The job of a football manager is to bring out the very best in his players.
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And by that accurate definition of a football coach’s job then Alan Pardew has done very well this season and by contrast Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish has not.
A number of Newcastle players have played their very best at Newcastle this season including players like Tim Krul, Colo, Ryan Taylor, Ben Arfa, Danny Guthrie, Demba Ba and James Perch.
And it’s been the expert way in which Alan has handled his players, with the emphasis always being on the team, and how they are doing, rather than on any one individual player.
And it seems to have worked like a charm this season, with Newcastle over-achieving big time, and other teams who have spent much more money on players, like Liverpool as one good example, not doing well.
One player Pardew has handled expertly this season is Ben Arfa, who is coming into his very best form for Newcastle at the right time.
This is what Alan said about the mercurial French International:
“I’m highly delighted with Hatem, and he should be highly delighted himself,”
“He’s had to be patient. I’ve been drilling things into him about the responsibilities in this team.
“Then he’s had to bring his flair. He’s doing his responsibilities, and he’s showing his amazing ability.”
Indeed Ben Arfa has come out this season looking golden, because he has not always been in the starting line-up, yet we have heard not one murmur of complaint from him.
Of course Ben Arfa should be safe in the knowledge that Newcastle fans just adore him, and his mercurial skills will always be appreciated by the Geordie fans.
We have to hope that Ben Arfa can keep scoring and making goals in the final 7 games of the season, as he’s been doing all year, starting at Swansea on Friday afternoon.
The lad done great and deserves tremendous credit for the way he’s come back from his terrible double leg break of last year.
He’s not only a very skillful player, but he’s also a courageous lad, which may be even more important.