If anybody had any doubts that Alan Pardew loves being the Newcastle United manager, he’s made it clear a few times this week that he loves it at Newcastle, and he still has a big job to do on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – loves life at Newcastle United
We had written yesterday of how much he loved being Newcastle manager, but he has again talked about how great it is being at Newcastle, with the local press today.
One of the reasons we didn’t think Alan would be much good at Newcastle, is that he hadn’t had any big success with any big clubs before, but of course there’s always the case that he makes it at Newcastle first.
Indeed, Chris Hughton did much the same thing when he got his first manager position on Tyneside, and Chris is showing just how good he is and has taken Birmingham City, after all their top players left after relegation, to 3rd top of the Championship.
It would be great if Chris returns to Newcastle as Birmingham manger next season, and we’re sure the Geordie crowd will give Chris a great welcome back, after all he did for this club, when it was down and out in the summer of 2009, following relegation.
Alan Pardew talked about the Newcastle manager job:
“This is a big, big club, and I’m very privileged and proud to be manager.” “I’ve made it clear I have no interest in going anywhere else.”
“It’s a difficult job – far from easy – but it’s a fantastic experience for me, and I’m enjoying it.” “I’ve got a great set of players, and it’s important for them and the staff to know I’m staying here.”
“Whether people link me with another role or not, it’s not true. I’m staying here, and looking forward to going forward.”
“Mike was here yesterday. We’ve got the contracts on the agenda, and we’ve also got summer targets and the development group, which I think we need to improve.”
Pardew and Ashley were discussing the contract situation yesterday, and in particular captain Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson’s deals were discussed.
And the two Londoners also discussed the transfer targets for the summer, but we think there was a lot of work done last month in lining up new targets for the summer, and we have that feeling it’s going to be another good transfer window for the Newcastle club.
There will be clear-out of the development squad with lots of youngsters being let go this summer, and those include Tamas Kadar, Joan Edmundsson, Ashington-born Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott, Patrick Nzuzi, Newcastle-born Dan Taylor, Ole Soderberg and Phil Airey.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle will release 12 players in total from the development squad, so there are four more in addition to those listed above.
And of course Mike Ashley is willing to invest £15M into youth development, which will essentially go to the scouting team, charged with finding the top youngsters.
Things are looking up at Newcastle, and the future is looking bright ahead.