Jack Colback has provided an insight into the playing style Steve McClaren is working to implement at Newcastle United, while he suggests that the players are 'buying in' to the former England manager's practices very quickly, according to the Chronicle.
Off the field, McClaren has been quick to install a no-nonsense style at St. James' Park, with his players and set some solid ground rules such as no swearing or mobile phones at the training ground working areas.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, Colback has noticed a significant change in the club's approach. The 54-year-old has already committed himself to playing an offensive brand of football with the Magpies, which is sure to be enjoyed by the club's fans.
Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Colback highlighted this change in tactics, saying: "He wants us to pass, but pass with a purpose.
"He wants to play attacking passing football which I am sure the fans will appreciate and hopefully we can implement that.
He continued: "He’s won things in the past and he has a great reputation and it’s a new style. It’s different ideas that are being brought into the club slowly. All the players are buying into him.
"We as players want to be successful as much as everybody else, the fans as well."
Newcastle lost the opening game of their United States tour and are now preparing to face Sacramento Republic in California on Saturday evening. Despite defeat, the feeling is clearly one of optimism in the Toon camp.
Following a dismal second half of last season under John Carver - in which the Magpies avoided the drop by the slimmest of margins - the Magpies faithful will be hoping McClaren has what it takes to change the club's fortunes.