As every Newcastle fan knows by now, Mike Ashley will not be splashing out the cash for any big players anytime soon, and so Newcastle have to find another way of building a great side of the future.
Alan Pardew – wants to take Newcastle back to former heights
The way to go is with the Youth System, but of course that doesn’t happen instantly, although Newcastle have some excellent young players coming through the ranks, and one local lad, 21 year-old Andy Carroll, has the makings of becoming another Newcastle great.
That’s if he keeps his head down and works hard, and doesn’t get carried away with his own fame, and to be fair to the lad, that’s just exactly what Andy has been doing of late.
And with that being the way forward for Newcastle over the next few years, unless Ashley gets bought out, not every manager would have been keen to come to manage Newcastle – and it’s those managers who would want to have big money available to spend who just wouldn’t be interested.
As an example Rafael Benitez took over an Inter Milan side who last season won the Italian League and Cup and the European Champions League under the great Jose Mourinho, who was schooled well be our own Bobby Robson of course, and only this week Rafa was asking for big money from the Inter President to sign 5 new players.
There must still be some logic and common sense in football, as he was duly sacked yesterday – but you have to think whether the former Liverpool manager almost asked to be fired – and we’ll see shortly.
If he is quickly picked up by some other club, he may have orchestrated his way out of Inter Milan, although it would be a huge surprise if that club was Liverpool.
So in short – Rafael Benitez would not be an appropriate manager for Newcastle.
But Alan Pardew seems to be, and he bought into Ashley’s long-term vision for the club before he became manager, which is basically to replicate the Arsenal model on Tyneside, and build from within.
And Alan Pardew seems adamant that Newcastle can indeed restore themselves to some of their former glories under managers such as Kevin Keegan and the great Sir Bobby Robson – and that’s Alan’s ultimate goal.
This is what Alan said on this Christmas Eve morning, when asked if he wanted get Newcastle back fighting for a top four position:
“That’s where my focus is. One day, I’d like to be competing with that top group of teams. At the moment, we can’t because we haven’t got a squad with anything like the depth that they have.”
“That will probably be highlighted when we go to Tottenham. If I lose three or four players after Manchester City, the contrast between our bench and Spurs’ will be stark.” “But we have an honest set of players here, and I think that’s probably why we’ve had such a good first half to the season.”
“There’s an honesty and spirit and a fair bit of quality in the team.”
Pardew will have a small amount of money to spend in next month’s transfer market, but it seems he may augment the squad with experienced players who are not necessarily starters.
And of course he is also keen to tie down players like Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on long-term deals at Newcastle, and we are all for that.
It seems Alan wants to ensure he has enough players in the squad in case injuries and lack of form hit the side, so Newcastle can maintain what has been an excellent start to their first season back with the big boys.
This season will have been vastly successful if Newcastle can hold onto a place in the top half of the table.
If we can do that then look for several new players coming into the Newcastle club over the summer months.