If there’s one thing that Alan Pardew will know like the back of his hand, it’s the Newcastle business model that Mike Ashley will have drummed into him before he signed on as Newcastle manager a couple of weeks ago.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle agenda is good
There may be some differences, but it’s seems very like the Arsenal model that has worked so well over the last 14 years under manager Arsene Wenger, at the North London club.
Bring young players through at the club, and look for bargains in the transfer market, and sing good players while they are young, and of course if we can keep making buys like we did in the summer for Cheick Tiote, for around £3.5M, we’ll not go too far wrong.
Alan talked about the Newcastle business model – or the agenda as he called it:
“As a football manager, you have to remember what you are – just a football manager.”
“The agenda is set by the board and that is the same for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid or Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.”
“There are different agendas and you have to make sure you manage that agenda to the best of you ability – that is what I intend to do.”
“I can think of a lot worse models which have not worked in the past and this model makes sense.”
“If you listen to Arsene Wenger this week, the model he has at Arsenal is not too dissimilar.”
“Ours is a business plan which will remain private because we won’t be telling everyone what we want to do.”
It’s hard to make money off a Premier League club these days, other than the price of the club rising through being successful, and we would think Mike Ashley would be happy if the club can at least break even each season.
If Mike wants to make money off Newcastle, his best bet is to make Newcastle into a top six side again, and then the club should be worth more than he paid for them, and then he could sell up and make a profit.
But with top clubs like Man City and Tottenham coming through fast, getting into that top six will not be as easy as it once was.