We have to say we are starting to take a shine to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew - doing a lot of the right things
When he arrived on Tyneside, it was well known that Alan didn’t lack self confidence, and only yesterday he said the Newcastle job was more than just an an ordinary job, and that it was hard to disappear on the streets of Newcastle, as it was for him to disappear on the streets of London.
But he says he likes that – it’s good for the ego – so it seems he is well suited to being at Newcastle (the Goldfish bowl), and we’ve been rather impressed with how he’s gone about rebuilding the club.
Newcastle will install under-soil heating at their Benton Training grounds this Spring we are told, and Alan has also put new procedures in place as to how the staff will plan for each game, and they will leave a history of that for the next manager.
The under-soil heating will ensure the lads can train almost every day outside in the tough winter months, and no longer will frozen pitches stop them from preparing adequately for games, which it did in December.
Pardew has also hired two additional analysts to check out the opposition, and their dossiers will be used to put together the game plans for each of the matches Newcastle play.
As far as his coaching staff, he’s hired popular local man John Carver as Assistant manager, and at least brought back the great memories we all have of the legendary Bobby Robson.
And he’s also hired new goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, and sent a number of our up-and-coming youngsters out on loan to get first team experience, and in all likelihood will do more of that next season.
And as for his coaching skills, they seem to be so much better than we had realized, and certainly in the last two away games, Newcastle have completely bossed the opposition and taken 4 points, although the lads deserved two wins.
And his half time talk when Newcastle were 4-0 down at home to Arsenal, has already gone into the Newcastle archives, and the second half comeback was as close to a miracle as you’ll ever see in a football game.
Chris Hughton ran the club on a shoe-string, but he was still successful in getting the club promoted with only Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron helping him out on the coaching side.
It seems from what we can tell the club needed to be rebuilt, and it seems that Alan is doing exactly that, and he certainly has a good vision of the club, where top youngsters coming through the ranks, and good buys of young players in the transfer market will be the key.
We’ve liked what we’ve seen so far from Alan, and maybe we can finish in more than a decent position in the Premier League this season, if we do well in our final 11 league games – there’s even a chance we could get a place in Europe, although that’s very slim and we’ll still be happy enough to avoid relegation, which now seems very probable.
If we finish in the top 8 in the league by the end of May, it will have been another enormously successful season, at least on the playing side of things.
Then the proof of the pudding will be who Newcastle bring in during the summer, and that will largely decide how much better we can do next season.
It’s so far so good as far as Alan Pardew goes as the new Newcastle manager, and that has been a big surprise to us – but a very welcome one.