Nigel Pearson has today said something that we have feared since the sacking of Sam Allardyce â€“ all the work that was going on behind the scenes for long term success will now be wasted.
Nigel Pearson - fears Sam’s work will be wasted
Nigel told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œI donâ€™t think whoever comes into the job next will be under any illusions that it is going to be anything other than a very difficult job. Itâ€™s disappointing for me because Iâ€™ve seen a lot of the hard work thatâ€™s gone on behind the scenes. That work has been put in for the long-term future, but people donâ€™t necessarily see that side of things.â€
â€œUltimately, the foundations have to be right, and whoever comes in will have their own ideas about how to go forward. Itâ€™ll be a fairly lengthy process and I think there has to be a bit of stability sometime soon. It goes without saying weâ€™re all really disappointed for Sam. Thereâ€™s certainly been a lot of hard work put in.â€
â€œThereâ€™s been a lot of managers in a short period of time. At some point, I know it will be in the clubâ€™s interest for there to be some sort of stability. Unfortunately, though, short-term factors continue to take priority. Whoever takes over will be hoping they get the time that we werenâ€™t given.â€
Sounds like Pearson doesn’t think heâ€™ll be around St. Jamesâ€™ Park too long once the new manager come in. That’s a big pity because heâ€™s an excellent coach, and some other team will quickly pick him up.
But thatâ€™s what happens when you keep switching managers. The manager then keeps switching the players, and thereâ€™s absolutely no long term structure built for the club â€“ and thatâ€™s why we’re where we are.
However much fans didnâ€™t like Big Sam he was doing some excellent stuff behind the scenes, but unfortunately the results on the field were just not good enough. That always has to take precedence of course.
Nigel went on:
â€œThey are people who want the best for their club. There has been a lot of hysteria about this football club, but I think most of the fans really do want some stability. Potentially, this is a very, very big club, but thereâ€™s a long way to go before this club gets back up there.â€
Some of the things we worry about is what happens now to the scouting structure Sam set up – most of those scouts were Sam’s people. And we’re not altogether sure what impact this will have on our youth policy. We do think the idea of bringing in youngsters early on came from Mike and Chris, as an attempt to replicate what Arsenal have done brilliantly over the last 10 years or so, under Arsene Wenger.
So we expect that to continue, and we even see more youngsters arriving before the end of January. But that’s another concern the longer this goes on. We have just 17 days left in the transfer window should the new manager want to bring in some new players.
Once the new manager is appointed we can better assess the damage done to Sam’s behind the scenes work, but we are all in limbo right now – including Nigel and the players. And of course the most important people associated with the Newcastle club, the fans