Newcastle assistant coach Paul Simpson thinks the players will learn a lot about themselves on this trip to the US, and since all the coaches are new at the club – they will learn a lot about the players and about themselves too.
The club’s last trip stateside in 2011 was exhausting but a good one, and it preceded our best finish in the Premier League since 2004, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was still the manager.
We finished 5th and just missed out on a Champions League place, and hopefully this will also be followed by a very good season for Newcastle – we need it!
Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren – it’s thinking time
This is what Paul has said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I think it’s always important to get everybody together so we can learn to live with each other, because during a football season the players probably spend more time with the rest of the group than they do with their own family.”
“You don’t have to be best friends with each other, but you’ve got to respect each other, and you’ve got to have an understanding of what ticks the boxes for each other.”
“That’ll be really important through the season so on this trip away, 11 days or whatever it might be, being in hotels together, a lot of travelling together, being involved in games, being involved in training situations in a different environment; it’s how they all deal with it.”
“We’ll learn things about the players and I’m quite sure they’ll learn stuff about the staff as well – what we like and what we don’t like.”
“The whole process is evolving at the moment. We’re learning lots about each other and hopefully it’ll lead to us having an enjoyable season.”
On this trip we are interested to see how our five central defenders will perform in the games, with Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Jamaal Lascelles and Curtis Good all in the squad.
How those five play could determine whether it’s only one center-back brought in this summer, and if we still look dodgy at the back, McClaren will probably want two top central defenders brought in.
Team spirit is so important at any club, and that needs to be repaired after the disasters that happened earlier this year.
It was so bad it was almost unbelievable.
I’m getting a pain in my arm just thinking about it, so I’ll end it here.