John Carver has been talking to the press today, and the inevitable question has come up – how does Alan Pardew compare to the great Bobby Robson?
Bobby Robson – shown with his statue at St. James’ Park
It’s not since the mercurial days when Bobby Robson was the manager of Newcastle, that the Magpies have been so high up in the league table, and all credit to Pardew for turning things around at Newcastle so very quickly.
John Carver was asked if Alan Pardew was similar to Bobby Robson as a manager:
“No, not really,” “They are very different personalities, but what they do have in common is outstanding coaching ability.”
“Everyone knows what I thought of Bob, but Alan’s attention to detail is second to none.” “I’ve been in this game a long time and never come across anyone so thorough and meticulous. “
“Every Monday he comes into work having compiled a defensive report on the opposition.” That’s his project, working with our video analysts to provide players with the best information.”
“This week, for example, he will talk about Manchester City’s angles of attack, their set-pieces, their movement, as well as focussing on individuals.”
“The lads will be made aware of Dzeko’s strengths and weaknesses, the best way to nullify Silva, Milner’s incredible work-rate, everything.”
“That takes care of Monday to Thursday. On Friday it’s my turn when we look at ways to get at opponents. Put simply, Alan concentrates on how not to lose and I then find ways to win.”
That’s a good insight for us by John, as to how the coaching is done at Newcastle for each and every game.
Alan Pardew will do an excellent job as Newcastle manager if he can come anywhere near emulating one of the best English football managers ever born.
Bobby’s record at Newcastle over the five years he was manager was 255 games played, 119 won, 64 drawn and 72 lost- for a win percentage of 46.67 and a loss percentage of 28.2.
Alan’s current record at Newcastle is 37 games played, 15 won, 13 drawn and 9 lost – for a win percentage of 40.54 and a loss percentage of 24.3.
So Alan’s record is already quite good, given he’s only been on board for 11 months, and that the team is now a lot better than the one he took over when he first arrived.
It should be a great game to watch tomorrow, but the first 20 minutes or so will be so important for Newcastle not to concede,
And we expect to see the lads get off to a fast start, as they did so well at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City, in their last away win.
There can be no slow start for the lads tomorrow, as we are up against one of the best sides money can buy, in Manchester City.
Howay The Lads!!
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