Alan Pardew is almost the perfect players’ manager.
John Carver – staff have done well to integrate players
The Newcastle manager supports his players, has regular communication with them privately, so they all know not only what’s going on at Newcastle, but they also know what the manager expects of them.
The French players are also integrating well with the rest of the group, and in general the camaraderie and spirit at Newcastle is there for all to see.
And of course the lads will need all of that for their next game, when they will take on an impressive Spurs side at home on October 16th.
All of this has integration of the squad has not happened by chance of course, and John Carver has today explained some of the things the coaches did in pre-season to ensure the squad is fully integrated:
“We spent a lot of time trying to make sure everyone was integrated. It was little things like trying to make sure, when you’re picking four teams you mix the French guys up,”
“It helps that we’re winning, of course it does,” “When you lose, that is the first time your team spirit is really tested but there is a good atmosphere in the group.”
“We do a thing called prehab on Tuesday and Thursday and the first time we did it they got into groups of four and the French lads went together.”
“So we ended up telling them what the groups were going to be. Now you’ve got the games on the bus as well. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s everyone, young Sammy Ameobi with Lovenkrands, you’ve got Obertan.”
“It’s another part of it. I know we’re critical of young people in general with their computer games but it can be very beneficial. It helps team bonding and interacting.”
“We got delayed on Saturday because of the plane and we sat in the lounge and the staff are having a chat.” “We can hear a noise and they’re all playing Mario Kart!”
“It’s great because there’s a bit of spirit and togetherness. There’s Peter, who came on as sub, and he’s running the show. It’s all part of why we’ve had a decent start.”
“Maybe the fact we haven’t got superstars is one of the reasons for the good start,” “When we did have superstars, maybe some of the younger players were reluctant to step forward. Maybe now we haven’t got that, they might blossom because of it.”
Maybe we don’t have super-stars at Newcastle at the moment, but with the new Youth policy at the club, the aim will be to make our own super-star at the club.
And certainly when you look at some of our top youngsters, there are a number of them who could quite easily become top top players of the future. Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are four of them.
Newcastle in the past have had their difficulties with some players arriving at the club with the wrong attitude, and we don’t know what Pardew, Chief Scout Graham Carr and others do to check out the characters of the Newcastle targets, but whatever it is, it’s working well.
Some of the new lads at the club are great characters – Yohan Cabaye is one of them, and he is learning English quickly, so we should see him being interviewed once he has a decent grasp of the language, and Demba Ba is one the most humble players we’ve ever seen.
And 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid, in his most recent interview on nufvTV, after he played so well at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, is one of the most pleasant young lads you could ever meet.
And Alan Pardew and his coaching staff seem to get on great together too, and credit to manager Pardew for bringing in almost the perfect Assistant Manager in Newcastle born and bred, John Carver.
So things are definitely going well at Newcastle right now, and now the lads just have to keep it up, and they will do very well if they can take all 3 points against Tottenham Horspur, a week on Sunday at St. James’ Park, although that will not be easy.
It will be a tough game, but it should also be a terrific game to watch, and it’s being televised live around the world – so it’s a good opportunity for the lads to show what they are made of.