Alan Pardew has performed wonders on Tyneside, since he arrived to replace the popular Chris Hughton in December of 2010.
Alan Pardew – pointing the way at Newcastle
Since Alan arrived he kept the momentum going that Hughton had created at Newcastle, and the lads finished 12th top of the league last season, and were never really in any relegation trouble.
This season Newcastle started off with 11 games unbeaten, and have been in and around the top seven or so all season, and at one point we were in 3rd position in the table, behind only the top two Manchester clubs.
That has all been achieved on very little net money being spent in the transfer market, and with the help of Chief Scout Graham Carr, Newcastle have made some tremendous bargains in the transfer market, over the last couple of years or so.
Alan Pardew knew all about the way Newcastle were being run before he signed on as manager of Newcastle, and today he has explained why the financial thrift is necessary at Newcastle:
“From day one I’ve tried to be open and honest about the financial model we’re operating. I understood the fans’ initial resentment.”
“Mike Ashley set out to make Newcastle self-financing and I knew exactly what that framework entailed when I took the job in December 2010.”
“I’ve aimed to be transparent with the supporters, and give them clarity about what we are trying to achieve and how we will operate in the transfer market.”
“They know that in certain circumstances we will sell players.” “At a club like this, where huge money was spent in the past on top players such as Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, it was inevitable that some would not be happy with our spend.”
“Many were unhappy with the sale of Andy Carroll – but that £35M has helped us build a team that has exceeded all expectations this season.” “Our policy makes sound financial sense in a harsh economic climate and with UEFA financial fair play rules looming.”
“Mike was determined that the club’s future would not be put at risk by spending money we could not afford. We have all seen what has happened at Portsmouth and Rangers.”
“Now I think a lot of Newcastle fans are starting to see the bigger picture and appreciate what we are doing makes sense.We set out to find value in the transfer market and I believe we have succeeded.”
“We have been helped by the fact that signings such as Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye have come in and had an immediate impact.” “And I have been helped by the fact that the backroom staff I inherited are first-class.”
“We have proved this season by breaking into the top six, that we can be a force in the Premier League and we have laid foundations that I hope can keep us at the top end of the table in future years.”
Most fans have now accepted that strong financial controls are necessary at the Tyneside club, and while we will not spend big money on players like we did in the past under Freddy Shepherd – money we didn’t have by the way – fans are now keen to see the bargains Newcastle can make in the transfer market.
With Newcastle doing so well after spending so little money, it puts the spotlight on clubs like Liverpool and even Manchester City who have spent millions and millions on their players, yet Newcastle are a match this season for both of those teams.
With the Financial Fair Rules coming into effect for European clubs like Manchester City, who lost over £190M in their last financial year, they will all will have to reign in their spending soon, and news recently that’s what Manchester City plan to do this summer.
The fair play rules will force European clubs to balance their books – what an odd financial concept that is – and they can only spend what they bring in in revenues each financial year, but the rules are being phased in over a number of years.
We’ll see if Manchester City are true to their word, but there’s little doubt that Newcastle are now one of the best run clubs in England, and the club are in excellent financial shape, and we should be even better next season, since we should be back in Europe.
These last three years since our relegation in May of 2009 have amounted to a tremendous comeback story for the club, and it’s been really unbelievable.
Let’s just check something – ouch that hurt – I just pricked myself and it hurt really bad – so this must all be true, and it’s not a dream. 😀
Howay The Lads!!