John Carver has told The Chronicle that the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin were long-term targets for Newcastle - and Steve McClaren must accept the lack of control he has.
In came former England boss Steve McClaren, who was expected to rejuvenate a relative sleeping giant - but with no wins from the first eight Premier League games, McClaren is already under increasing pressure from the St. James' Park faithful.
A number of new signings arrived over the summer, such as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin, but neither have had the desired impact for Newcastle so far this season.
Now, Carver has told The Chronicle that he knew Mitrovic and Thauvin were targets for the club even when he was in charge - and with little control over transfers, Carver believes McClaren might well have a problem with how the club is currently run.
"When they were talking about players when I was there, I was aware of what was going on and didn’t have a problem with that," said Carver. "Steve might have a problem with it because he’s new to it. I knew the situation and I accepted it. I knew they [MItrovic and Thauvin] were targets. There is a system in place of how they do their business. The manager has to accept that," he added.
There have been recent reports from the Daily Mail suggesting that McClaren was unhappy with Newcastle for failing to sign his top target this summer, striker Charlie Austin from QPR.
It now seems that signings like Mitrovic and Thauvin weren't his decisions - and McClaren may be hoping for more of a say in the January transfer window before becoming disillusioned with the current structure at Newcastle.