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.”



  • Hez

    Pardew, again, yawn

  • cb1469345

    Isn’t about time you Geordies just let go. Pardew has moved on to pastures new a while ago now, time to get over it. “Me thinks the lady doth protest too much2 and “There’s a thin line between love and hate” come to mind. maybe you two should have got a room while you had the chance… 

    I’m sure you’re all looking forward to experiencing the dazzling football and trophies SM brings to each and every club he oversees. Try concentrating on that instead of crying in to your cinzano, you’ll feel better for it.

  • Hez

    cb1469345  Couldn’t agree more

  • Kazie23

    I’m delighted about us having Ian Cathro in our teamas I see him as our next Manager

  • 1957

    It is a pleasant change to have coaching staff talking in measured terms about the job they are doing. One thing I think we can be sure of with this coaching team is we won’t be subject to a constant diet of self promotion or idiotic ranting that Carver specialised in. For that I am grateful as entertaining as it sometimes was.
    If they can deliver on their plans, tactically and player wise, we should be in for a reasonable season.

  • TeamGB

    I like the sound of this fella, clearly a focused professional individual, I do hope this radiates throughout the squad. We’ve had straight talkers within the non-playing staff before, but none with substance…..good luck bonny lad…!