It seems that Alan Pardew has taken full control of player recruitment at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – happy Newcastle United manager
That’s the way is should be of course, but Alan thinks he has been on the phone too much, and like any good manager he is now trying to get a better system in place at the club, as to takes the first calls on a player.
And he seems to have been getting all the calls, mostly from agents trying to find a club for their clients, which is both good news and bad news.
Good news because Alan is right in the middle of the transfer business, as he should be, and bad news because it’s taking all his time, and others could and should be taking some of those initial calls.
This is what Alan said today:
“One of the problems I’ve had is I’ve not been here long, so there is no strategy in place for taking phone calls.”
“Most are coming through to me, when they could be going to the chief scout or the chief executive.”
“We are all aware now that deals are done above managers and we come in at the last minute.”
“Thankfully that doesn’t happen here, but at other clubs it does.”
So we have to think that transfer deals at Newcastle are being handled completely by the manager, and it seems that Alan is even more involved than he wants to be.
So that may even be a sign that Mike Ashley and company have learned from their big clanger with Kevin Keegan, when Director of Football Dennis Wise was in charge of the transfers.
But the problem at the time was that Ashley and company were saying it was Kevin who was in charge, when they knew full well that just wasn’t true, and that put Kevin in a very unenviable position.
We hope Ashley is learning as he goes along at Newcastle, because he’s still got an awful lot to learn, and we hope he knows that too.
Howay The Lads!!