Alan Pardew has officially been appointed the new manager at Newcastle United, and he will meet with the players today and may even take the training.
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle skipper now vital to Newcastle
It is important and even good that Alan gets a couple of days with the players before the crucial Liverpool game on Saturday afternoon – it’s the late kick off game at 5:30 pm.
Kevin is the captain of Newcastle United, and he is a born leader and has been great for Newcastle ever since Chris Hughton took over at Newcastle in July of 2009.
Now it is up to Kevin to show the way, show real leadership, and do what’s best for the club, and that means to help Alan Pardew as much as he can and ensure the rest of the playing staff do exactly the same thing.
The fans are absolutely disgusted once again with Mike Ashley, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s not Mike who trains the team every week – thank God – it’s now Pardew and whoever his new coaching staff will be.
Oh no – I’ve just had a mental flash of what might happen if Alan fails – it would be good to see Mike in a track suit. 😀
The news this morning is that Pardew wants to bring in Ray Lewington, who is currently at Fulham as his assistant, and Andy Woodman, currently at Charlton, as the new goalkeeping coach in place og the departed Paul Barron.
And Sky Sports showed some video of the meeting between Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew and others at a posh Northumberland hotel last night, thought to be the Slaley Hall Hotel, at the completion of what looked like a working dinner.
One of the people there embraced Alan at the end of the meeting, and he’ll need all the support he can get, with the situation as it is currently on Tyneside, with it being none of his doing of course.
And we have to think Alan not only knows exactly about what Ashley wants to do at Newcastle but also supports it.
He wouldn’t have got the job otherwise.
Player acquisition seems to be a key ingredient and the club will continue to have a very limited transfer budget going forward, but we also understand Alan has lots of player contacts that may help unearth some top players. We have to hope that’s true.
We’d love to see the players show some maturity, and we look to the likes of Nolan, Harper and Smith to show the rest of the squad the way, and be professional – it’s time right now for them to move on and do the very best they can for the club starting on Saturday afternoon.
And that means doing the very best they can for their new manager on Tyneside.