There have been countless reports recently where Newcastle players have been quoted, saying that they are really enjoying Steve McClaren’s coaching system.

However, is there a covert attack on Alan Pardew hidden in these interviews?

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First up we have Steven Taylor.

Saying in an interview with the Chronicle,

“It used to be old school like ‘run, run, run’ – but now it has been different and all of the lads have bought into it.¨

Whilst you could argue whether or not this is an actual attack on Alan Pardew’s training sessions, it does show that his training sessions were archaic and out of date.

This style of training should come as no surprise when we remember the brand of football that was served up under Pardew and Carver. I believe that this is an attack on Pardew’s brand of training, Taylor trying to get across to the supporters that the old coaching method was a negative.

The second example comes from Yoan Gouffran, who claims that he is enjoying the passing style that McClaren is trying to implement on Tyneside. Speaking to the Club’s official website, the French forward said:

“It’s different (life under Steve McClaren) but good, they (coaching staff) want to play well and want us to show good things all the time.

“He (McClaren) wants us to pass the ball and that will suit the players we have. It is a very good idea.”

I think this one is a cunning attack on Pardew largely because of the final line “He (McClaren) wants us to pass the ball and that will suit the players we have. It is a very good idea.”

What Gouffran is saying to me here is that Pardew was NOT playing a style of football that suited the players we had (something everyone knew).

Gouffran was slated for his performances last season, so it would make sense for him to have some kind of explanation for that and this seems to be it.

It seems from this series of interviews/quotes that there is a coordinated attack from Newcastle players, taking covert swipes at Alan Pardew’s coaching methods.

Maybe this change of coaching will be like a breath of fresh air for the Newcastle players and will allow them to play with more flair and confidence, let’s hope so…

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