McClaren sends 'clear message' to Newcastle players, admits discussions over transfer targets

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren wants to give everyone a fresh start at Newcastle - but has admitted he wants new signings.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has told the club's official website that he is giving everyone a clean slate at St. James' Park.

McClaren, 54, arrived as Newcastle boss earlier this month, penning an initial three-year contract on Tyneside after the departure of interim manager John Carver.

The former England manager is now charged with the task of revitalising a Newcastle side which endured a dismal campaign last season, surviving relegation on the final day of the Premier League season.

McClaren has now spent some time around Newcastle over the last week, and admitted to the club's official website that he has held discussions over potential transfer targets.

"It has been a great week, a productive week and everything is very positive.It's been a week of getting to know people, getting to know the structure and getting to know the staff," said McClaren. "I've been sat down with Graham (Carr), Lee (Charnley) and Bob (Moncur), going through what the plans are, what the Club has been doing, the current squad, targets and assessing things."

Whilst Newcastle desperately need some new signings, they do also have some players who can make an impact under McClaren - and he admitted that he wants to send out a message that it's a clean slate for everyone involved this summer.

"I want to send a very clear message to the staff and players that this is a fresh start for everybody, and that we have to all pull together to have an exciting season. It's a new beginning for Newcastle United and it's a nice time to assess things before the players return for pre-season training and the hard work begins," he added.

Clearout still needed

McClaren's message to the players about a fresh start is good management, but Newcastle simply can't continue to be fighting relegation - and a clearout is definitely needed.

The likes of Gabriel Obertan, Mike Williamson and Yoann Gouffran have offered little of late and should be three of the first names to leave St. James' Park based on their performances for Newcastle.

Other fringe players are unlikely to have futures at Newcastle such as Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson, so whilst McClaren is keen to see what he has, he will likely find a squad that needs a complete overhaul this summer.

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