Alan Pardew is wasting no time in getting his coaching team together, and has so far made three appointments.
Willie Donachie – while manager of Milwall
The Newcastle manager has welcomed goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman – who apparently arrives from Charlton Athletic today, and Alan has also promoted Reserve team assistant Steve Stone to the first team squad of coaches.
And thirdly, Pardew has promoted senior Academy coach Willie Donachie to the first-team training base.
Peter Beardsley will continue as the Reserve team coach to gain more experience, and that seems to be what Peter wants to do, and that’s also a very important job Peter has – that’s for sure.
Steve Stone has done a good job assisting Chris Hughton since Colin Calderwood left the club in mid October, and he also assisted Alan last week, and it seems that Pardew gets on well with Stone and has immediately promoted him.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Steve Stone is somebody I have leaned on heavily in the last few days, and I have really enjoyed my time working with him, even if it has been short.”
“I am going to give him an improved contract to come and work with the first team.” “He has the respect of the players.”
“And I always want continuity when I come into a club.”
Alan has also promoted 59 year-old former Scotland international Donachie to the first team squad of coaches, and Alan talked about his thinking for this:
“With continuity in mind as well as I am going to move Willie Donachie up to the first-team area from the Academy.”
“He will work with Peter Beardsley and maybe cross over to myself on occasion.”
So Alan has wasted no time in bringing two coaches into his first team squad from the Academy and the Reserve side, and he is still expected to appoint his assistant soon.
Pardew talked about what he wants to do with the Newcastle coaching team:
“My idea is to have a young coaching team and to grow with the team.” “One of the reasons I have taken Willie Donachie out of the Academy is because he has that first-team experience as well.”
“Willie is a really good technical coach and I like to have that at the training ground because he ticks that box.”
“It means I can bring in another one of Steve Stone’s type, and I think that will give us a nice balance at the training ground where all the players have got a coach to lean on and they can find somebody that they trust in a special way.”
“It’s not just first-team coaches, it can be a junior coach that influences you.” “So it’s Steve Stone, Willie Donachie and myself at the moment plus one other.” “There are plenty of people there.”
Peter Beardsley is quite happy with his work with the younger players at Newcastle, and that seems a little surprising since the news we were told over the last several weeks was that Chris Hughton was told by Ashley and company, that they wanted Peter promoted to be a first team coach – but that may have just been paper talk.
There’s been a lot of that about these last several weeks.
“Peter prefers that area, and that’s fine.” “He hasn’t got much experience as a coach although he was outstanding as a player – one of the best we produced.”
“That brings its own special quality to the training ground too, having what is essentially a football legend there.”
“There is plenty of technical expertise there and I am happy with the way it is panning out.”
As we reported earlier today the favorite for the Newcastle Assistant manager position seems to be Ray Lewington, and if Alan can wrap that position up within the next day or two – he will have done very well to put his team in place quickly – and that’s good.
It seems that Alan has plenty of choice for his Assistant manager as well, as he continued:
“I’ve got about four or five names and I am not sure which one yet – I have to get the balance right.”
It’s good to see Alan move quickly – because that’s important to help maintain some stability at the club, after all the daft goings on of last week.