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McClaren On Thauvin – A Great Addition To The Club

5:35 pm, Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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.

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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.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    That 3-1-2 way of lining up is possible since the arrival of Mitrovic I would say.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Sazzer, would be nice to give it a whirl but McClaren seems pretty rigid in his 4231 which is a shame as i dont think it has ever worked at the Toon!

  • 4 Novocastrian66 // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Canny article in the Gaurdian for a change.

  • 5 Sazzer // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Early days. A couple of injuries on our wingers and McClaren might end up with more centrally balance formation.

  • 6 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Sutty – With respect please think about my posts your planning to respond to as you frequently don’t appreciate what I have been getting at. I don’t have secretarial support its just me and I generally do like to respond wherever possible.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    You’re right, i quite often don’t get where you are coming from. You have a very theoretical view of football management but you never seem to actually link that to what happens at the club or on the pitch. My earlier response to you’re managerial was not a dig, i came across it when browsing through earlier posts and found it interesting if somewhat irrelevant to the reality of the situation so i thought i’d add a few comments.

  • 8 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    The core concepts were broadly the ones under which Ferguson managed ManU. He sought to impose them upon those working under him eg Steve McClaren.

    As far as monitoring SM’s achievement of the said concepts he has only been managing at the toon for a few months. Root and branch means the whole of NUFC with short term ambitions but longer term goals.
    On ceding control McClaren is ultimately responsible for managing the players and he will liaise with his coaches at various levels but he is accountable. He will want to be respected as a professional and not suffer any when fans/ supporters question his decisions. He will endeavour to communicate when he feels it appropriate. His priority is to win football matches.
    The power of observation means using his gut instincts when assessing players in training- today there is countless match data but watching players training can confirm or otherwise. It is far to early to be making decisions regarding adaptation towards a long term programme.
    We don’t know what has been said privately to the playing staff – by definition.

  • 9 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Sutty – I am interpreting the practice. It’s not theoretical because – if you like it was the bible that SAF managed by. If your not going to spend thinking time I’ll simply ignore you.

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