The fact that John Carver is back at Newcastle United, gives us a link back to when Newcastle United were a top four side in England.
Alan Pardew – seems very sensible guy
And surprisingly enough, that was only just over six years ago, when Bobby Robson in his final thee seasons in charge had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in the Premier League – not too bad at all.
We are hoping that John Carver and Alan Pardew can form a really good working partnership together, and that John can help the club get back to at least a top eight side fairly soon.
The more we hear Alan Pardew talk about Newcastle, and the job he sees ahead of him, the more we think he got some agreements from owner Mike Ashley before his took the job on Tyneside.
And we think those agreements were for the club to sign up key players that Alan had identified.
We don’t know who those players are, as far as Alan is concerned, but we think there are six players the club can form their team around over the next few seasons.
Those players are:
Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll.
Fans will have their own opinions on what that group should be, and some will be surprised we don’t have Fab Coloccini in there.
Fab is one of our favorite players, but we still think he has to prove he is a top class PL player, but of course the way he’s played since Alan has been at the club, has been outstanding, and on Sunday he may have played his best game ever in a black and white shirt.
We haven’t included the great Ben Arfa in that six either, because we’ve picked only those players who have shown over the last two years, that they are key players at the Newcastle club.
Some will be surprised we have included Steven Taylor, but we’ve done that because along with big Andy Carroll he’s a local lad, and it’s important to have a couple of local lads in the Newcastle side.
Steven also has more PL experience than any other defender at the club currently, and he’s also performed very well since he’s returned from an injury riddled year in 2010.
We think Alan has identified these players – and possibly a few more, and asked the club to sing them up long term.
He’s already been successful in getting Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa on long term deals, and he says the club is working right now to ensure Joey Barton and Jose Enrique are going nowhere.
And of course the club recently signed Andy Carroll up to a long term deal at the club, and as Alan has said to anybody who will listen to him – Andy is going nowhere.
So if Alan can get Joey and Jose signed up soon, he’s already done a great job to ensure success could lie ahead for Newcastle in the foreseeable future.
And the next step will be to tie down a certain Cheick Tiote to a longer and improved contract at Newcastle. Cheick is already a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he works his socks off every single game and adds some bite (ouch) in Newcastle’s midfield.
He’s almost a perfect player for Newcastle United that the club have signed.
We’re not sure what length of contract Cheick signed at Newcastle back in late August, but in any case his play this season has already earned him an improved deal.
We would hope the club would do just that, and sign him up through the summer of 2016 on an improved contract.
And we haven’t even mentioned some of our exciting youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Tim Krul, Shane Ferguson, Phil Airey, James Tavernier, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger and many many more.
We hope Alan Pardew can get these things done before the end of the season, and we also have other very good players at the club, apart from those six in Ben Arfa, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling and Jonas Gutierrez.
With those players the future of Newcastle could indeed be bright.
We hope so in any case.
Let’s have you views on this – and yes we know there will be a different six core players from fans.
Comments very welcome.