Alan Pardew has come out today and talked about where he sees Newcastle going over the next (almost) six years, the length of his contract – if he’s still on Tyneside by then – which is most unlikely.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle United manager 2010 – ?
This is what Alan said about what he sees as the future of Newcastle United:
“By 2016 I would see us certainly challenging the top seven positions.” “Hopefully producing players from within.” “I would like them to be local lads as well – there is nothing better in a city than having players coming through.”
“I don’t think there have been too many recently and it would be nice to increase that.” “I saw Barcelona had eight local players in their first team recently – why can’t we?”
“I am not going to compare Newcastle to Barcelona, but Newcastle is a big club.” “I feel in the short-term I need to look to stabilize and then maybe in the summer look at foundations to go forward.”
Given Newcastle are now in 8th place in the Premier League, we would very much hope we’d be challenging for the top 7 positions in six years time – come on Alan!
There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew had eagerly bought into the vision of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – which is based very much on the success Arsenal have had since Arsene Wenger took over at the Gunners back in 1996.
But so did Chris Hughton of course, and he was hardly any problem for the owner, and had amazing success in a very short 16 months – but that didn’t help him when push came to shove by the owner this week.
We have no idea why Chris was sacked, other than it was nothing to do with the club’s official reason that they wanted a more experienced manage in the Premier League.
But we do wish Alan the very best of luck, because hell need it – but he’s got off to a much better start than anybody expected, by coming across as really passionate for the Newcastle club in the few days he has been on Tyneside.
And the news is that he’s already done considerable homework in making sure he knows all about the great Newcastle United history – that’s good.
Howay The Lads!!