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.