Paul Simpson says that despite the players doing some ‘fantastic things’ against Norwich, nobody at the club is ‘deluding’ themselves that everything is fine now.

Ahead of the derby match, Steve McClaren’s first team coach says that there have been plenty of things to work on, as the coaching staff look for improvement on the clear weaknesses that still exist in the team.

Simpson says that for the first time this season, everybody inside the football club has had a chance to enjoy a few days after the relief of that 6-2 win.

I think all of us on the outside can all empathise with that…

Paul Simpson reminds us though of just how fragile that result against Norwich became at 3-2 with the visitors in total control, until thankfully Newcastle broke and scored that Mitrovic goal which knocked the stuffing out of the Canaries.

The coach says that the job is still a work in progress and they knew it was going to take time.

However, if/when they get to their final destination he says the fans ‘will absolutely love it’.

For starters, let’s hope we are all absolutely loving it at 2pm this afternoon.

Paul Simpson talking to the club’s official tv channel:

“When you win 6-2 in a Premier League game, the sun is certainly going to shine. We have had a chance to enjoy a couple of days, which is the first time this season.

“Against Norwich we did some fantastic things. We are not deluding ourselves that everything is rosy in the garden and we don’t need to worry about stuff. There are things we need to keep working on.

“As Steve (McClaren) keeps saying, we are a work in progress. Sunday was a fantastic relief for everybody and when I say everybody, I am going to be selfish and say us as staff, then the players, but also a massive relief for the supporters.

“The harder you work the luckier you get and the more your results come. On Sunday it could have been easy for us to go under at 3-2, thankfully we didn’t.

“Our job is to win games of football, that is what we have come to do.

“We all know what a fantastic place this could be if we get it right.

“We weren’t expecting to come in on 1 July and tap everything with a magic wand and put it right. When we get it right the supporters will absolutely love it.”