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!!