Jonas Gutierrez has been interviewed in the Mirror today, and it’s a surprise to us that he has revealed the training sessions last season were just not intense enough, and Newcastle paid for that in the matches.
Jonas Gutierrez in action last season
But with two matches a week fairly regularly last season because of European competition, maybe Alan Pardew and the coaches didn’t want to push the lads too much in training, but Jonas said the sessions just didn’t work last season.
This is what the 22 times capped Argentine International had to say:
“We have to do things the right way.” “There were some things that went wrong last season, the training sessions for example.”
“They had no intensity. Our training sessions were really light and then we suffered in matches.” “The senior players, including me, have talked with Pardew as we wanted changes.”
“Let’s see if the training sessions change this season and have more intensity.”
It’s good that senior players like Jonas called a meeting with Alan Pardew, because obviously they all want to do their best for Newcastle, and if there are problems the senior players see, they are free to talk with the manager about it.
Maybe that’s one reason why Alan said this pre-season will be the hardest he’s even run in his 14 years of football management experience.
We have a game against Blackpool with a 3:00 pm kick off – so we’ll see how the lads will do, and just how fit they are, especially in the second half.
And it would be nice to get a win.
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