Newcastle Coach’s Mantra – You’re Either In Or You’re Out

Ian Cathro is an even exciting appointment by Newcastle and we have high hopes that Ian will have new ideas in both training and how the team will play next season, and of course he comes to Newcastle very well respected in coaching circles and he’s still only 28.

Ian is already known as a man who is a workaholic who seems to love coaching, and he’s made the point that football is not a 9-5 job and that you’re either in or you’re out.

But most things these days seem to be 24/7 with the Internet and social media prominent – it’s seven days a week and things have changed a lot over the last couple of decades in the work-place

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Ian Cathro – in training at Benton

Steve McClaren has started off well at Newcastle inasmuch as he is willing to communicate with Newcastle fans and Steve did himself no harm on Monday night when he attended the Fans Forum meeting.

The word coming from those who attended the meeting was that Steve was impressive,  and he interacted with the fans representatives during the meeting – asking them questions so he was clear where they were coming from and what their concerns were.

It looks like the training is going well at Newcastle since it started last Wednesday – a week ago –  and Steve McClaren wasted no times in getting the lads out on the training field to so some ball work.

Ian is a hard worker and that has come out loud and clear in what he said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“We’re in pre-season and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.” “There are not many parts of this industry that are Monday to Friday, nine-to-five.”

“This is all the time or none of the time. You’re either in or you’re out – and in order for us to achieve the things that we need to achieve, everyone needs to be in.”

“It’s very difficult to play football without the ball – it’s an important component of the game, so I think that’s a very clear message that that’s how you improve things and that’s our way of working.”

“We have a trip to America and by the time we return, we’re going to be in a good position to know what needs to be done in the build up to the new season.”

Good words from Ian there – we already like him a lot.

Newcastle will play their first pre-season game on Friday night against Gateshead at the International Stadium, and then the squad will jet out to America for their three game tour that will take place over the following 10 days.

Here is Newcastle’s full pre-season schedule.

DateOpponentVenueResult
Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)Gateshead
International StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 1-0

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