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?