You’ve got to give Alan Pardew some respect for some of the things he’s done in a short five months at the reigns of Newcastle United.
Nile Ranger– in action against Chelsea
Alan’s managed to get owner Mike Ashley to upgrade the training grounds at Benton with underground heating, but Newcastle are also upgrading their overall coaching and medical capabilities at Benton.
That’s probably from the experience of working with Ben Arfa on Tyneside, and the 24 year-old kept returning to France for treatment and convalescence, from his terrible double leg break.
We often wondered why he didn’t remain on Tyneside longer, and that could be because Newcastle didn’t have the same class of facilities as Clairefontaine, and upgrading the facilities is good for the long term.
Of course we also have to realize that Clairfontaine, just south of Paris, has some of the best facilities in the world.
Ranger had an excellent sub appearance against Birmingham last Saturday, and his confidence seems to have returned after his first PL start at Aston Villa, where he disappeared in the second half, but hopefully he learned a lot from that experience.
Nile Ranger talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“The manager has been great to me – he really wants me to get this goal.” “He’s put his trust in me and there is no better feeling to be backed by your manager in football.”
“I just need to show him what I can do. I really appreciate his trust in me.”“The manager has never stopped encouraging me.” “He’s always been there to say ‘well done’ and ‘keep going’, and he says I have been doing a million times better in training. He thinks I will get the goals eventually.”
“You can’t forget how big this club really is. It’s up there with the biggest in the world, so I have to be thankful to be here.” “To know you are getting games for Newcastle is always good for a young player.”
“Sometimes I still have to pinch myself and say ‘whoa I’m at Newcastle United on a five-year deal’.” “They must rate me. But I must repay them – it’s a long-term plan.” “They’ve made me part of their future, but I have to prove myself still.”
It’s not an easy job for a top youngster coming through at Newcastle, because the players are instantly recognizable in Newcastle.
And it’s back to that Goldfish Bowl effect that Jermaine Jenas talked about when he left Newcastle for Tottenham in August of 2005.
Newcastle as a City simply lives and breathes its football, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pointed out last August.
The 20 year-old Londoner continued:
“Quite a few people come up to me in the city.” “You have to expect that in Newcastle because of the great fans, and I don’t mind talking to them.”
“They come and pay their money to support us and most of them have season tickets.” “I’m from London and I know you don’t have such special fans at every club.”
“That’s why I will always sign an autograph or get a photo on their phones.” “They always encourage me, they are the 12th man for us.”
Those are good words from Nile, and since Alan Pardew has come in as manager of Newcastle, he seems to have had a positive impact on the youngster.
Alan started out by saying Ranger wasn’t doing the right things in training, and that he needed to fix that – quickly.
Ranger seems to have followed the advice of his London manager, and it will be a big feather in Alan Pardew’s cap, if he can being though Nile Ranger to be on the same level as local lad Andy Carroll.
We expect that’s what the Newcastle goal is – excuse the pun.