Newcastle’s Bold Plans For The Future Are Clear

When Newcastle brought in Alan Pardew a lot of us thought we were getting manager who hadn’t done much before, when managing a big club.

Alan Pardew – soon to implement next phase of plans

In fact the biggest club he had ever managed was West Ham,  and he took them to the FA Cup final only to lose on penalties to Liverpool back in 2006.

But of course Alan did have a lot of management experience, and if he could learn from his experiences of managing clubs like Reading, West Ham, Charlton Athletic and Southampton, then maybe he could even become successful on Tyneside. Maybe.

But in his interviews today, Alan does seem to have learned from some of his mistakes of the past, and in the close season last summer as one example, he was very aware of the second season syndrome:

“This is only our second season back in the Premier League.” “In my second year at West Ham in 2006-2007, I got sacked. I think a few players thought they’d cracked it. Last summer I was conscious of that, the second season.”

“And I made a decision that I was going to change a few players and stir it up.” “So we’ve not had the ‘second season syndrome’. ” “We also have some good standards here and I’d like to think my players are not creating waves off the pitch the way they used to. “

“There were too many stories.”  (take note Nile Ranger)   “And we are more in control of games,” “Last year we had nous and experience, this year we have looked the dominant force at times. Manchester United was the pinnacle of that.”

“Teams are going to be intimidated when they come here,” “This is a big club. We are focused on players who can deal with that. There’s a next phase, of getting a way of playing right through the club, to give us an underbelly to the first-team.”

“It’s what we are trying to do now. That’s also a lot of the unseen work, and a lot of investment.”

Wolves didn’t seem to be too intimidated last Saturday, and from their point of view they did very well to come back as they did in that second half.

From the Newcastle point of view it was little short of a disaster, and two home points dropped.

And it’s interesting to note that a next phase at Newcastle is to create the same way of playing right through the club, and of course that’s exactly what teams like Arsenal do, so when youngsters  come into the first team,  they know what’s expected of them and usually fit right in.

And we seem to be right on the ball as far as the transfer market goes, and Newcastle have even proved themselves a slick outfit in getting good players to Tyneside at very good prices – so that part of the club looks good these days,  and we expect that to continue, starting this summer.

Things are certainly looking up at Newcastle,  and the way forward seems to have been well planned out, and of course to be successful in business, you need two things.

You need a solid plan in place that is well thought out, but then you have to execute the plan impeccably, and Newcastle seem to be starting to do that these days – and that’s a very good omen for the club.

Here’s hoping for more success in the last 12 games of this season, starting with a win on Sunday against Sunderland.

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • The Shola Show

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

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  • Shearer.Milburn

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Exciting times!! 3 points on Sunday!!! HWTL

  • Dannyo

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s a structure running throughout the club. A structure that is still being reinforced.
    A club with such a structure really does have a good chance of achieving greater things cause it has a solid platform to build on.
    Loving that the plan is well in motion and that there is much more to come.
    Good times for NUFC 🙂

    Howay APs Black and White army!

  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Hate to be the “negger” here but can we please stop talking about Man U being the pinnacle of our season? Don’t get me wrong, cracking result and I hope that Man U win the prem just for added bragging rights for us but really, what have we done since Man U? Yeah we played great but we haven’t exactly been in top form since, have we?

    Beating them put us on a downward spiral… to 6th 😉

  • The Shola Show

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    @ thump – to be fair mate, since Man utd, we lost Ba and tiote to the African Nations, Cabaye to a suspension and Best to injury! We’ve not got the biggest of squads so to lose 4 first team players with already taylor out, thats 5 first team players missing, any team in the PL would struggle to lose those players and survive! Take Man utd for example, if you go by the 1st team positions we were missing it’d be the equivelent of them fielding a side with out Vidic, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney and Welbeck, or Liverpool playing without Agger, Gerrard, Adam, suarez and bellamy! They;’d drop points as we have done! We’ve got nearly a full strength side out now, if we’re still dropping points on the 1st of april i’ll be worried but i think results will pick up now!

