Alan Pardew’s Simple Strategy For Newcastle Success


The new Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has a fairly simple strategy forward for the club, and it starts with keeping all the good players that are currently at the club.

Alan Pardew – simple, sensible strategy

Newcastle have recently given long term contracts to Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Hatem Ben Arfa, Nile Ranger and Haris Vuckic, so there has been an attempt to sign up both the best of the senior players, and the best of the youngsters.

And right now the powers that be at the club have turned their attention to signing both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique to long term deals, and will probably also offer Cheick Tiote an improved and extended deal.

It’s  testament to Newcastle’s progress over the last 18 months, that some of their top stars are now drawing attention from the top clubs, but Pardew is adamant his best players are going nowhere.

This is what Pardew told the Daily Express today:

“I have a platform that I believe could achieve success and I hope that is proven over the next couple of years,”

“I want to see us progress as a club and as a team,  and not only stabilize ourselves as a Premier League club, but also start threatening the top ten.”

“If we can keep our best young players it is possible. Unless we keep the likes of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan we are never going to get there.”

“If you keep shipping them out, how are you ever going to be one of the top clubs?”   “My view since I’ve been here is to secure the good ones we have already got.”

“You can’t do it 100 per cent of the time because somewhere along the line one of the players will want to go. That happens.”

“But from what I’ve seen on the training ground so far I have not had that from any individual player, so it’s so far so good.”

“Now we’ve got to add to the squad as best we can and make the group stronger.”

That seems like a sensible approach, and if Alan can add a couple of quality players to the squad in January – say Stephen Ireland and young Max Gradel of Leeds United as two good examples – the Tyneside  club can slowly but surely keep improving the squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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27 comments so far

  • MGriff

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    He keeps going on about this. Keeping players I agree with, but it worries me he has to keep saying it, almost to get a message to the board.

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  • Golden

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    If he manages to get Barton,Enrique & Tiote on longer deals then thats good stuff.
    It would be amazing if he could also get in Taarabt, i think he an awesome player.
    Vid from this season of him..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62-fyC1Xmhw

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  • alex84

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    wow that vid of Taarabt is awesome!!

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  • leedodd

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    He needs in the next 10 days at least 2 new Players and quality – We hear the good stuff but having it is another at the moment. at Least We have HBA Sorted Now. He could be the Player to get us into the top 6 this season. Maybe a New Midfielder and a Striker on Loan ??

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  • Toonkistan

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    dont need ireland as we have a good enough and irreplaceable CM…we need wingers..where is our signing…kranjcar plsss

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  • BudroBeardo

    Jan 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    @Golden
    I also thought there was something in the Taarabt story, as there hasn’t yet been any official statement on Routledge loan. But, I read that Neil Warnock has come out stating that any swap deal to Taarabt is a no go.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Gradel —- YES
    Ireland —- NO
    Taarabt — YES
    Snodgrass – YES

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Krancjar – NO – too expensive

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  • Golden

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah i think i might of seen something along those lines but if Warnock just said ‘swap’ deal he may just being clever to keep media at bay, but a money + routledge is not technically a swap.
    Lol i guess it prob wont happen but you can always hope!

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  • murvar

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I can only hope that AP has seen the video of our game against Villa. Ireland was hopeless – utterly hopeless. He has a history of lying and swerving his responsibilities. I can’t imagine Joey Barton is writing him a positive reference.

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  • nobby sol

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Snodgrass-sh1te cant even get in the scotish squad
    Gradel can run but thats just about it
    taarabt really couldnt see him fitting in our team
    Ireland flopped at villa, but has talent

    Has to be Kranjcar for me

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  • balubas1

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Insanely important to get jose and joey on long term deals thay are happy with. Tiote aswell of course. We have a good 1st team when everyone is fit. Keep the ones we have and slowly build on the squad with quality. Pardew’s approach is very good and I hope he will be backed by the boss

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    NUFC_Richyg01 Post 7

    How may times have you watched Gradel and Snodgrass? What impresses you about them and how do you think they would improve us?

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    MGriff Post 1

    He does not keep going on about it, it is the same interview keep being dragged up over and over again in newspapers and blogs!

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Nobby Sol Post 11

    Well said!

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  • Stuart

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    I know you shouldnt trust a youtube video, but that one of Taarabt looks class, he looks like a really direct player that likes to run at players.

    Looks abit like Jonas but with end product.

    Would be a class signing if we get him, but like people say, why would the worlds second richest club sell their prized asset?

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  • cyprus

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Routledge would be a good signing. Fast, can dribble, shoot, committed, would at last be the right-sided winger we need and don’t have (ps Barton is not a winger) 🙂

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  • Golden

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    @nobby sol

    If Guthrie and Smith manage to fit into our team sometimes what makes you say Taraabt wont?

    Just asking but i think he has alot of skill, can beat players easily and has a great eye for goal.
    I like Jonas as he can beat a man but he has no end product most of the time, put Tarrabt in a similar position or in a free roll and i think he will fit in perfect.

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  • ardenTOON

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    tiote, barton, enrique tied up to long term deals = Newcastle becomes top 6 material.

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  • daneevz

    Jan 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Tarrabt is the 1 we wont he looks like prem quality and he’d be a good signing not sure on his crossing ability tho?

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  • joe

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we have too many mid table players eg. smith, guthrie, simpson, williamson, best, ameobi, loven. You get my drift. In my opinion, our current best players who can make us a top 6 side are carroll, benarfa, barton, tiote, nolan, taylor, enrique, jonas, and colo. We should be looking to buy players who are better than them in positions which we are weak in, and that’s why I think RB and RW is the prority. Truthfully that’s the only way to move forward, so think players like rafinha, adam johnson, or even SWP for that matter, providing the price is right. For me, our best players currently occupy the central positions, CB, CM, so really there is no need for players like tarrabt, who will just increase competition in the middle of the park when we are woefully short out wide on the right.

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  • nobby sol

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Golden
    I meant I dont think his team ethos is the same as our group. we have a great atmosphere in our squad and although taraabt is a talented player hes not a team player. having said that at the right price hes worth a gamble.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Sign Taarabt Now !!!!!!! The guy is amazing. He is very similar to Ben Arfa and plays in the Championship as a stepping stone to a big club ie. NEWCASTLE !!!! I really hope we go for him if you have any doubts check his videos in you tube. Yeah I know you tube but hey the videos don’t lie about his technical skill and shooting ability, it doesn’t matter what league he’s in as those skills apply anywhere. Pardew pleaseee snap him up before one of the big 4 do!

    I like the idea of securing our best players but is now the right time to do so??? We can do that after the transfer window and concentrate on improving the squad with the signings of NEW players!! As Pardew said none want to leave so what’s the rush to make em sign long term right now?? By the way contracts mean nothing these days, we could have Jose Enrique tied up for 5 years and if Barcelona come calling you can bet he’ll be going.

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  • Golden

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye nobby that could be the case, im not sure will get him anyway, obv i would like to tho.

    @joe i dont think you can just dismiss ‘players like Taarabt’ like you seem to, he is a really really good player and is best player in the Championship by a mile, although i like Jonas i would swap him for Jonas any day.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah but if hes signed up for 5 years JP his transfer fee would be alot higher than it would be with a year and half left on his contract.

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  • Golden

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #26

    @JP i think when a player is tied to a longer deal puts off buyers due to the fact they would have to shell out alot more than if they think a club is getting desperate due to the player having only a short while left to run on their current deals.

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  • joe

    Jan 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Aye Golden you’re right. However I just feel that a central player is not our priority, but if the opportunity comes along to snap him up for a decent price then by all means!

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