One of Alan Pardew’s positives at managing the Newcastle club, is that he is a big believer that if you are good enough then you are old enough.
Shane Ferguson – Pardew has faith in the youngsters
And since Alan arrived last December, not to much positive fanfare we may add, he’s been great with the younger players at Newcastle.
And certainly Shane Ferguson thinks the manager has been fantastic with him, as the 19 year-old Irishman gives a good interview in the Sunday Sun today.
This is what Shane Ferguson said about the Newcastle manager:
“It is a different club from a few years back, that is true,” “The manager has made a big difference. He’s been fantastic for us younger lads.”
“He’s not afraid to give us a chance and it gives us all so much confidence to know there’s an opportunity for us there.” “At Stoke last year he gave me a chance when it would have been easy to go for someone more experienced.”
“He did the same in an important game at Nottingham Forest too.” “It’s a good thing for the football club.” “The manager has a lot of faith in the young lads and it shows,” “He has consistently shown that he has faith in the young players.”
“Even in Premier League games, he’ll give us our chance if he thinks we’re ready.” “The way he talks to us is encouragement, he knows who the young players are and while he isn’t afraid to tell us where we need to improve our game, we know there is a chance for us there if we keep working hard.”
“He did it with me last year, now he’s doing it with Sammy too.” “He did it with Mehdi Abeid on Tuesday night – that shows how much faith he’s got in the young players at the club.”
Newcastle have gone through seven managers in the last seven years – Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton – before Alan arrived last December.
And one surprising thing is that the manager is looking long term at building up the Newcastle club, and he’s got some good ideas too.
He persuaded Mike Ashley last January to lay underground heating at the Benton training grounds, and to make other improvements, like putting up nets so the lads don’t have to go collecting the footballs.
And the manager plans to improve the facilities every summer, and even managed to get a long term contract from Mike Ashley through the summer of 2016, but of course that depends on Alan being successful, but that’s the way he’s thinking, and he seems to have done great so far at the club.
Alan is a positive guy and he talked about the youngsters to the Sunday Sun:
“I’ve never really had an issue with a player’s age. I think I signed Teddy Sheringham at 37 and I think I put Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in at 16, Mark Noble at 16. Jack Collinson at 17,”
“It’s never been an issue for me. I’ve always thought that if a player is mentally ready and able then they can play.”
It’s a great thing for youngsters at Newcastle to have a manager who is thinking about them and will give them a chance.
And while we thought Newcastle were so lucky in the first several games of this season, they have shown they are more than a decent side, and they could do a lot better than we had ever dreamed of this season.
That’s what we are hoping for, but we’ll also keep our feet firmly on the floor, just like Pardew and his players are doing.
Howay The Lads!!