Former Leeds and Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock told talkSPORT that he feels Steve McClaren will try and develop a stronger English core of players at Newcastle.
McClaren is under pressure to make some changes at St James’s Park, after he was announced as the man tasked with taking Newcastle up the Premier League table towards mid-table consolidation.
“I think Steve will make sure that he and people like Graham Carr (Newcastle’s head scout) will make sure that more English players are there next year,” he said.
One of the arguable reasons that Newcastle struggled last season to the point where they only stayed up on the final day of the season, is because of the different fractions in the squad.
It’s natural that certain players from certain countries gravitate towards each other, which can make bonding with the English players more difficult.
It’s something that McClaren needs to get on top of quickly, because it’s important that the Magpies move forward together and show unity.
Team spirit is vital to everything that McClaren will be looking to achieve with the Magpies and if he doesn’t have that, his job will automatically be made more difficult by the time the competitive action gets underway in August.
Newcastle need to back McClaren over any player he wants to go after in the transfer market and they need to commission some deals, which could be very expensive.
English players often trade clubs for higher prices than going to foreign clubs for new recruits, but Warnock feels the Magpies can’t blink if they want to move forward.