Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Are Siem-Ingly Heading in the Right Direction with Steve; Dutch Star De Jong Says McClaren Has a Clear Tactical Vision of How He Wants Newcastle to Approach Games

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Are Siem-Ingly Heading in the Right Direction with Steve; Dutch Star De Jong Says McClaren Has a Clear Tactical Vision of How He Wants Newcastle to Approach Games

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

SIEM DE Jong says that Steve McClaren's arrival at Newcastle United has resulted in a "clear vision" of how the Magpies are set to play this season.

There were times under Alan Pardew when United looked one-dimensional and when things were going horribly wrong there was no Plan B. De Jong feels that under McClaren the black-and-whites are heading in a different direction, not least with the former FC Twente manager's introduction capturing the attention of the club's Dutch contingent. Looking ahead to the new season, when asked if McClaren's achievements had the respect of the array of Dutch players at the club, De Jong told the Chronicle: "He won the league in Holland.

"We (Ajax) were second that season so maybe he was lucky! I had never trained with him because he was of course coach of the competition.

"In Holland he was successful with a team that wasn't winning a lot of titles.

"So it was a great prize for the team then. "I have worked with him now for a couple of weeks and he wants to play the same way we are used to in Holland.

"For us Dutch guys that's nice.

"But we need to get used to each other as a team.

"I know him a bit, but it's good to have him here and he really wants to play football.

"I think there is a clear vision of how we want to play."

With Georginio Wijnaldum of PSV Eindhoven also on board - fresh from winning the title - De Jong is set to be a key figure this season along with Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and long-serving keeper Tim Krul.

De Jong is happy with the way things are unfolding going into his second year at the club, and added: "There are also a couple of guys coming in so the squad is getting stronger.

"We still need to improve in pre-season though."

Newcastle go into the new season with both former title-winning captains of Ajax AND PSV in their ranks this season. …

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