Steve McClaren’s determined that his Newcastle United get the ball down and play – but he’s NOT looking for “tappy-tappy” football.
The club’s new head coach’s is looking to implement a new playing style at St James’s Park this season.
McClaren wants his team to play from the back – and break forward quickly, and in numbers.
The 54-year-old felt Newcastle’s second goal in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Southampton illustrated the work that has been done so far.
Georginio Wijnaldum headed a first-time Gabriel Obertan cross home after a quick break forward.
But McClaren – whose side take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow – is not looking for his side to pass teams to death.
We need to get balls in the box, get bodies in the box and score goals.Paul Simpson
Assistant coach Paul Simpson said: “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 on 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.”
Simpson – who was McClaren’s No 2 at Derby County – feels the players have responded to the new philosophy.
“They’ve been superb – absolutely fantastic,” he said. “They’re coming in with a smile on their face and doing everything we’ve asked of them.”
McClaren was appointed at Newcastle in June after his dismissal at Derby following the Championship club’s failure to reach the end-of-season play-offs.
Simpson followed McClaren to St James’s Park last month.
“At the end of the season when we missed out on the play-offs, it was difficult,” said Simpson.
“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.”