Alan Smith has talked about the coaching of Alan Pardew, and the England International, who will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, when his five year contract runs out, says the Newcastle manager leaves nothing to chance.
Alan Smith – when in the first team at Newcastle
We had heard that Alan Pardew was a workaholic when he first came, but once he arrived word came through that he was meticulous in everything he did, and that seems to be one big reason why Alan has had so much success on Tyneside, in a very short 16 months at the famous Newcastle club.
This is what Alan Smith said about Pardew’s coaching style:
“He never leaves anything to chance. He never leaves a stone unturned,” “He tells everyone what is required, they know exactly what he expects and things are just meticulous.”
“Believe me, in modern-day football that vision is massive.” “Concentration levels are as important as anything else, now his coaching team know they are part of the team.”
“Look at the work they did with Hatem Ben Arfa, who has started to play recently. He struggled to adapt to our football and the style of it at first, now you’ve seen in the last four or five weeks how good he can be.”
“I spoke to the manager virtually every day when I was there. He asked me certain stuff about certain players and what I thought.” “I’ve been in the Premier League since I was 17, if you know what I mean? I spoke to him regularly. We never fell out.”
“He’s getting the rewards for the hard work he’s done throughout the season. It’s coming to fruition now and I think that having John Carver and Steve Stone really helps.”
“Sometimes as a manager it’s really hard to take yourself out of it and let others lead.” “But he does that, he has that trust in them and it has a positive impact.”
Alan Smith is a terrific professional, and even though he lost his place in the side once Newcastle were promoted, Alan Smith remained a positive influence on Tyneside, and it seems that Pardew sought out his advice on various things, which is good to hear.
It’s hardly surprising that Alan Smith says he would love to coach at Newcastle, when his playing days are over – who wouldn’t?
Alan loved it at Newcastle, but in January he had to move on to get some playing time somewhere else, and he joined MK Dons on loan:
“I was getting to the stage where I needed to be playing football.” “I didn’t want to be one of those players who comes to the end of my career resenting it.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if one day Alan Smith turns up as a coach at Newcastle, and we fully expect local lad Steve Harper, who has been at the club since 1993, to become a Newcastle coach down the road too.