Newcastle No 2 Jason Tindall is the talk of their dressing room as ‘desperation to be the centre of attention’ goes viral on Twitter – and Eddie Howe admits ‘he’s more extroverted’ as he reveals his new nickname
- Twitter account ‘Jason Tindall desperate to be centre of attention’ has gone viral
- It pokes fun at Newcastle’s assistant, who has a habit of upstaging Eddie Howe
- Howe put the viral Twitter account down to Tindall’s ‘good looking’ appearance
Newcastle assistant boss Jason ‘Mad Dog’ Tindall can’t get enough of the parody Twitter account that’s catapulted him to social media stardom.
Eddie Howe’s number two has come in for plenty of stick from Toon players and coaches after the site set up in his honour went viral.
‘Jason Tindall desperate to be centre of attention’ pokes fun at the 45-year-old – posting images of him pushing to shake hands with opposing managers before Howe, positioning himself in the middle of team celebration photos and making sure he’s the first person to greet players when they’re substituted.
Tindall has embraced the online appreciation society – which has more than 42,000 followers – and his ‘Mad Dog’ nickname for his touchline antics.
Boss Howe reckons his long-term lieutenant loves the limelight, and he said: ‘We’ve spent the last half hour having a laugh with him about certain things he’s been sent. It’s crazy how social media can create these things.
Eddie Howe’s assistant manager Jason Tindall (above) has come in for plenty of stick from Newcastle’s players and coaches after a Twitter account set up in his honour has gone viral
‘Jason Tindall desperate to be centre of attention’ pokes fun at the No 2 stealing the limelight
‘He’s a good looking guy so when people take pictures of him he gives off a good smile. He’s an energetic personality and definitely more extrovert than I am – that’s why we work well together but at his core he’s a serious coach and he wants to be successful.
‘He has his roles and responsibilities and he does those very well. I’ve heard this Mad Dog nickname and to be fair we have started to call him that now so we have good fun in the coaches’ room about it.’
Third-placed Newcastle travel to Leeds on Saturday looking to cement their bid for a top four finish.
Two wins from their last four games should be enough to qualify for the Champions League, and Howe added: ‘Would we be disappointed to miss out on the top four now? I have to say at this moment, probably yes.
Tindall (right) has helped Howe (left) in his pursuit of a top four finish at Newcastle this season
The Newcastle boss put the viral Twitter account down to Tindall’s ‘good looking’ appearance
‘I don’t really want to focus on that negative, it’s a difficult question to answer because you’re trying to take me somewhere that I don’t want to be. We want to consolidate where we are at the moment and do as well as we can in these final games.
‘I think in sport the last bit is always the most difficult. That’s why it’s important to alleviate the pressure from the players and we’ve tried to do that in training this week.
‘We’ve made sure they have enjoyed themselves and have had some fun and just switched off from the endless things they will hear because sometimes in sport the more you think, the more you damage yourselves.’
Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee problem, and Howe fears Sean Longstaff could also be sidelined for the four remaining games with a foot ligament issue.
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