Newcastle Coach Sadler Gets Glowing Reference

Newcastle United Reserve Team coach Adam Sadler was given a glowing reference from one of football’s coaching greats – 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:

“Adam stayed here for one week and watched us work during our training sessions.” “Adam asks intelligent questions and made a great impression as a human being, but also a great impression football-wise.”

“We 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.”

“This season we have got at least 20 applications, including Adam.” “The Newcastle United club doctor Iain McGuinness, who worked with Arthur Numan and Shota Arveladze at Glasgow Rangers, introduced Adam to us.”

“Some 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.”

“I had conversations with Adam before I asked my assistants, Edgar Metgod in particular, to take care of him.”

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 James’ Park, which takes place tomorrow evening.  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:

“I had a watching brief at AZ first of all because Louis van Gaal is in charge there.” “He has a great reputation and maintains high standards.”“I was at the UEFA Cup game here in Alkmaar last season and was impressed by the way AZ played.” “They managed to reach the next phase after being down 4-2.”

“I had sky-high expectations when I arrived in Alkmaar, and I must admit Van Gaal has lived above and beyond them.

“He has been welcoming and open. He is a man of integrity and has strong moral values.” “I felt really reassured when I noticed that Van Gaal’s training methods do not differ that much from mine, so I feel I am on the right track.”

“Van Gaal asks for maximum concentration during the entire training session and the players have no time to relax.” “We are obviously different people, but Van Gaal has been very successful.”

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 still  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?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Everyone check out the crap Bramble has been spewing

    What a W****R! i cant believe someone who was so poor for us for so long has the cheek to speak like that.

  • Eric

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree Spyro. Saw his crap opinion. Talk about sour grapes. He only looks good now because he is with players even more average than him. Played shite now he talks it. The git could not trap a sandbag – or a handbag for that matter.

  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Heres a little reminder of why everyone at NUFC HATED Bramble. enjoy.

  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Eric the thing is, he doesnt even look good now, he still looks crap and he is a championship defender at BEST. and i am being generous when i say that. He is so dumb it is unbelievable. He is like a little kid who cannot keep their concentration and is distracted by every little thing.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    exactly .. shambles is still making mistake for the mighty wigan when he plays .. no wonder steve bruce dropped him basically straight away.

    he hasnt got a right to talk after being part of the clown centre back partnership we once used to have. (boumsong and bramble .. thank god weve moved on from them).

    about sadler seems to be a good young coach but h8 van gaal. too cocky remember him spewing his mouth before our uefa cup match last season which we won 4-2. gutted at that cos ave always said if tha ref hadnt gave a pen at 4-1 to AZ (which wasnt a pen he couldnt get his hand out the way in time) .. then i feel we would have won over in AZ being 4-1 up. then u neva know what could have happend but there u go this is newcastle…

  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    i suppose scottyt, but we still had a two goal lead and if we cant defend that then quite frankly i dont think we deserved to go through

  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    i didnt realise that sadler is a geordie good good, maybe oneday for him, but shearer might have something to say about that, lets just wait and see.

  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah i just read the tit-us interview. he is quite a joker

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #9

    too true spyro.. was so disappointing. we didnt go for the win over there though that was the thing that annoyed me. we had to go at them otherwise u just knew that if we played for a draw they would do what they did.

    also didnt think playing huntington at left back in a massive game like that helped us .. but that was roeders fault for not buying a left back. tbh weve only had 1 left back for the last 2 or 3 season ridiculous really.

  • ToonKing

    Apr 22, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    wasn’t it Titus who who headed a Nobby corner in last season against Chelski to give us the 1-0 win ???

    he’s still Tit’s Shambles though….

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 22, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Sadler will win us the Northumberland Senior Cup tomorrow night and the likes of Tozer, Kadar and Baheng will get their first taste of Silverware for the Toon.

    Here’s hoping.

  • Bill F

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    From little eggs do mighty Magpies grow.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Bramble is the worst defender i have ever seen. He is also the Thickest looking bloke i have ever seen 🙂

  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    he did his best and his best wasn’t good enough period.

    all men are not born equal in my humble opinion.

    ppl make mistake, in the same way it was a mistake to buy him in the first place.

    now don’t go attacking me silly bramble. kick u in the nuts.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 23, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #15

    He came up with the odd important goal it must be said but as a defender he sucks. He goes to Wigan, gets dropped from their first side and then says NUFC habe not won anything for years. Well with shit players like you Bramble its no bloody suprise isn’t it???

    Off to the championship you go!! Even if Wigan stay up (fingers crossed) they’ll be getting rid of dead wood.

  • Len

    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Meanwhile back at the ranch … great to hear Adam is doing well, I would challenge him to get reserve team into top 3, 18 year olds or not. If reserve in top 3 then sooner or later side senior side will be as well.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 23, 2008 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Adam Sadler has done well for us since taking over the reserve team and seems to be an unsung hero at the club.We had lost our way slightly after Tommy Craig left.
    I see no reason why he cant be a contener to manage the first team eventually if he continues to learn and improve at this rate.
    Liverpool used to promote from within the famous boot room academy and of course we currently have Keegan and McDermott here.

  • Jonny

    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    eric, bramble doesnt even look good now, he can’t even get in the wigan first team – tells you all you need to know….


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