Pardew Takes Leaf Out Of Famed NBA Coach Phil Jackson’s Book


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.

Steve continued:

“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!!


94 comments so far

  • tsangcym

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Big fans of Phil Jackson, hope Pardew can really learn something from him.

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Maynard bagged again yesterday. I still think he’s worth a gamble he’s getting back to his old form before he got that bad injury. He would be alot cheaper option that maiga price wise and wage wise. Then the money we save can go towards another defender better than ridgewell

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    @stuart
    I hope you’re right mate, cause if we do get Maiga, i reckon they’ve thought the others can do the job while Ba and Maiga are away.
    Maybe even throw Sammy into the strike mix.
    Personally i see Campbell as the next Rooney. Same type of striker build and all, and Rooney started when he was 16 at Everton 😛
    But i digress, once again, hope u’re right, cause Pardew and crew must think we have enough offensive power without the two to see us through January.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    @seantoon
    Seen the rumours about Giroud again today? He bagged a hattrick yesterday 😛

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Measure Alan Pardew at the end of the Season.

    Until then lets just enjoy the ride, Christ I think we deserve it!

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  • JackButler

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning lads, dont know what pleased more yesterday, our gritty performance or seeing Fergie acting like a child because an assistant had the nerve to give a decision against them

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeh I know I had Montpellier on my bet. I just think he’s the same as we’ve already got. We need a striker Like Bellamy or martins again

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    @JB
    Morning mate, Fergie being all pissed and childish is making yesterdays match even better.
    It took a sargent serving in Afganistan to see bring Fergies ego down 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    @seantoon
    Thats what i’ve been hearing about him, havent really seen him play, same type as we’ve already got.
    And ye, we need that pacey, technical striker. We lack that.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    @dannyo
    ha ha, it’s just nice to have a team we can all be proud of again, one with fight and passion who understand what it is to wear our shirt and pissing Fergie off is just the icing on top

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    I think maynard fits the bill and we know he’s proven in English football. Yes he hasn’t scored in the premiership but I think he’d score goals in any league

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    JB
    Proud indeed, i’ve gone from a top 10 at the start of the season to a top 7. Continue to perform like this and i see a european spot up for grabs.
    Possibly top 6? Tottenham looks mental this year tho, and will break into top 4 i think.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    @Dannyo
    Agree mate, we just need to get through Jan without loosing anyone of note and add one or two ‘Carr Specials’ and who knows what we can achieve this season.
    We just need to hide the self destruct button from Ashley and Co and enjoy the ride 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Thats like trying to hide a pie from MA that like JB haha!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Dave Nugent scored goals in the Championship but was pants in the Prem, different type of player to Maynard of course but I definitely wouldn’t take a chance on any lower league player the gulf is immense, that’s why I wouldn’t take a risk on the likes of Rhodes or Maynard. They would be a lot cheaper price wise and wages but we are trying to grow as a club, the phrase speculate to accumulate comes to mind.

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  • Stuart

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    You cant just discount every player playing in the lower leagues like.

    Alot of the current best players in the prem made the step up, for example gareth Bale. He would probably get into any team in the worlds first team atm and he came from league 1 or something.

    If you get them young they have time to develop, thats our transfer policy, it shouldnt matter where the player comes from if they arent yet the finished article.

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  • BeeGuy

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    AP says he wants his players to learn and incorporate what other top teams do. Well, MANU are the masters of converting head tennis to balls on the ground at the feet of MANU attackers. They use the time the ball is in the air to get into position. The man under the ball gets himself in position as well. Most teams just let it come down & send it back up with who knows what intention.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #18

    JB
    For what it’s worth, i’m a bit excited about Maiga now.
    Both Carr and Pards want him, despite the ACN, i can’t help but wonder how he’ll do in the prem.
    Then bring in Hoilett for free in the summer, and we’d be sound offensivly and in midfield.
    Only need cover for the back 4 then.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I for one must admit I was not to keen on Alan Pardew but he has Done a Crackin job not even Bobby Would Get It Any Better.. We need a New Centre Half and a New Striker Big Style maybe a New Winger as once we get bans or injurys we are Knackered. African Nations Players will be No Good Ned a Few French Lads That are Cabayes Mates etc

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  • LewSpi

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    I really can’t wait for Campbell and Hooper to make the step up. Exciting. Wonder how far into their careers it will be before Cashley can’t resist any longer.

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Rhodes isn’t on par with Maynard. I’m from Huddersfield and see him play all the time. Grant holt scored in the championship for fun and is still scoring in the premiership.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    @LewSpi
    Agree 100%, altho Hooper is a Shola type striker, the lad is huge already, which may benefit him playing for a younger side, being considerably bigger than most players.
    Campbell tho, man, the next Rooney, i’m telling ya!

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    I think hoilett will go to tottenham. We won’t be able to match them wage wise. And like most footballers he won’t think about game time once he see’s the money being offered

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Hoilett’s attitude is shocking wouldn’t want him regardless of how good he is, another Insomnia waiting to happen

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  • hdavid23

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    I read that book too, its a great one. Also some players should read one of Phil’s other books, titled The last season – A team in search of its soul. They could learn a lot from it.

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    For people who aint attending the Chelsea game its on Sky sports 2 at half 12 kick off

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  • seantoon

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    i think hoilett would be a fantastic signing if we pulled it off but i just cant see it happening. I dont think he would be any bother what so ever either. AP is the type of manager who can keep players happy and will be able to keep him under control.

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  • pardew no 1

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    watch this video skip to the 3rd minutes and watch ben arfas free kick its amazing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJO0Bxeprlo

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  • israeli_fan

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    great game yesterday.

    i suprised no one praise perchs performance.
    in fact, this season, he was very good as a CDM, but some people won’t change their mind about him because of Stoke last year

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    LISTEN LADS

    It just been announced that Garry Speed has die;
    I am sure we all would like to express our sympathy to his family and friends.
    RIP Speedo

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    *died

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  • Shot Bru

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    My god Gary Speed has passed away….RIP

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  • gorgonzola

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svgtS9i_dUc&feature=related

    what a debut I will never forget this game and this player…..we need a star like this…

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow, a Newcastle legend passes on. Im so shocked by this. May he rest in peace

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  • geoff777

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #35

    RIP Gary Speed … how did he die?

    I watched him on Football focus yesterday …?

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  • Alinufc

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #36

    rip a ledgend! anyone know how he died surely cant be health reasons… he was only 42 🙁

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    RIP Gary Speed, a great player and a great man, played his heart out for our club, he will be missed!

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  • solano

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Terrible, terrible news. Totally shocked. a great pro.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #39

    RIP Gary Speed.
    Wow, this is a shocker, what happened? Only 42 and with his physique he could probably still be playin… 🙁

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  • Toonbyblood

    Nov 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #40

    oh man…. Gary… Legend. You’ll be missed and well remembered.

    Peace.

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