Paul Barron, Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach, has given an enlightening and positive interview to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, as the first game of the Championship season awaits us at WBA on Saturday.
Paul Barron – gives insightful interview today
Paul Barron has revealed that the Newcastle side will go into their first Championship encounter of the season at West Brom on Saturday ready for battle that lies ahead.
But Paul and the other coaches at the club have had to put up with a very difficult summer, and they have come through it well, and need to be given credit for doing a good job under just terrible circumstances.
Paul told the Evening Chronicle today about what life has been like at the club’s Little Benton training headquarters, and was quick to praise both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood:
“Chris and Colin have done a fantastic job under ridiculously difficult circumstances.” “Some day when we all sit down and take the emotion out of it, they probably need to put a statue up of Chris in the car park somewhere.”
“I know that is a bit of an overstatement but he has been magnificent at all times.” “Colin has really worked hard.”“For me the situation hasn’t changed, I was the goalkeeping coach before and after.”
“I haven’t been told to do anything different to what I would normally do.” “I love doing that and working with the guys is great, I couldn’t be doing anything better.”
“In all that, though, it is a hell of a situation and we are doing the best we can.” “I think the lads in pre-season have been fantastic.” “The only thing that none of us can come to terms with nor understand is what happened at Leyton Orient.”
“It was completely against everything that had gone on prior to and since.” “If you look at the other games and training sessions, who would have thought it? It was ridiculous.”
“In football things happen and there is no rational explanation for it.” “All you can do is dump it and move on.” “Look at the other games and look at them they have no relation.”
“What do you do? Dump the five other games where we didn’t lose or dump that one? You dump Orient.” “But you learn from it – it was freaky.”
Newcastle completed their pre-season friendlies with a 1-1 draw with SPL side Dundee United on a day in which the lads were unlucky not to get the win, and played very well especially in the second half of that game.
“In a funny way, Dundee was a turning point.” “We didn’t win but we felt like we had and the reaction of everybody including the fans was that we have turned a corner.”
“When a team gets unfairly treated like at Dundee, it pulls everybody together.” “And the feeling in the dressing room was a good one.”
“They were all up for it and they felt they had done well.” “The most difficult thing for the fans is that whatever is wrong at Newcastle isn’t going to be fixed in the blink of an eye.” “In the past, Newcastle have gone for the quick fix and there isn’t one.”
“The real solution may take time but if you have a real solution, you won’t have this problem again.” “We all share our part in it and hope the fans can stick with us and show the spirit we had at Dundee.”
“By the end the feelings for Sir Bobby Robson flooded down to the players, we couldn’t have asked for more.” “Everybody is trying to get it right, let’s hope we can.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating and anything but a win on Saturday will probably be a disappointment to the Newcastle fan base.
It’s imperative we get off to a winning start this season, but certainly the preparation couldn’t have been much worse, with so much nonsense going on at the club during Mike Ashley’s attempt to sell in the summer.
But this is a chance after all, for the players to make up for their appalling displays earlier in the year, which resulted in Newcastle being relegated.
For those players that want to stay that is.