Meticulous Pardew Planning One Reason For Newcastle Success

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Just give the lad a statue already

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    My comments have been wierd for ages

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki, that NO was to you question, i agreed with you

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Just seen a comment on the Pep quitting Barca story and some one suggested him managing England. Not a bloody chance, but would make me happier going in to the Euros!

    Has everyone else written the Euros off for this year? They’ve left it way too late to appoint someone to make a difference imo

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Why not the lad, has a passion and fire about football.
    Not many players fight as hard and are committed to the team as Alan Smith.

    If he can coach well, I’m sure he’ll be an inspirational manager one day.

    Thanks for being a great player and for the promotion.

    Howay the Lads!

  • toonincheek

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    codarm – lol.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7


    If the FA start interviewing , Melted Wellie Face, Hodgson & Pardew now, the press are going to have a field day.

    Any teams reversing form -if we start losing -or the Spuds start winning, will be blamed on the FA.

    I think they have to wait.
    Strangely a sudden rush of new faces and training methods might shake up the England set-up.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Hatem…I agree that it would cause disruption to club’s etc and that it probably is best to wait, however, it doesn’t really help the England team. Unless they’ve unofficially already told the new manager and he’s already planning. Otherwise luck will most likely be a big factor this summer imo

  • mecannylad

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Mecannylass is getting nervous. She`s in for a hell of a Saturday night …. one way or another!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian @2 – ah ok. 🙂

    You ay do some weird coments but the blog would be a little more dull without you. lol.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    mecannylad…in either scenario does your canny lass come out of it happy? Sounds extremely worrisome 🙂

    Hatem…Maybe the new system etc might give them the “new manager effect”…not that many games in the Euros…hopefully the honeymoon period might last 🙂

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12


    Could be a great chance to do well with a good motivator in there.
    It’s been all stick and no carrot for a few years. Capello never looked like a bundle of laughs. There could be a huge surge of team spirit to fill the vacuum.

  • Constanstine

    Apr 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Best wish to Smith’s career. I hope he finds a new club where he will get to enjoy his football again. A massive lad and a captain.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Alan Smith Football Career is Over

    However its the beginning of his CHEERLEADING CAREER

  • Magpie_Man

    Apr 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    I liked smithy, i dont know why we stopped playing him when we got chiek tiote. He made a good start in PL, he could have made a good backup player.

  • blew

    Apr 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Give him a job coaching the strikers, then no doubt we would not score in a match for 5 years plus. He has had a charmed life at the club and still has the nerve to want more. Good ridance, get a job with your mentor Big Sam.


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