It seems that Newcastle’s Alan Pardew is a student of the management and motivational game in sports.
Alan Pardew with coaches Steve Stone and John Carver
And today in the Sunday Sun Steve Stone has talked how it’s been a steep learning curve under Alan Pardew since he arrived at Newcastle last December, and the fact that Alan has read up on Phil Jackson’s amazing exploits as a successful NBA manager:
“It has been a steep learning curve, but I try to take something from every single day. If every day I can come away saying I’ve learned something new about this field of employment, I’m happy,”
“A couple of months after he got here, the gaffer gave me a book by the NBA coach Phil Jackson. He gave me his autobiography ‘More than a Game’.” “It’s all about being a player and stepping up to being a coach and then on to being a successful manager.”
“It’s about his methods, how he does things.” “It’s the stuff he says in dressing rooms, how to motivate players and how to say it.” “He had read it himself and it was very interesting that he was taking things from all over the place, different sports and different walks of life.”
Phil Jackson was the coach who took over at the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was in the side back in the 1990s, and famously won the NBA Championship 6 times in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Phil then left the Bulls saying he would never coach again, but then joined the LA Lakers in 1999 and won the NBA Championship 5 times in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.
Phil is a complete student of motivation techniques and leadership, and is also a Zen master, and has written seven books on both leadership and motivation.
Phil Jackson – former Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers top coach
The 6’8″ tall Jackson played for the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets during his playing career is one of the best basketball coaches ever, and certainly has the best record of any NBA coach as far as NBA trophies won.
This will no doubt be extremely interesting to out American readers.
Alan Pardew once he arrived on Tyneside was bright enough to hire both Steve Stone and John Carver, who are both local to the area, and both have been impressed with the thoroughness of Alan’s coaching.
“He was clever. He got myself and John, who are Newcastle people and understand the club, understand the culture and understand the supporters.”
“We’ve been players, we’ve been supporters in this area. That’s a clever piece of management on his part,” “He does use us. We’ll mention things to him.”
“We’ll say ‘Listen, it’s really positive out there on the streets’”
Since Alan seems to be into sports motivation and winning big time, Newcastle could even go from strength top strength in the next couple of years, but we’ll keep out feet firmly on the ground.
After the excellent draw at Old Trafford yesterday, we’ll be very happy with a win at St. James’ Park next Saturday against Chelsea.
And no doubt Steve Stone and John Carver will be helping Alan this coming week, plan just what it will take to beat the top London side.
Howay The Lads!!