When Chris Hughton was manager, a criticism often leveled at him was that he took too much notice of the senior players at the club.
Kevin Nolan – provides tactical input to Alan Pardew
It was even said that on one occasion Chris changed the team after senior players had persuaded him to do just that, but that one’s hard to believe.
But it seems that Alan Pardew listens to tactical changes suggested by Kevin Nolan, the captain, although those changes didn’t work too well yesterday, although the lads were decent enough in the first half.
But it was that lack of concentration from Steve Harper early in the second half, that cost Newcastle dearly yesterday, as he stopped the back pass when he should have just put a foot through the ball.
It seems that Kevin Nolan has input about tactical stuff from the field of play, which augments what Alan Pardew sees from the touchline, and this is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:
“I think of captains I have come across and he’s right up there in terms of leading by example and saying the right things and trying to see the manager’s opinion of the games,”
“He has a couple of opinions that he shares with me about the game coming up and I take them on board as well.” “When you look at something, depending on where you’re standing it can look different.”
“If you’re standing on the pitch it can look slightly different and if you’re the manager you’ve got to understand that.” “If you get good information back you’ve got to use it – and I do get good information from Kev.”
“If you go into any Premier League ground you’ll find strong personalities – you don’t get to be a Premier League player unless you have a lot of personal qualities in terms of character and opinions. Look at Eric Cantona.”
“You have to make sure you draw the line right between taking on board opinions and making your own decisions. You listen to the feedback but ultimately, whether I agree with Kevin, Joey or young Ferguson you have make your own decision.”
“But you must listen – it’s foremost in all manager’s jobs in my opinion.” “Of course Kevin will be captain next season. It had never crossed my mind to change it,”
Alan makes a good point of making absolutely sure he makes the final decisions, and just uses Kevin’s stuff as input, but what’s wrong with getting as much good input as possible about the game – the answer is nothing.
Kevin also attends a Monday meeting with the coaching staff, when they all discuss what happened the previous weekend, and that meeting will be interesting tomorrow, for sure.
Newcastle’s display yesterday rightly has a lot of Newcastle fans worried, which you can see from some of the comments, and Newcastle hardly did themselves any favors in the January transfer market, but I’ll write a bit about that later today.
Two defeats in a row and only 1 point from the last 3 games is simply not good enough, and it means there will be doom and gloom on Tyneside – for at least two weeks now – because that’s the way it is.
But it’s nothing that a win against Wolves wont put right – but we’ve got to beat Wolves who are now showing some good form recently and have 8 points from their last 4 games.
And of course Wolves now even have a little bit of skill and goal scoring ability in their side, with Jamie O’Hara of Spurs on loan – why couldn’t Newcastle get this player on loan?
Against Wolves it will be time for Newcastle players to stand up and be counted.