Newcastle’s excellent financial results for the last financial year have raised some eyebrows in the game.
Alan Pardew – done great on Tyneside – so far
And that’s because Newcastle’s thrifty way they run the business, their concentration on youth their ability to bring in top players for very reasonable transfer fees could be a strategy to follow for other clubs.
Of course you need a manager willing to exist under those tight conditions, and managers who come in and demand millions of pounds to spend on new players will get short shrift at Newcastle.
In retrospect, that’s why Kevin Keegan probably never had a chance to work well in the Ashley regime, because like Alan Shearer, he wanted big money to spend on players.
It’s a huge surprise that with Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew as managers since we were relegated, Newcastle United have made an amazing come-back into the big time, and both managers deserve enormous credit for that.
Chris Hughton was sacked in December of 2010, and it now looks that was because Derek LLambias wanted a stronger personality at the head of the team, and wanted the manager more involved with transfer dealings and other matters associated with the running of the club.
In that sense Alan Pardew seems like an almost perfect choice now for the Newcastle manager job, although a lot of us thought at the time he would be simply hopeless.
Alan has come out and said he was told of how the club operated, and he was asked before he took the job if he thought he could build a successful side under those constraints.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“The club is on an even keel. The financial discipline we are under is well documented, but it has to go in line with size of the club.”
“The challenge for when I came here was ‘can I do it under that discipline’ and I said I could.”
“The board, Mike and Derek are making sure they help the team as well by releasing the funds to help this team grow.”
“It’s about getting the balance right between the figures and getting that first team to keep progressing.”
Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – for once – have even been given credit for the way they have handled the club’s finances and transfer business since we were relegated over 30 months ago.
And it has also been revealed by Derek LLambias this week, that Mike Ashley was the only one on the Board who didn’t want to sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
The financial trends at the club are all in the right direction, and we have the best team on the field since Sir Bobby Robson managed the club, so things are definitely looking up at Newcastle these days.
And it’s hard not to give both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias credit for that, and Alan Pardew too of course.