Alan Pardew is talking about stability at Newcastle United today.
Alan Pardew – has generated almost instant success this season
The word stability was never used in the same sentence when Freddy Shepherd was Chairman of the club, from late 1997 until the summer of 2007, when Mike Ashley purchased the club outright.
And since Mike Ashley has owned Newcastle over the last four and half years, Newcastle have had a total of six managers in Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.
So it’s hard to say the club had been stable under Mike Ashley either, as the Londoner has twice tried to sell the club with no success.
Alan signed on for five and a half years last December when he replaced the very popular Chris Hughton, and he said then that he wanted a long term contract, if he was to take the hot-seat at Newcastle.
Alan got that contract from Ashley, in the last year Alan has done extremely well in almost all aspects of the job, and currently has his team in 7th place in the Premier League.
And that’s after a poor run of results too, and a win tomorrow night at Liverpool and we’ll be back up to 6th place, one point out of 4th place.
Alan is right when he says it’s important to have stability at a football club, but it’s something we haven’t had on Tyneside for a while.
Not since the great Bobby Robson managed the club from September 1999 until August of 2004, when we were 3rd and 4th in the Premier League in successive seasons.
And before that Kevin Keegan was manager from February 1992 through January, 1997, when he created The Entertainers and brought great fame to Newcastle United and second place twice in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew has a good chance to be in charge at Newcastle for a few years yet, especially if he can maintain the success he has generated in his very first year at the club.
And this is what the Newcastle manager told Sky Sports News today:
“The biggest progress we have is stability at the football club because the results and the way we have conducted ourselves here at the training ground have suggested that hopefully we can have a period where the manager stays in place and we can build a team,”
“We have brought young players to the club – Davide Santon,Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, people like that, young players who we can build on.”
“That first game against Liverpool was a daunting game because in terms of how I came to the football club, it was important I won it.”
“It will always be right at the top of my list of the most important wins at this football club until such time as we get near the big prizes. But we are not there yet.”
We think Alan is an excellent front-man for Newcastle United, and he certainly knows what the Newcastle fans want, and he has been true to his word in producing open and attractive football on the pitch.
We just have to hope he gets backing from the owner and also from Chief Executive Derek LLambias, because we may not be too far off having some real success at Newcastle.
If Ashley and LLambias support Alan next month and in the summer, by strengthening the Newcastle squad, we may be pushing for a top six place next season.
And that cannot be bad.