With the sobering news today that another player is out for the season, this time it’s in-form striker Leon Best, so Newcastle will need to give some of their youngsters a chance in the final 7 games of the season.
Alan Pardew – he’s so positive – it’s infectious
Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi will likely be the starters up front, as long as they both remain fit of course (fingers crossed), but 19 year-old Nile Ranger should get more playing time, and hopefully a few starts before the end of the season.
And it seems that 19 year-old Amble-born Phil Airey, who has looked so impressive for the Reserves this season, and scored Newcastle’s equalizing goal in the 1-1 draw at Wigan yesterday, will also get his chance.
Phil Airey will be staying part of the first team pool through the end of the season and into pre-season, as he told the local Newcastle press today:
“The manager has told me I will be staying here and working with the first team for the rest of the season and the pre-season in the summer.”
“I will keep working away and see what happens, but obviously it is my dream to play in the Premier League for Newcastle United.”
And Reserve team coach Peter Beardsley has said in talks he has had with manager Alan Pardew, that it seems the Newcastle manager is keen to give some of the younger players a chance this season.
And that’s not too surprising, after Shane Ferguson’s startlingly good play on the first team scene, in the last couple of games, in which he’s looked a top player.
Peter Beardsley has said how positive Alan Pardew is at the Tyneside club, and especially when he talks about the burgeoning Newcastle youngsters, who are starting to come through on Tyneside.
This is what the former Newcastle and Liverpool great said today:
“We’re hoping one or two of ours might get a chance to get involved in the first-team squad, even if it’s just training. That makes a massive difference.”
“It’s been a real plus – there have been times when he’s called some of our kids across to join in.” “Young Patrick Nzuzi has trained with the first team, through circumstances, probably half a dozen times in the last couple of months.”
“It’s a brilliant set-up now. This manager’s so positive towards everything at the club, whether it be the Academy, the reserves or obviously the first team. It rubs off – it’s infectious.”
“He’s really top class with the kids, I have to say.”
Those are good comments about Alan Pardew, and it seems he has one of the most important characteristics it takes to be a good manager – he’s very good with people, a very good man manager, and that seems half the battle.
It’s something the great Bobby Robson had in spades, and he could inspire his players to play at their very best for the Magpies, and he did.
Maybe somebody should whisper that to manager Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa, our opponents on Sunday, since Gerard seems to have upset most of the experienced players at Villa Park.
And the game this weekend is on Sunday at 4:00 pm, and not Saturday as I had said earlier – thanks for readers correcting me on that slip.
The game at Aston Villa will also be televised live around the world.