Alan Pardew will have all his players together today at the Benton training grounds for the first time this week.
Alan Pardew – can now make his mark on the team
Pardew had had a staggered approach to the training this summer, with different groups of players reporting over the first three days of training, but today all the lads will be together for the first time.
So they will be getting to know each other, and hopefully starting to build that team spirit for next season, which will be very important.
Last season was all about Newcastle consolidating their position in the Premier League and they did that, even though Newcastle changed their manager half way through the season, just to make it that bit more difficult.
But to Alan Pardew’s credit, when he took over from Chris Hughton, he didn’t try to change things too much, and he immediately gained the confidence of the players, and the supporters too, to some extent.
And as we all know, with any luck at all, the lads could have finished in 9th place, if they hadn’t conceded three goals at home in the last 30 minutes of the season.
Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“For me, it makes a massive difference for a manager to be in charge at the start of the season. It is unlike coming in mid-season like I did last year.”
“I can tweak the way we play from here on in, add discipline to our shape and see how the players respond to that.”
“It is very much going to be about how we play this season.” “We believe we can have a successful season and move forward.”
“Last season was very much about stability and making sure we stayed in the division.”
“This year will be about getting a reputation and moving forward in the right direction as a football club.”
“This is the first day we will all train together. I am very excited about it and it is nice for all of the guys to be together again with all of the staff.”
“It is the day we have been waiting for and we get a chance to get the footballs out for the first time.”
“It is always a day when you can begin to put your dreams into practice and start working ahead to a season you hope will be successful.”
Newcastle will leave for their American tour in about 11 days time, so there’s not an awful lot of time to get fit.
However. we are upbeat about the coming seaosn, because we think Pardew will have Newcastle playing some good attractive football this coming season, and he’s brought in some talented players to do just that.
And the Newcastle Journal are reporting today that Newcastle don’t expect to sign any new players until the start of the season, but that cannot be true – surely?
We hope not, and we still need around three new players brought in this summer, and more if Enrique and Barton are moved out.
What do you think?