The Newcastle United boss is in confident mood ahead of the new campaign.
Newcastle finally got their summer recruitment drive underway last week with the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV.
The midfielder’s arrival has raised the excitement levels at Saint James’ Park, and head coach Steve McClaren hopes to use the signing as a catalyst for greater ambition at Newcastle.
“The objectives are top eight and to win something and we’re here for three years,” said McClaren in quotes published by Chronicle Live.
“That’s what we want to achieve and we can sell that to players and the present squad.”
Premier League survival has been the order of the day at Newcastle for the last few seasons, but the former England manager insists the club are now targeting more prestigious objectives.
He added: “We don’t just sit here and say: ‘Oh let’s stay in the league and fight for that. We have ambitions that are loftier and cup competitions are something I like.”
His words are sure to encourage the Toon Army, who will be hoping the club retain the decisiveness demonstrated in the Wijnaldum capture and apply it to their next targets.
There is still plenty of work to do to get the Newcastle squad in shape for a real silverware challenge, but the club has made a good start with the Dutchman’s capture.
If a few more players are signed this summer, ten McClaren’s ambitious soundbites will start to sound less like lip-service.