Alan has given an interview with The Manager, the official trade magazine of the League Managers’ Association.
Alan Pardew – has good philosophy of football management
The piece is titled North Eastern Promise, and in it, Alan lays out his management philosophy, which he has used at Newcastle since coming in on Thursday 9th December, when he gave that first impressive interview to the local media.
Two days later, and Newcastle had registered their first win under Alan with the 3-1 thumping of Liverpool, and in the same fixture a few weeks ago, we hammered them 2-0.
This is what Alan talked about in the article:
“First of all you start with your staff, because if they don’t have the same passion as you to convey the message, then you are not going to be able to do it on your own.”
“You need a staff that can take the message forward for you and continue it when you may be away from the training ground, dealing with other club obligations.”
“If your staff don’t carry it through then there is a lack of continuity and it becomes ‘wishy washy’.” “If I saw a staff member ignore one of our players using a mobile phone in the treatment room and not dealing with the situation, then that staff member is going to be in trouble with me on that occasion rather than the player.”
“I’m reliant on that staff member to realize the significance of the culture we are building within the club.” “I’m very lucky that I inherited so many good staff at Newcastle United who have completely bought into what we are doing.”
When John Carver arrived as Alan’s Assistant manger early last year, he told the media it was clear who the boss was at Newcastle, and the Londoner seems to run a tight ship, with discipline being at the forefront.
“When a football manager joins a club, he needs to make sure that he is looking at the whole club and he’s putting down a foundation and a clear vision of where he is going, because that clarity and communication can actually buy you another game.”
“If you don’t do that and you lose four or five consecutive matches there’s a good chance that you are in big trouble.” “If the club can see you are trying to work with the budget that they have presented you with, trying to inspire people, trying to create a good work ethic at the football club then it might buy you an extra game.”
“If I was a chairman I think I’d want to hear that type of clarity coming from my manager from the outset, and what my manager was going to bring to this football club. I’ve always gone into interviews and said that I can over-achieve because I believe that I can by creating the environments where I can achieve.”
“Sometimes you are not given the time, issues can arise that affect things.” ” If there’s any advice that I would give a young manager it would be to get the clarity of their vision and ability across from the start.”
“You must convey clearly and concisely the brand of football that you want to play and how you are going to achieve it. My brand of football has always been the same – to try to win the game whatever the odds, within the tactical game plan that we have.”
“This is usually on the front foot and making it very, very difficult for opponents.” That “clarity” has been the same at Newcastle – even if it hasn’t always been popular.” “I do think that the clarity of the budget is important,”
“Some fans may not be entirely happy with the amount we have to spend but at least they know the whole picture. When you look at the world economy and where football is at the moment, we’re seeing some really tough times.”
“We’ve seen examples of Portsmouth and Rangers in Scotland that show if you overstretch you are going to find yourself in serious trouble and you are putting the club’s future at risk. At Newcastle we’ve got a good foundation and a good financial model and now the question is whether we can bring success within that model?”
“That’s the challenge that I accepted when I joined the club and so far we are doing well and can hopefully continue to grow as we go along.”
Alan certainly seems to know exactly what he’s doing at Newcastle, and it’s interesting that when he first arrived back in December of 2010, the training grounds were frozen, and Alan was forced to train indoors with the squad for the upcoming Liverpool home game.
Alan got that fixed by owner Mike Ashley last summer, by getting under-soil heating installed at the training grounds, and Newcastle are now one of the few Premier League clubs to have that.
Pardew is keen to ensure there’s continuous progress made at the Newcastle club, and there’s no doubt he’s made a fantastic start to his management career on Tyneside.
Long may it continue.