Sir John Hall ran the Newcastle during that great time when Newcastle were flying high in the 1990’s under manager Kevin Keegan.
Alan Pardew – done great at Newcastle
And Sir John, in an interview today with GOAL has said he thinks that manager Alan Pardew is doing a great job at the Tyneside club, although he’s been surprised at just how well Alan has done, just like the rest of s.
This is what John said:
“I am very surprised by how well Alan Pardew is doing but I am also very pleased,” “He left Southampton in difficult circumstances.”
“And there were a lot of dissenting voices because Chris Hughton was sacked to make way for him. Again you have to take your hat off to Pardew as well as to Ashley because of the influence that he has clearly had on the team.”
“He is doing a great job. They attack with plenty of pace and guile and they are defensively sound which has not always been the case with Newcastle sides down the years.”
“There have been some very good buys so Graham Carr who is doing the scouting for the club has done some great work. Cheik Tiote has been a tremendous buy and it is looking as though Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba will prove to be the same.”
“Plus they are playing as a team which is great because the importance of playing for each other can not be over-stated.”
Certainly since John Hall, shown above, stopped running Newcastle, things have changed big time and he’s right that it all started to change when Russian Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea.
Within a couple of months he had bought a whole new team, and the Manchester City owners have done much the same thing over the last few years.
Mike Ashley could have come up with a workable strategy that doesn’t need hundreds of millions of pounds to be invested to end up with a very good team.
The Chelsea and Manchester City models are non-sustainable models and to us it’s almost like cheating that these Billionaires are allowed to come in spend so much money to build a side – where’ the fun in that?