Steve McClaren in his press conference today covered a wide range of issues, as the questions came in thick and fast on a number of different topics.
One of the things Steve emphasized was that Newcastle would have to be better than we were last week in those first 20 minutes, and we’d have to be better in holding the ball than we were at Old Trafford, if we are to have any chance of getting a result tomorrow against Arsenal.
At one point in the press conference, Steve said Newcastle were about 50% of where we need to be in last week’s game – if we are to be a really good side.
Florian Thauvin – has played very well so far
At one point it was stated by a correspondent that it looked like a certain Florian Thauvin had settled in really well, and he had a good game on Tuesday night.
This is how McClaren addressed Thauvin – who looks like a new and exciting player for Newcastle:
“He came on with a cameo appearance at Old Trafford and I thought he did well and his touch was very good.”
“He followed that up in the home game, and we thought he was exciting and we thought he would give us a different kind of feel for the team – another dimension.”
“So a great addition, and as I say, the team and the squad is coming together very well.” “We are still searching and we still don’t know what our best team is.”
“But that will come but I’m certainly delighted with the squad.”
Steve comes across as an excellent man-manager, and he said he was very pleased on Tuesday night because it was almost a completely different team that played, and yet we played well and looked organized.
It seems the head coach has already talked to some of our players that their job is to be ready when called upon, and some of them were called on last Tuesday and did very well.
So he said they understand this is a squad game and not everybody can play every week, but that the attitude of the players on Tuesday night was excellent, and Steve was very pleased with the overall performance.
That’s the way you retain a strong squad, every player counts – and the head coach has no intention of letting any of them leave before next Tuesday night.
It all sounds very good to us.