Alan Pardew has come out in the Sunday Sun today with some plain talking, and it again seems an attempt to educate the Newcastle fans on how the club plans to become a power-house once again in the English Premier League.
Alan Pardew – thumbs up and positive
But as we all know, it will not be by throwing money around on big transfers, like in days of old, but rather building on a Youth System and bringing some top youngsters through to the first team.
And also by investing heavily in the Scouting system led by the very talented Chief Scout Graham Carr, and hope we can find some diamonds in the rough, as we have already done with top players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who cost Newcastle a measly £7.5M in total, over the last couple of years. Peanuts in Joey Barton’s language.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“What I would say is better and more experienced managers than me have said that you finish where you deserve to finish – and we deserved to finish fifth.” “But that was last year. The important message I will get through to the players is that it ain’t winning the league.”
“There were still four teams ahead of them and if they want to be winners then they must do better than they did last year. I know our fans come into our home stadium and expect us to win whoever we play this year.” “I have no problem with that. We have to handle that pressure and we had great home form last season.”
“But away from home, I think our fans are realistic enough to know that it is very difficult.” “We need to pick up wins at Chelsea and draws at Manchester United to finish fifth. That’s where we really did well.
“So the fans are realistic. I think if we finish in the top eight then, really, our fans would be happy. But we can’t settle for that and, certainly, I won’t.”
And Newcastle have proved that it doesn’t take a massive investment of money to build a top squad, if you have a person like Graham Carr running the scouting system, and regularly checking on players most weekends during the season, it can pay off big time.
We wonder how much money Graham Carr has saved Newcastle, given the players he’s brought into the club, since he joined in February of 2010?
And after all, Newcastle are probably the best example of a club who found it hard to be successful, even when they were willing to spend big money on big transfers, but the players often turned out to be mediocre - at best - something Liverpool have found out in the last 18 months.
“Investment doesn’t always guarantee it will improve the team and we have seen that throughout the years.” “The investment some clubs can throw at their squads is something we can’t match.”
“We have a different agenda to Chelsea. We can’t look at them and say ‘ah, they’ve got Eden Hazard now’ we can’t think like that.” “What we must do is look at ourselves and say we have great players at Newcastle that Chelsea would be lucky to have in their team, which is something.”
“We have to try and improve in another way. Bring one through, maybe a Shane Ferguson or Sammy Ameobi, who gets one of our big hitters out and the reason they would get them out the team is because they are better.”
“Have I learned from my experiences? I would like to think that I’m a better manager than I was then because if you don’t grow as a person and a manager as you go through the trials and tribulations of this job then you’re in trouble.”
Alan Pardew has been very successful at Newcastle, there’s just no doubt about that, because it seems he has learned well from his past experiences in management, not all of which were successful or particularly easy to go through.
But that’s always the best way to learn in life, and although at the time the negatives are sometimes so very hard to take (believe me I know), they turn out to be great learning steps for those who are willing to look at what happened, and then learn from the experience.
That’s what Alan Pardew seems to have done in his career, and why he became almost an instant success on Tyneside, after he arrived at the club 19 months ago, when very few supporters (with the emphasis on very), thought he’d be any good at all.
How wrong can you be?
We hope Alan continues his great success at Newcastle United for many years – and then he can become England manager.