We’ve seen Newcastle try to play good attacking football since Steve McClaren took over the side, and his appointment no doubt helped to attract good players like Wijnaldum, Mitrovic and Mbemba to the club this summer.
McClaren’s philosophy is to play the ball from defense into attack quickly, as we saw when Newcastle scored the second goal on Sunday, with Cisse playing the ball quickly forward to Gabby Obertan, who put in a terrific right wing cross for Wijnaldum to brilliantly head the ball home – that was an excellent goal from Newcastle.
McClaren and Simpson on Sunday
Assistant coach Paul Simpson was doing some of the interview duties yesterday, as Steve McClaren was in Stockton celebrating his son Josh getting 4 A levels, and qualifying to go to Northumbria University in Newcastle to study psychology starting soon.
Paul Simpson talked about how Newcastle want to play under McClaren:
“We’ve got some very, very talented players. The philosophy will be to play football.” “We don’t want to take stupid risks, but if it’s on to play, we want to play.”
“We also want to attack, and when we get in that final third, we don’t want to be pretty-pretty, tappy-tappy football.”
“We need to get balls in the box, get bodies in the box and score goals.” “We prided ourselves on the work we did at Derby County when we were very high scorers in the division in both seasons.”
“We’ve got to try to rise to that challenge at this next level in the Premier League, which is going to be tough.”
“But we’ve got to be in a position where we can get enough goals to achieve what we want to do this season.”
“The players have been superb – absolutely fantastic.” “They’re coming in with a smile on their face and doing everything we’ve asked of them.”
“At the end of the season when we missed out on the play-offs at Derby, it was difficult.” “Then all of a sudden things changed.” “Steve lost his job and we came into here.
“It’s a great opportunity. We’re going to do everything we can to make it a success.”
It seems that the strategy is to get forward quickly from defense, and when we get in the box not to mess around (like a certain team in London who play in red and white often do), but to get the ball in the back of the net as quickly as possible.
If we can get a good defense together, and we can also start to score some goals we should do quite well this season.
That’s the hope.
Howay The Lads!!