Newcastle United coach Paul Simpson has been quoted in the Chronicle explaining why he feels the club’s players will be feeling a little nervous.
Simpson has been drafted in as part of the backroom staff operating under manager Steve McClaren and he’s wary of the number of changes made in terms of personnel, having an impact on the playing squad ahead of the new Premier League season next month.
“I think they’re still a little bit nervous because of all the changes that are going on but they’ll get used to us,” he’s quoted by the Chronicle.
“They’ll realise that we’re not the type of people who rule everything with a stick.”
“We want their input into it. We want them to enjoy training, we want them to be enthusiastic and I think when you come back for pre-season, you can’t help but be enthusiastic.”
Why would Newcastle’s players be nervous?
Great changes at any club creates a level of uncertainty in a squad, which can lead to anxiety.
The current side won’t have much idea yet over what to expect under the Steve McClaren team from the new coaches he’s brought in around him.
The nerves will exist because there could be worries over how hard the squad will be pushed in pre-season training and anxiety over how the squad might be treated following a bad result.
A balance approached is key
As Simpson suggests himself, it’s naïve of the club to take an aggressive approach over the squad consistently.
There has to be a balance, aimed at encouraging the squad to enjoy themselves around the training pitch which should help the squad have a spring in their step heading into important competitive games.