Steve McClaren has revealed that he doesn’t think travelling to America is ideal preparation for the new Premier League season.

The new Head Coach saying that there are too many miles to cover and he’d rather have stayed in Europe.

However, McClaren says that with the trip arranged before his arrival he will just make the best of it.

He also said that the friendly against Gateshead was invaluable as it had shown him and his coaches what the players can and can’t do.

Speaking after the Gateshead match and before setting off to America, Steve McClaren told NUFC TV:

“We certainly know what we are going to work on next week – a little bit of finishing! We got in great situations and great areas but lacked that finish.

“We’re just trying to get the team comfortable keeping the ball, keeping possession. We were still too slow at times but we’ll work on that, I thought though it was good seeing the boys wanting to play.

Going from 10mph to 90mph:

“When we went from 10 miles per hour to 90 miles per hour we looked very dangerous, if we had scored three or four we’d have been very pleased.

“Invaluable for the coaches because we have now seen what the players can and can’t do.

Players knowing their jobs:

“It’s going to be a lot of travel and I can’t say it is always healthy that kind of travel, normally like to stay European based, but it is something we have to deal with.

“Next week will be the games and discipline & organisation – players knowing their jobs.”

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