Alan Pardew is reshaping the way the Newcastle club operates, at least on the playing side of things.
Alan Pardew – making improvements on the playing side
Alan has talked today about some of the things he is doing to improve things at the Newcastle club, like getting under-soil heating installed at the Benton Training grounds, and leaving a history of each game played, and what was done to prepare for it, and things of that nature. Sounds good to us.
It’s information that he thinks will be helpful to whoever the next manager will be at Newcastle United, and he says there wasn’t much there for him when he came in last December.
This is what Alan said to the Daily Mirror:
“You know this job and this club are all around you,” “Wherever you go it’s a constant reminder.” “At West Ham, you can go into London and get lost and not be too bothered about it. Here, there’s no escape, there are questions about the team wherever you go. You’re never really far away from it.”
“To be honest I quite enjoy that saturation, so I’ve got no problem with it. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of this job – some days not so much, but for the most part I have.” “I still go back to my first week when I went into a petrol station at minus-three degrees and I bumped into one of our fans, a bloke of about 43, who had the full kit on and he was asking me questions. That took some beating.”
“You feel it’s a bigger job than I’ve had before in terms of the time I spend working at and around the club. The transfer window, being the club we are, was particularly difficult but it’s settled down a bit now and I’m looking forward to having a bit more preparation time with the team.” “We’ve got a nice run-up now to the Bolton game and then another week to Everton.”
“I’ve read up a little on what’s gone on in the past, looked at stuff in and around the training ground – reports and stuff on games – and I’m trying to install a system now that whoever comes in after me has every bit of evidence.”
“I’ve found that wanting if I’m honest, so we report on every game, the build-up, the training, little things that happen – if a player pulled out late, why did it happen? – so there will be some sort of history here for the next manager, which is important given the size of this club. It’s good to know what went on and what goes on here.”
“We’ve got to start the under-soil heating, for example, at the beginning of April, which is important. For three of my first eight weeks here we couldn’t train. That’s ridiculous. So little things like that we can put in place to make the club stronger going forward.” “We’ve increased the staff. We have two more analysts working with the team now because I didn’t think there were enough analysts. We’ve got them studying the opposition, studying us, collaborating.”
“Obviously on the playing side we have John Carver and Willie Donachie up here now, as well as Peter Beardsley, Steve Stone, myself and Andy Woodman. So there’s a good structure here now to go forward.”
We wonder why Alan even talks about things for the next manager coming in – to make it easier for them?
After all since May of 2007, there’s only been 7 managers at Newcastle – Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Hughton and Pardew.
But seriously, we hope Alan stays a long time on Tyneside, because if he does, it means the team is doing very well, and that’s all we want to see.
And he seems to be a good organizer of things, and is detailed in his preparation for each game, and he seems to be putting some things right at the club, and that’s good to see.
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