Assistant coach Paul Simpson seems very experienced and he’s been interviewed a few times since he arrived on Tyneside to link up again with Steve McClaren after he was his right hand man at Derby County for the last couple of seasons.
Paul talked about a lot of different things to nufcTV, and he is hoping our team will be a lot better than we were at Swansea last Saturday, and we need to show a lot more belief than we seemed to have at the Liberty Stadium.
Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson against Southampton
We also need to get off to a much better start than we did at Swansea, when we were on the back foot from the first whistle and it seems only a matter of time before the Swans scored – which they did through Bafe Gomis after 9 minutes.
Paul also talked about new signing 22 year-old Florian Thauvin, who will need time to get used to the Premier League would could feature in the second half on Saturday:
“He’s a really talented footballer, somebody who we hope will add to the group and improve the group.” “If he’s involved at Old Trafford on Saturday, we’re not expecting him to go and set the world alight straight away.”
“But if we can get him involved, it will give the whole football club a boost, and the rest of the players because they want competition for places.” “And I also hope it will give the supporters a boost because so far, we’ve only got one point.”
“But the level of performance against Southampton gave us all a little taste of where we can get to and what levels can be achieved.”
“Hopefully with the new signings coming in, we’ll go into the rest of this period before January with a good group of players, a group of players who all want to be part of this football club, who all want to give 100% every day in training and in every game that we have.”
“If we’ve got that, we can’t really ask any more of them.”
Florian Thauvin came across very well in his interviews yesterday, and the young Frenchman said all the right hings both to the Geordie supporters, but also to the Marseille fans whom he thanked for their support over the last two years.
Steve McClaren said when he first arrived in early June that the next three transfer windows would be crucial for Newcastle United, as the club tried to start building a really good team that could challenge for trophies such as the League Cup and the FA Cup.
So we wouldn’t be at all surprised if by January we have one or two players lined up that we could bring in, if we need them.
We are hoping the lads will be in a reasonable position in the league by then – but we don’t ever want to go through the second half of a season like we had to earlier this year – it was just far too painful for a club as proud as Newcastle.
So if we are in the bottom half of the table in January, we would definitely expect more players to come into the club – maybe even a loan signing.
And we may see one or two more players still brought in during the next 11 days to further improve our squad.
What do you think?