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New Environment – New Ideas – A Pleasure To Be Part Of It

9:54 am, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Mike Williamson is certainly a fan of Steve McClaren and his new coaching team as the 6’4″ center-back has enthused over the American trip and all the new ideas and tactics the player are getting every single day from McClaren and his top coaching staff.

Mike Williamson fouling Gini Wijnaldum in training

This what big Mike has said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“The training was a good tempo, there was loads to take on and learn from the head coach and his staff.”

“Every day we were working on building not only fitness and physicality, but also building from a tactical point of view.”

“This is probably the most tactical work I’ve done in pre-season for a long time. McClaren and his coaches have a lot of ideas, and it is good to learn them and start putting them into practice in the matches.”

“It’s right up there as one of  my best pre-seasons because there’s a new environment and mentality, which is full of fresh ideas.”

“The staff are all striving to create the same environment – a working one in which everyone is focused on working at a high intensity every day.”

“It’s a pleasure to be a part of it.” “The gaffer wants to get as much information as he can across, but he is not overloading us,”

“Every day he is adding a different dimension, tactic or idea. Something else is put into our heads and we are building.”

“With each fixture we play we have more ideas than the last and it is all about building up for the first game of the season, when we should be at full strength, physically, tactically and mentally.”

Steve had an excellent reputation for being a good coach with his players when he arrived last month, and it seems to be starting to make a (big) difference.

And there’s not too much time left before we play our first game at home to Southampton two weeks on Sunday on August 9th, to kick off a new season.

We expect there to be a full house at St. James’ Park for that game, and the great new players we have brought in will hopefully help sell whatever season tickets are still left.

It’s got to be much better than last season, but the signs are good we will have a good squad come September.

It remains to be seen if Mike Williamson is still with us at that time – we just don’t know.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jul 23, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    That picture appears says it all about Williamson.

    One arm holding the player and the other punching him in the back.

  • 2 Slank // Jul 23, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    ‘…but he is not overloading us,’ …. as he knows some of us are pretty thick

  • 3 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Can’t help but think Charlie Austin will be getting itchy feet now. Euros next year and he’s gonna wanna be playing in the Prem. 5 weeks left to get it sorted. Clubs have got every right to hang on and save a few quid. Could sign him for free in 5 months.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Really? Thats his best training pic? A foul, ffs.

    Please just take him into the woods and abandon him!

  • 5 Toonfan8 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Soccer sauce:
    Breaking: We have been informed that Newcastle have made a bid in the region of £9m for Stuttgart’s German DF Antonio Rüdiger #NUFC
    hope it is true

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM


    To address your questions about non-EU…..

    Nobby solano played for peru, but had a spanish pasport so did not count as a non-EU player. I suppose the rule COULD have changed, but i dont think it has. Hope that helps 🙂

  • 7 JDdubai // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    “McClaren and his coaches have a lot of ideas”


  • 8 Liono // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:10 AM


    Classy comment there…

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM


    Looks like he would be a great signing, but is another player who has a stiffy for Arsenal

  • 10 swisstone // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    I’d def like to see 2 signings with EPL experience.

    We’ve signed 2 soon to be 3 without it, and rumours of more. Sometimes it works, but think of all those it hasnt, at least not in the first season.

    Big risk bring 4 maybe 5 first teamers in with not even a full pre-season.

    Thats why for me Collo has to stay as one of our CBs this season, to allow new blood time to settle.

  • 11 switch365 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Sunday pub team player has somehow managed to masquerade as a Premier League level player for far too long.
    Wish purdue would make a bid for him £5 would do like!

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM


    I try my best.


  • 13 Altamullan // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Makes me think, asking players when they come in about he comparative abilities of their training partners new and old, must be useful. I know we’ve already got Mitro’s ( fingers crossed…) but what about Wijnaldum: “Hoo, Gini, anybody better centre backs at PSV than here?” (Settles down with sharpened pencil and empty sheet of A4…)

  • 14 DicBDownUnder // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    my name is mike williamson baduurrrrrrrrr

    All of these new tactics badurrrrrrr
    but all I can do is play pardew hoofball badduuurrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • 15 switch365 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    @ Altamullan

    Would that be including or excluding their development squad?

  • 16 Altamullan // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Having a stiffy for the Arse shouldn’t put us off signing Antonio, howay man it’s 2015 😉

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Willo gets a lot of stick – most of it deserved – but we should at least remember that he was bought for a specific purpose – to get us promoted – and he helped to do just that. It certainly isn’t his fault he was retained, but if you’re a pro footballer and keep getting picked in the PL, you certainly won’t walk away. He always has given his all, but definitely lacks the skill for the PL, despite actually winning a few motm awards. I reckon he’ll be gone this season and to be fair, not before time, but some players with far more ability have let us down even more by their clear lack of effort. A lack of talent I can always forgive, it’s the lack of effort i can’t. Hope he finds a club more suited to his ‘talents’, just not here eh?

  • 18 cestriasteve // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Mike Willianson is actually worse than Jean Alain Boumsong granted he cost less but he’s the worst CB I’ve ever seen.

  • 19 Altamullan // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    They’ve got a cracking under 6 coming through, under 6 development squad, not elite squad, but he’s nearly there. Once he’s finished swimming lessons and can fully commit, Gini reckons he’ll be a definite improvement. Fits the bill too for sell on value, Ashley can just put the family up in a flat in Fenham, and In time he’ll count as a homegrown player. Sorted.

  • 20 switch365 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    If only they could do brain transplants … DOCTOR!!!

  • 21 Toonfan8 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Antonio Rudiger would be dream come true, I was talking about him for two seasons now, strong,tall,aggresive, just what we are missing here…this looks very good
    sissoko….de jong…………aarons

  • 22 jamesnufc86 // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    The pleasure is most definitely yours and yours only Mike Williamson. Never have I seen a player turn like the titanic, hoof the ball as aimlessly as Emile Heskey bearing down on goal and mark players as incompetently as Titis Bramble on a bad day. And to top it all off I am fed up of you wiping your hair over to the side when you make a mistake that has or could of cost us (roughly 5 to 10 times every 90mins. You are terrible Williamson simply woeful

  • 23 Bobbybee // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Toon fan. That certainly is a quality line up. I keep dreading waking up to find out this is all a dream. 😉

  • 24 WLtoon // Jul 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Austin could end up playing in the Championship,imagine that.
    Leicester have already said they wont offer any more than the 12M ,Aston Villa dont seem to be intersted even though they have at least 30M to spend.
    Sherwood wants Adebayour,and if they dont get him its runoured he will be targeting thr striker we were linked with in France,,sorry cant remember his name.
    That leaves us and West Ham supposedly interested,tho neither of us have made an official bid.
    Imo i think austin ould pick West Ham over us bcos he would,nt have to move and disrupt his family,Its kknown that his wife does,nt want to move up north,but them that is just a rumour
    I hope we do sign Austin ,image.the damage him and Mitrovic will do,especially with good service from Wijnaldum and Aarons.

  • 25 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Williamson ? God bless you Son.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    I can’t believe we’d get Rudiger for that price. He’ll go to a proper big club anyway. Too good for us I’m afraid.

  • 27 bladeuser // Jul 23, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Williamson just get out of this club you r an embarrassment and one of the worst players i have ever seen and that includes watching sunday league football

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