Alan Pardew has come into the Newcastle hot seat, and seems to have done his homework about Newcastle and their players.
Alan Pardew – welcome to Newcastle
And one task he gave himself was to review all the games this season so far on video – to get a grasp on how the players have performed – and he’s three quarters of the way through that.
One thing we like about Alan is that he seems to have a lot of common sense, and has seen the team spirit is excellent and doesn’t want to upset that at all.
And as far as the January transfer window is concerned, Alan thinks maybe a couple of players, depending on who is available, could come in during January, but no major surgery is necessary on the squad he has inherited.
This is what Alan said today:
“This squad requires tinkering more than surgery,” “I don’t think it will be a hectic January. You’ve got to be delicate with this group.”
“The senior players are important. We need to stabilize and make sure we’re a Premier League club next year, that’s our priority.”
“Birmingham is our priority. I know the window is looming and I need to make sure no one bypasses us that come available in January.”
“It’s a window where a lot of mistakes are made, where clubs pay over the odds for players and fees beyond their ability.”
“It’s important that we target players who are important to us in some of the areas where we’re weaker but also they’re the right character and the finance works for us, otherwise we’ll go to the summer.”
Chris Hughton is said to have given the players too much power, but that was utter nonsense – it was the players who created the team spirit out of nothing a year last summer and the players are dedicated to Newcastle, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
And Alan Pardew sees no problem with a dressing room with players who have strong opinions, as long as respect reins supreme on all sides.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with senior players as a whole,”
“There are always going to be one or two you leave our who’re disconcerted if they don’t fit into your plan.”
“I try to be honest and I think I’ve changed as a manager.”
“I’m not as brash as I was at first and that’s made me a more rounded manager to deal with certain players.”
I had a good talk with my son Neil last Sunday about Pardew, and he made the point that Newcastle are not getting the Alan Pardew who went to West Ham, Charlton or Southampton.
Alan should have learned from those stints at management he’s had, and should be a better manager for it – and that’s kind of what Alan is saying above.
The first step into solving a problem is to recognize that it exists, so for Alan to know he was brash is a very good sign, because he’ll recognize that brashness when it comes up.
We hope he is a better manager, and becomes inspired to do great at one of the most famous clubs in England. In a way that seems to have happened with Chris Hughton who shocked us all by becoming an excellent manager on Tyneside, and had the lads fighting 100% in every single game.
Chris will be disappointed about what happened last week, but he is hero on Tyneside, and will always remain so.
He is also a well respected manager now, and he was a well respected coach when he arrived on Tyneside in February of 2008, so he’s done himself a power of good at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew knows how big the Newcastle club is, and if he can bring a trophy to the club, he’ll go down in the history of the club, and that has to give him some tremendous incentive.
We hope he’s successful in the job, because if he is then Newcastle will be successful too, and that’s all we want.
But first things first, and a win tomorrow would be great, and would even bring back that feel-good feeling, that we’ve had quite a few times this season already.
Howay The Lads!!