Why Steve McClaren is wary of ‘horrible’ Bournemouth

Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren
Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren

Paul Simpson has warned Newcastle United that Bournemouth are a “horrible side to play against” ahead of tomorrow’s game at the Goldsands Stadium.

Simpson and head coach Steve McClaren came up against Eddie Howe’s team in the Championship last season while in charge of Derby County.

Bournemouth are one point – and place – above Newcastle in the Premier League this season, and the game has taken on huge importance for both clubs.

Assistant coach Simpson said: “Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall have done a magnificent job, not just with the results they’ve picked up but the style of football they’ve played.

“They were a horrible side to play against, but a very good side to watch. They had a real good pattern on play, they pass the ball well and they’ve got energy about them. Injuries have just knocked the stuffing out of them.

“They had a decent start to the season, and they looked as if they were going to cope OK, but they’ve just hit a wall over the last few weeks. They’ll know the importance of this game.”

More than 1,200 United fans will make the long journey to Bournemouth.

Simpson added: “Bournemouth is a nice, tight, compact stadium with a fantastic playing surface and a good atmosphere.

“It’ll be made even better with our fans down there. I believe we’ve got a real good turnout going.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we’re coming home from Bournemouth, and all of our fans are making that nice, short trip back up north, they’ve all got something to smile about.”