Ex-England coach Steve McClaren wants Newcastle United job to be his last

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren wants the Newcastle United job to be his LAST in football after leaving a successful legacy at the club.

Newcastle have invested £50million in the squad this summer, which McClaren labelled a clear “statement of intent” from the club’s owners.

I want to stay here because of the intent the club has shown and what we are trying to build.

STEVE McCLAREN

He has revealed he isn’t expecting anymore transfer business before the window closes and admits he is “delighted” with his five new signings.

But he admits with 10 days left of the window, he has learned to never say never.

McClaren insists he is pleased with the summer business though and hopes the level of investment will kick-start a successful period – with him at the helm.

The 54-year-old former Middlesbrough, England and FC Twente manager, said: “After being abroad, I wanted to come back and work in the Premier League and Newcastle gave me that opportunity and that is my sole focus.

“I very much hope this will be my last job in football.

“I want to stay here because of the intent the club has shown and what we are trying to build.

“I believe what we are doing will be successful in the long run.”

Newcastle have signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Ivan Toney and Florian Thauvin.

McClaren added: “After Mike Ashley’s words, I think people were doubting and those doubts were still there at the beginning of pre-season, especially when I first came in.

“There were a lot of doubts and comments that it was all talk, but I think the club have delivered, 100 per cent.”

“We’re going forward, and that’s what we want to do.

“It might be a while before we actually see that, but we’ve certainly got the players now and the squad has improved.”