Assistant Manager Ian Cathro has reinforced what boss Steve McClaren had to say last week.

The new Head Coach had expressed astonishment when asked by a club employee, why the players were using a football on the first day of pre season training.

The club employee interviewing the Head Coach, explaining to a bemused Steve McClaren, that under Alan Pardew it was some time before the players got to see a football when returning to pre season training.

Ian Cathro says that the way they are doing pre season, sends out a ‘very clear message’ in terms of how they see that they can make big improvements on what has gone before.

He states that total commitment is needed from coaches and players, though with an emphasis on ball work as well as getting in the right physical condition.

No doubt implying that they believe they can get the team playing better as a unit, as well as improving individuals.

The assistant manager also thinks that the trip to America is crucial to Newcastle’s pre season preparations, with things going to be a lot clearer by the time the squad returns to Tyneside.

Despite Cathro’s confidence in improving on what Pardew and Carver did with this group of players, it has to be a massive concern that there still hasn’t been a single player signed.

As McClaren’s assistant says, when the players return from the States it will be in the later stages of preparation for the first home game against Southampton, a match that takes place just over two weeks after the team arrive back in England.

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Ian Cathro speaking to the club’s official website:

“We’re in pre season and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. There are not many parts of this industry that are Monday to Friday, nine-to-five.

“This is all the time or none of the time. You are either in or you are out, in order for us to achieve the things that we need to achieve then everybody needs to be in.”

How you improve things:

 “It is very difficult to play football without the ball, it is an important component of the game, so I think that is a very clear message that that is how you improve things and that is our way of working.

“We have a trip to America and by the time we return, we are going to be in a good position to know what needs to be done in the build up to the new season.”