Steve McClaren: What my message to Newcastle players would be

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says that he wants Newcastle United to play the way they did against West Ham United on the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has revealed to The Chronicle the message he wants to give to his players for next season.

The former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager wants the Newcastle players to play with the same passion and fire they showed against West Ham United on the final day of the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.

“What I saw on the last day (of the season) against West Ham – the whole build-up, the message from the owner and the atmosphere – that’s how I remember Newcastle United Football Club,” McClaren told The Chronicle.

“From being here as a manager, spectator and pundit that’s how I know it, as a unique place to come. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up – it’s a ‘wow’ feeling. It’s a theatre.”

“My message to the players on the first day back will be to look at that game – those are standards you have to produce every week,” added the Englishman.

Newcastle headed into the game against West Ham at St. James’ Park knowing that a win will secure their survival in the Premier League irrespective of results elsewhere.

The Magpies were in poor form at the time, but the players raised their game and deservedly won the encounter 2-0.

After a goalless first half at St. James’ Park, France international midfielder Moussa Sissoko headed Newcastle in the lead in the 54th minute.

Then with just five minutes of normal time remaining, Jonas Gutierrez made it 2-0 for the home team.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, hosts Newcastle had 41% of the possession, took 17 shots of which four were on target and earned two corners.

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