Alan Pardew has revealed that the summer tours for Newcastle are very difficult for the Newcastle staff, and Alan wants to end the view that it’s a walk in the sun for the Newcastle squad.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines during Monaco game
The squad has only just returned from their games in Germany and Austria and then they will fly out to Portugal on Thursday to play a couple of games in the Algarve in Faro, Portugal, on Friday and Saturday against Olympiakos and FC Braga.
It seems Alan is making acse today for the prople like the kit-man at Newcastle, and that’s fair enough.
But football is a huge global business these days, and the players are earning huge amounts of money, and to complain of it being hard is a little disingenuous – at least for the players.
If you are a top executive in the US, earning a fraction of the wages the Newcastle players earn, you are travelling all the time, and usually around the world.
Pardew had this to say to the local press today:
“ “We’re all in this together.” “The logistics of it are hard. It’s harder work for our staff.” “They don’t get any more money for it.” “People like the kit man and masseurs don’t get any extra time with their families. It’s tough.”
Alan did ensure while the lads were out on tour that they had some team bonding, which is always good, and the team bonding they did last summer showed up last season, when the lads always had a never say die attitude, during their games..
Alan talked about the white water rafting in Augsburg, Germany, which was one of the team bonding sessions last week:
“Everybody got involved in that.” “It was a good experience for the group.”
You have to remember football is now a huge global business, and while we don’t want to be disrespectful, this talk about things being tough is all relative.
As an example, I know of one IBM executive who for three and a half years made 40 trips a year – flying out on Monday morning and flying back on Friday night – from Raleigh to San Francisco (about 3000 miles and at least 10 hours travel time each way – when the planes were on time) to run several big consulting deals for a very large global credit card provider, located in Northern California.
Jet lag lasted for a very long time – so believe me – all of this stuff about things being tough is relative.
And there’s no doubt the players get very well compensated for it, and yes, to be fair, Alan is talking about the staff like the kit-man and other Newcastle staff members, who do great work for Newcastle, and who will not be very well compensated for all the good work they do when the lads are on tour.
That’s fair enough, but not for the players or for Alan, who get huge wages for what they do, and surely need to earn their wages.