Alan Pardew Starting To Rebuild Newcastle Club


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.

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13 comments so far

  • ashington-geordie

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    I was devastated when Pardew was appointed, but to be fair, he’s done a great job so far. Still think 8th is slightly optimistic, I will be happy with 11th/12th, but if we can beat Bolton, Everton, get a point at Stoke and beat Wolves at home, who knows! If we get that £35mill to spend in the summer, we can add 4/5 good quality premiership players and really push on next year. HWTL!

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    I too was underwhelmed when AP was appointed but I have been more than impressed with him so far. He seems to have done everything in the right way. Can’t criticise him for anything at all . He is doing a good job.

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  • clinta2

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Is it 7th you have to reach to get into Europe? It’s been so long since we’ve been there I’ve not bothered noticing for a while and have completely forgotten!

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  • RedMissionBells

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Dear Ed,

    I think all this talk about Pardew rebuilding Newcastle is premature. We will have a much better idea of Pardew’s management philosophy when the season draws to a close.

    And I still don’t rate Pardew. Just overly worried that he signs players like Carlton Cole. Like I said, his best signing of all time has been Dean Ashton and Benayoun.

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  • bib60

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    this summer will define where we go, we really are at the crossroads. Good investment could give us a more than decent squad, or Ashley will cash in, we live in interesting times.

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  • fungus44

    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    at the moment all transfer talk is just that talk,we will be going after every tom dick and harry till the window open,s in the summer so we all need to take every thing we read with a pinch of salt as they say.

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  • toonafan

    Feb 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    A positive start from Pardew. Top ten would be a good result for the season. We’ve played really well recently but as others say it’s all going to be about the signings in the summer. PLEASE NOT CARLTON COLE.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I was gutted to see Hoots go but I have to say I am really impressed with Pardew for now. The real assessment can be made after this summers transfer window. If he buys good then I’ll have to say that Ashley knows a bit about football and did well in appointing the man. Maybe all these extra analysts and match record keeping is what Fat Ash meant when he said the club needed an ‘experienced manager’ at the helm. Alan Pardew seems to know what is needed here and he was wise enough to quickly realize that Routledge wasn’t Premiership class and that all these things like under-soil heating is essential for a club as big as Newcastle.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Let’s wait to see what quality of the players he brings in and the ones he keeps this summer before passing judgement. Words are cheap and (as in the case of Carroll) can mean nothing.

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  • onepeterb

    Feb 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    what about Ian Wright when he was at Crystal Palace

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  • Thump

    Feb 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    The problem with Pardew is that he sparked the whole ‘Cockney Mafia’ thing off. Yes, he’s had past relations with Llambias and Ashley, but we’ve never looked at the other side of the coin. He knows them, he knows what makes them tick and contrary to popular belief, he’s an intelligent man – you kind of need to be to be a manager at any level.

    He has the boards confidence because it’s somebody they’re comfortable with; something that Hughton never had.

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  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #12

    All i can say is you all are easily pleased !
    And Ed. are you saying the draw with Arsenal had everything to do with the half time talk.
    Well we can blow holes in that right now, I mean how could you possibly know what went down there ,you being four thousand miles away at the time and as far as anyone knows it was never made public.
    The only mention was by either Nolan or Joey, stating, we went out there after the first half to try and keep the score respectable.
    The actual tie had more to do with playing against ten men plus getting a couple of questionable calls, in all honesty.
    As for kuqi and Cole, god help us if these are the rebuilding blocks we have to look forward too.
    Tell you the truth, looking at the guys record in the transfer market, scares the hell outta me.
    His win loose record up to now is less than mediocre, but everyone is praising him.
    Guess people see what they want to see !

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Feb 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Just please don,t tell that there is any truth in reports that were signing Carlton Cole for 10 mil.

    He is not the type of player needed, and certainly not for that amount of money!!!

    As for Pardew, for me i,me waiting to see what happens in the summer and also next year!

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