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    The Shola Show // Mar 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Best a first team Player, not in a million years

  • martoon

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    The full article in the Telegraph (which is online) is definitely worth a read rather than snippets which Ed is posting.

  • GeordieLad

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Looking good eh lads. OOOOOOOOOO tooon toon.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11


    You make an excellent point,

    Indian – The definition of First team
    A first team player is anyone who is in the full senior squad. ie you have your First team, Reserve team, Youth team.

    Best is a first Team player, as id Shola Ameobi as is James Perch as is Dan Gosling as is Haris Vuvkic. Some also play reserve football to stay fit and to improve technique etc.

    I agree Best is not a starter in Our Starting 11, however he has talent, and is a tireless worker, he is a good ”SQUAD”player, like Guthrie, Raylor, Obertan etc…We need the likes of them at our club.

    Your posts have improved over time mate, but please will you try and brush up your basic knowlegdge of the game, and stop player bashing, unless its constructive.

    Take care pal


  • davybtoon

    Mar 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Thump if a downward spiral is winning 3 drawing 1 n losing 2 since man utd then sign me up for that form

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    It is a very encouraging article in the Telegraph. A pity one of the replies on that site came from one of our more “deluded” number giving ammunition to those like to wave that accusation in our faces.
    The message coming from Pardew seems to confirm that we are indeed a work in progress but with a definite strategy in mind. He is not really expecting immediate success but gradually intends to put building blocks in place which will give us a greater chance of staying in the top group over a long period. Whether this is sufficient for the impatient “gimme now” brigade of course is doubtful.

  • Rumsfeld

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley is going to turn us into the Barcelona of England

    Arsenal on the out

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    what is the style of football running throught the club going to be high line, long ball, 442 and kicking people as we are currently seeing or the fast free flowing football on the deck in a 433 or 451 we were allegedy promised?

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Davybtoon @ # 12

    I think Thumps tongue is firmly in his cheek when typing that comment hence the wink.

    Indian magpie you are no more than a five minute fan with an intellect to suit.

  • argentoona

    Mar 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #17

    It will take us time to rebuild but nowadays we are improving instead of downgrading 😉
    Howay the lads

  • chuck

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Another case of bullshit baffles brains.
    NUFC are going nowhere with this guy, it should be by now obvious to all, that he is clueless from a tactical viewpoint.
    Playing the same game, week after week and never once adopting a different tactical approach in any game so far.
    It’s as if he has learned that 4-4-2 with eight men defending, is a system that for the most part works.
    However as in the case of Wolves and other not so great sides, the oppositions manager quickly figuers out how to counter that with a change of tactics.
    Face it if you think about it we are often outplayed in the second half, a situation that Pardew has no answer to.
    It’s one side and one tactical approach fits all.
    If this club is to go anywhere we will need, not a big name, but a knowledgeable Manager, one who can match team selection and tactics, to succeed against various opposition.
    Horses for courses.

  • 9

    Mar 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #19

    2010/11 12th in Premier League
    2011/12 (12 games left) 6th in Premier League
    “NUFC are going nowhere with this guy”

  • Thump

    Mar 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Thank you cupidstunt <3


    Mar 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #21

    The Negativity of some of the people posting on here never ceases to amaze me!

    Just when the lads and the club could probably do with the supporters while going through a sticky patch! If things ar,nt going well the lads need extra support and not some of the crap that gets written on here!

    We have two of the happy gang coming with their best “Doom-Gloom”! posts on here!

    Chuck! Are you a Mackem coz with support like yours with your last comment the club don,t need! If you think we are going nowhere with this guy then maybe the guy in the Stadum of Shite would suite you better! You never seem to post if things are going well and we are winning games!


    Mar 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    COLLO and KRUL have just signed new contracts, Collo till 2016 and Krul till 2017!

    Now we need to work on Cabaye,s contract and Mr T,s in the summer!

    Add to this the fact the club is already busy with transfers for the summer!

    The comments above about where the club is going are even more Bull being sent out by a lot of people on here!


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