We have to say we are happy to see Alan Pardew moving quickly to bring in his new coaching team at Newcastle, and he already has two of the three coaches who will share the coaching duties with Alan.
Alan Pardew – moving very fast with coaching appointments
Alan has promoted Steve Stone to one of the positions, because of his excellent work assisting Chris Hughton since Colin Calderwood left in mid-October.
Andy Woodman is the new goalkeeping coach that Steve Harper and Tim Krul (and Fraser Forster) will soon get to know very well, and Alan wants one more coach – with his now number one target being Chris Powell, currently at Leicester City,
One thing that Alan is concentrating on is continuity and that’s to avoid the disaster that happened after Kevin Keegan left the club over two years ago, and he should be given credit for being so sensible.
This is how Alan explained his coaching ideas today:
“Steve Stone’s somebody I’ve 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’m 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. 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. He worked with Joe Royle at Oldham and later at Man City before with evin Keegan.
Willie’s a really good technical coach, and I like to have that at the training ground – 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 was interesting to see Steve giving Nile Ranger instruction before he cam eon last Saturday – and we don’t know what Steve said to the youngster but Nile gave about 90 minutes of effort in those last 35 minutes and he transformed the game Newcastle’s way with his physical presence.
His attacking forays helped Newcastle to further unsettle the Liverpool defense – to manager Roy Hodgson’s amazement and even anger – so much so that Roy very nearly rubbed his face away at one point.
We are told Peter Beardsley is happy to remain Reserve team coach, and with his name and history in the game, and being a local lad too, he’s an excellent coach to bring the youngsters through on Tyneside.
If Peter does well with the Reserve side and and the youngsters he will look forward to becoming a first team, coach but it seems that both Alan and Peter agree, Peter needs to get more coaching experience first – and that’s fine.
So things are starting to look just a little bit more stable on Tyneside, and that’s due to the players and to Alan himself, and they have all done a good job working together so far.
We just need it to continue for a few years.