Steven McClaren is determined that his Newcastle United get the ball down and play – but he is NOT looking for “tappy-tappy” football.
The Magpies’ new head coach’s is looking to implement a new playing style at St James’s Park this season.
McClaren wants his team to play from the back – and break forward quickly, and in numbers.
The 54-year-old felt Newcastle’s second goal – Georginio Wijnaldum heading home a first-time Gabriel Obertan cross in a rapid break down the flank – in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Southampton illustrated the work that has been done so far.
But McClaren – whose side visit Swansea City tomorrow – is not looking for his side to pass teams to death.
Assistant coach Paul Simpson said: “We’ve got some very, very talented players.
“The philosophy will be to play football.
“We don’t want to take stupid risks, but if it’s on to play, we want to play.
“We also want to attack, and when we get in that final third, we don’t want to be pretty, pretty, tappy-tappy football.
“We need to get balls in the box, get bodies in the box and score goals.
“We prided ourselves on the work we did at Derby County when we were very high scorers in the division on both seasons.
“We’ve got to try to rise to that challenge at this next level in the Premier League, which is going to be tough.
“But we’ve got to be in a position where we can get enough goals to achieve what we want to do this season.”
Simpson – who was also McClaren’s No 2 at Derby – feels the players have responded to the new philosophy.
“They’ve been superb – absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“They’re coming in with a smile on their face and doing everything we’ve asked of them.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle have slapped a £2million price tag on Panathinaikos target Mehdi Abeid.
The 23-year-old’s future lies away from St James’s Park, with the Algeria midfielder having been made availablef for transfer.
He spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Greek giants Panathinaikos.