There’s one thing about Alan Pardew we were very aware of before he was ever appointed manager of Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – has huge choice of coaches
And that is that he has every confidence in his own ability as a football manager, and a little bit of that has comes through this morning.
He seems to have no worries he’ll be able to bring in a top coach to Newcastle, but he wants to make sure it’s the right one – and that’s fair enough.
With the possibility of Chris Powell coming to Newcastle as a coach never really materializing, Alan still has to appoint one additional first team coach.
And Alan has said there is nothing likely to happen in the next day or so.
Alan talked today:
“If I’m honest I could have 20 coaches here tomorrow if need be.” “But I have to get somebody who fits the right criteria here to what I’m trying to do here.”
“I’ve moved Steve Stone up because what I found with him is he has the loyalty of the players.” “The extra coach who comes in means we’ll have one coach for every 10 players here.
“That is the sort of figure you should have at a top club.”
Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and Willie Donachie are helping Alan with the first-team training this week, and it would appear that Newcastle were really thin on the ground when Alan arrived, as far as the first team coaching was concerned.
Of course we know that because Chris hadn’t been allowed to replace Colin Calderwood with Ray Lewington.
We wonder if Chris put two and two together about what would happen? Just a thought.
Alan now has a little bit of time, after we beat Birmingham on Saturday, of bringing in a first class coach.