Alan Pardew – Newcastle On A Fast Track

Newcastle have made terrific progress this season so far, and that’s even more surprising when you think the Tyneside club has lost Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton this year.

John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training

But it says that Alan Pardew seems to be doing all the right things at the moment at Newcastle, and the manager has even ventured to say that Newcastle are on a fast track, but of course the question to that is – how long can it last?

It seems that all the players trained together for the first time yesterday, following the International break,  and so Alan and his coaching staff  will have two days to fine tune their preparations for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur, who Harry Redknapp has turned into a very good side.

This is what Alan said today:

“It’s the first training day that everyone has been back for, but while they have been away, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux have been very good, as if to say ‘I’ll show you’.

“It’s good. At the moment we’re on a fast-track. Whether we stay on that, we’ll wait and see.”  “We’re performing very well so at the moment I’m very pleased, and looking forward to what will be a special game on Sunday.”

“I think it will be a watershed for us because we’re in good form and we’re playing one of the top teams in form themselves. We’ve probably got as good an offensive team coming to visit as anyone in the Premier League. But our bench looks a lot stronger than it did last year, and that’s going to help.”

“You worry about injuries but also about the mood of players,” “Sometimes they go away with their international teams and then come back having had an amazing experience, or it has gone very, very well and they come back with a little swagger or whatever.:

“All of our players have come back as if they were looking forward to coming back.”

Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon are potential starters at Newcastle, and they are now looking to force their way into the side, and of course the only way to do that is to be impressive in training, and then do well when you get a chance in the first team.

The problem Alan has at the moment is that everybody who has a starting position at Newcastle seems to be turning in good performances for the side every weeek.

But before too much longer it’s possible we could see Davide Santon in at left back, Ben Arfa as a second striker and Sylvain Marveaux on one of the wings.

The fact is that Newcastle seem to be in very good shape these days, because when was the last time so many good players were not getting a start at the club?

The answer to that is it’s a very long time ago, that’s for sure.

A win tomorrow and things will really be buzzing.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Derby want Perch on loan.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Stuart, are they not getting enough own goals then?

  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    I saw that, it’s in the Mirror. I doubt it would happen if true, he’s the only CB backup we have atm.

    Also, Peter Beardsley as the new role of Football Development Manager. Great going that. His name alone will attract youth in the plenty and he’s done so well with the reserves.


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t want Perch to go out, we are short for the 4.. Pardew will sort that


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Peter Beardsley as the new role of Football Development Manager

    Really? Fantastic, I’m loving life at newcastle….

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely thats the same job he was doing but with a new title? haha.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    NUFC as an organization is becoming so well steered behind the scenes now i cannot believe it. Things are there now to put us in a controlled position of several aspects, and a good youngster coming through like Carroll or Saylor is not just “chance” anymore. It’s because we’re deliberately trying to make these top prospects happen.
    I couldn’t be more happy about this.
    Well played MA/DL/AP. The way that Peter talks in the interview tells me that AP had his fingers in this too.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh it’s quite different mate, now he’s the top man when it comes to scouting and bringing in youngsters and Willie is the new reserve team manager. Both handed 5 year contracts.
    This gives us even more MUCH needed stability. Loving this. Credit to the men at the top.

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Fair one, cheers Dannyo!


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Can,t wait for tomorrows game! Win or lose we are still having an above avrage season!!


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye Stuart, just a little step up 😉 haha its a lot bigger than what he was doing as danny said 😉

  • GS

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    The Beardley move looks like demotion to me. He has gone from Reserve Manager to local scout with unspecified duties to look overseas, and really to only have an ambassador role.

    Remember when Pardew first came he didn’t want Beardsley as part of the first team staff.

    Maybe I am being cynical, but that is my opinion.

  • Eyeball81

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I would never normally say this…but today Im hoping for a Man Utd win….only coz liverfool are 2 points behind us and Spuds are 3….if we do them tomorrow and Man Utd do Liverfool today we would have a bit of breathing space aswell as a bit of a gap between the chasing pack of teams!!!

    First match this season im missing coz Im at graft…gutted…but HWTL!!!!


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