had no official approach, Colo's been working with us on and off, nursing his Achilles at the present moment and getting through some work as well but he’s been a first-class professional.
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"I've come through the door, he's the captain and like everybody else we want to see him on the field and playing for this team."
So he seems to be pretty sure of his captains future.
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When he was asked about any further signings at the club, it seemed to be a nervy subject for him as he danced around the question before providing a very vague answer. After being asked about further incomings, he answered:
"Gini getting a couple of goals in the two games that he's played, showing his quality and that's what we’ve got in Mitrovic and Mbemba. That’s what the club promised at the end of last season and the club have delivered on three very good players," McClaren told Sky Sports News HQ.
"I don’t know (if there will be more to come). As I said before, we've got to be patient, they've got to be the right players. I'm happy with the players that we've got here, I'm happy with the additions."
What does this mean though? Are Newcastle finished for their dealings in the transfer market already?
Just last week McClaren told a reporter that Newcastle had targets that nobody had even mentioned, he also said that they weren't finished. We're getting a few mixed messages here it seems.
This could just be a question of managerial mind games. He could just be trying to make people believe that Newcastle are out of the running to give them that bit privacy as they go about their transfer dealings.
They have already brought in three excellent additions but they can't possibly believe that this is the end of their transfer business. They need at least another defender and possibly even a winger.
For Newcastle's sake, I hope he was playing mind games because if he wasn't then Newcastle are going to be incredibly rocky at the back next season.
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