There was good news on Friday with the great Cheick Tiote signing a new six and a half year deal at the club, and John Carver committing to be Alan Pardew’s assistant for the next five and a half years.
Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley – now in for the long haul
Stability at Newcastle is not something the club has been famous for, and since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United in the summer of 2007, Newcastle have had Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Hughton and Pardew as their manager.
That’s six managers in 44 months – which averages out to just over 7 months each each.
So the fact that Alan Pardew is looking to the future and negotiated a deal to manage the famous club though the summer of 2016, may indicate that calmer waters lie ahead for the club – but that’s got to be a big maybe.
But Alan has certainly impressed in his short time on Tyneside, in many different ways, and has already shown he plans to have Newcastle be an attacking side. like in days of old.
Alan showed that again after 65 minutes on Saturday afternoon, when he put on two strikers to try to win the game for Newcastle, even though the lads were then down to 10 men.
But after coming back from 4-0 down against Arsenal in one of Newcastle greatest ever second half performances, anything is possible at St. James’ Park these days – anything.
Depending on which way you want to look at it – the glass is half-full or half-empty at Newcastle at the moment or as the English commentators often say – at this moment in time. (where did that phrase come from? – it’s never used in the US).
On the half-full side there are lots of things which seem to be being done on Newcastle, which augers for a bright future.
Newcastle have built a canny squad with some stellar buys like Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Ben Arfa and Danny Simpson, and have lots of excellent youngsters coming though the ranks like Nike Ranger and Haris Vuckic to name but two.
And Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has even come out and praised club owner Mike Ashley and his Managing Director Derek Llambias, for signing up the two men to long term stays on Tyneside.
This is what Kevin said today:
“I hope and I think that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are in it for the long haul here,”
“We’re all working together to get Newcastle back where it belongs. It’s going to be bit by bit and we can’t get carried away.”
“But it will be nice when they get us back. They can sit and smile knowing they’ve worked so hard.”
We need to see players like Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan himself sign up for long term deals, and we think that will generally happen.
But we have that sneaking suspicion that Jose has already left Tyneside – to at least that’s where his mind is – and we’d now be very surprised if Jose signs a new contract at Newcastle.
We expect him to be on his way in the summer, but it’s just a pity the club couldn’t get him on a new deal, so they could get at least double the money for him in the summer.
That could even be possible if Jose explains to his agent that he’ll be paid twice – one for the Newcastle deal, and then when and if Jose moves on to Liverpool or AC Milan in the summer months. He’ll jump at that! 😀
We always have to remember at the Newcastle club that whoever the player is, and that includes local lad Andy Carroll, that we only want players who want to be at Newcastle, and if they want to move on for more money or whatever – so be it.