Steve McClaren reveals 'trophies' are his aim at Newcastle United

Steve McClaren

The former England manager is expected to drastically improve the Magpies' fortunes after a poor season.

Steve McClaren's first words as Newcastle United's new manager were ambitious ones, but if he can achieve what he told the Magpies website he was targeting, then he will go down in history at St James's Park.

The 54-year-old was unable to take Derby County into the playoffs last season in the Championship, being axed from Pride Park ahead of his return to the Premier League, but is now expected to ensure a place in the top eight of the top flight for the North-East giants, as well as be challenging for trophies. 

"I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United," said the former Middlesbrough boss. "This is a big club with a wonderful heritage.

"There's a lot of work to do, but the Club has made it clear about wanting success and I would not have come here if I didn't believe they were serious.

"This Club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That's one of my primary objectives here.

"I've already won trophies as a manager, and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League."

Newcastle have only finished in the top seven once in the last nine seasons, when Alan Pardew guided them to a superb fifth place finish in 2011-12, above Champions League winners Chelsea.

It will be a big ask for McClaren to turn around a squad that lost nine of their last eleven matches in the season just gone, only surviving relegation to the Championship on the last day of the season.

Winning a trophy may be an even tougher target, considering the great teams of the mid to late 90s were unable to accomplish that feat, despite reaching successive FA Cup finals.

It is likely McClaren's success at local rivals Middlesbrough, where he won the League Cup and reached a Uefa Cup final, would have been significant credit in his job application.

Managing director Lee Charnley reiterated what the ex England manager's targets would be at St James's Park, with Newcastle having gone without silverware for 46 years.

"Steve has been tasked to secure a top-eight finish in the Premier League and he is also heavily incentivised to try to win a cup competition," he said.

"We recognise supporters' strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the Club now shares as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the final day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal."

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