Newcastle United Reserve Team coach Adam Sadler was given a glowing reference from one of footballâ€™s coaching greats â€“ Dutchman Louis van Gaal.
Adam Sadler – glowing reference from top Dutch coach
The world-class coach invited Seghill born Adam Sadler over to Holland to work as his assistant at AZ Alkmaar to help enhance the young coach’s outlook on football coaching.
The great Louis van Gaal told the Evening Chronicle in an exclusive interview:
â€œAdam stayed here for one week and watched us work during our training sessions.â€ â€œAdam asks intelligent questions and made a great impression as a human being, but also a great impression football-wise.â€
â€œWe are flooded by requests from coaches from all over Europe, such as Spain, Turkey, Switzerland and Portugal, to do a placement with us who want to obtain a UEFA Pro-Licence.â€
â€œThis season we have got at least 20 applications, including Adam.â€ â€œThe Newcastle United club doctor Iain McGuinness, who worked with Arthur Numan and Shota Arveladze at Glasgow Rangers, introduced Adam to us.â€
â€œSome of coaches stay here for the entire season, like Jan Zoutman, who is now at the helm at First Division side Haarlem, while others, like Ruud Kaiser, coach of the Dutch under-17 squad, come here one day a month.â€
â€œI had conversations with Adam before I asked my assistants, Edgar Metgod in particular, to take care of him.â€
Sadler was at the game between AZ and Sparta Rotterdam, in which Van Gaal guided his side to a 1-0 win. The Newcastle coach is now back in Newcastle preparing the Reserves for their Northumberland Senior Cup final against Blyth Spartans at St Jamesâ€™ Park, which takes place tomorrow evening.Â We’ll have a report on that game.
And Adam seems to have been delighted by the experience he gained in working with one of the world’s top coaches:
â€œI had a watching brief at AZ first of all because Louis van Gaal is in charge there.â€ â€œHe has a great reputation and maintains high standards.â€â€œI was at the UEFA Cup game here in Alkmaar last season and was impressed by the way AZ played.â€ â€œThey managed to reach the next phase after being down 4-2.â€
â€œI had sky-high expectations when I arrived in Alkmaar, and I must admit Van Gaal has lived above and beyond them.
â€œHe has been welcoming and open. He is a man of integrity and has strong moral values.â€ â€œI felt really reassured when I noticed that Van Gaalâ€™s training methods do not differ that much from mine, so I feel I am on the right track.”
â€œVan Gaal asks for maximum concentration during the entire training session and the players have no time to relax.â€ â€œWe are obviously different people, but Van Gaal has been very successful.â€
Adam has done very well this season and of course Sam Allardyce had no hesitation in promoting him to Reserve Team coach earlier in the season.
We’ve mentioned a few times how good Adam seems to be, and he’s handled his young charges in the Reserves, where the average is age is often under 18, to very good success this season. He’s got that great knack of being to inspire the lads, and change tactics, if the game warrants it.
We’d go so far to say that if he keeps developing like he’s done this season this boy could end up managing the club one day. Remember he’s stillÂ just 29 years old, and a Geordie to boot, so he seems to have a great future ahead of him coaching at Newcastle United.
What could be better than that?