When Newcastle United put Mike Williamson up as a spokesman, it produces the following reactions from supporters….

Is he still here?

He seems a really canny lad but WHY is he still here?

Why on earth are the club putting Mike Williamson quotes out just two weeks before the season when this is supposed to be a brave new dawn?

Wijnaldum and Mitrovic look great signings but having Willo speak, is simply reminding everybody of just how desperate the defence is, amongst other areas of the pitch.

Centre-back is by far the weakest part of Newcastle’s team and even if the anticipated signing of Chancel Mbemba does happen, it is totally unrealistic to expect him to sort out the defence by himself.

The idea of having Mike Williamson as part of Newcastle’s team this season is a massive worry and you have to ask yourself, if they were actively trying to get him out of the club why would United have him talking about the preparations for the new season.

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As we keep on saying, Williamson is a tryer but he should be trying in the Championship or lower, not the Premier League…at least not at Newcastle.

To have him talking this rubbish about taking on loads of new ideas, and how this will help him and the others who are not up to the job, to be suddenly much better players is total fantasy.

Plus the pre season results and especially performances have given not one bit of evidence that Mike Williamson and the others not up to standard have learnt anything.

Mike Williamson speaking to the official club website:

“America was a good trip, the training was a good tempo, there was loads to take on and learn from the head coach and his staff.

“This is probably the most tactical work I’ve done in pre-season for a long time and his (Steve McClaren’s)  coaches have a lot of ideas, it is good to learn them and start putting them into practice in the matches.

Full of fresh ideas:

“It’s right up there because there it is a new environment and mentality, which is full of fresh ideas – it is a pleasure to be a part of it.”

“The gaffer wants to get as much information as he can across but he is not overloading us.”

A different dimension:

“Every day he (Steve McClaren) is adding a different dimension, tactic or idea. Something else is put into our heads and we are building.

“With each fixture we play we have more ideas than the last and it is all about building up for that first game of the season, when we should be at full strength, physically, tactically and mentally.”

***Tomorrow’s club exclusive – Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran explain how Steve McClaren has turned them into creative and goalscoring midfielders.