This pre-season was short this year because the season will finish early next year on May 15th, rather than on May 24th – which was the last day of last season.
That’s because the Euro 2016 Championships are to be held in France next June – so an early season end happens every two years, for the Euros and the World Cup.
Steve McClaren – we’re only half way there
It’s because of that and the two week International break which has just ended, that has slowed many teams from getting into the groove this season.
Most teams have been inconsistent so far this season – including both Newcastle and West Ham.
Steve McClaren is changing the way Newcastle play, and the team still needs time to get accustomed to the new way Steve and the coaching staff want them to play.
This is what the Newcastle head coach has said in the Chronicle today:
“We’re probably about halfway in terms of remodeling things on the field.”
“That’s purely because of the short pre-season and because for two games we’ve played with 10 men.”
“We’ve not got a true picture of our capabilities in terms of an attacking force so I think that we’d like over the next few games to have evidence and see that.”
“Yeah OK – keep that spirit, keep that organisation, stay in games and fight for 95 minutes and those things.”
“And now let’s play our own football, create chances and score goals.”
“There’ll be very little change to the preparation, the Premier League’s always different.” “You get games on a Friday now.”
“And we’ve played two games now at 12:45pm, and two at 3:00pm, but it’s changed so much in terms of when you play, that players just have to adapt and cope with that every single week.”
It’s due to the popularity of the Premier League around the world that games have been played at various times on Saturday and Sunday and Monday night too over the last several years.
As Steve points out, Friday night games are also being played this season for the first time – so that’s now a four-day window in which Premier League games are played.
McClaren has emphasized a few time since he took over the team, that fans have to be patient as the players get used to the new coaching staff and the new way of playing.
But we hope to see the lads play well on Monday night at Upton Park, and Newcastle need to start winning some of these games.
With West Ham losing both their home games this season, maybe we can get all 3 points on Monday night?