Alan Pardew and the coaching staff are working hard to ensure there is no complacency in the Newcastle camp, after the lads did so well last season, but they have to do just as well in the coming season, and they cannot rest on their laurels.
Alan Pardew – burning desire to be successful
One of the things we like most about Alan Pardew is that he’s always willing to learn, and his experiences of managing over 13 years with five different club,s is standing him in good stead at Newcastle.
And Pardew remembers probably his greatest triumph as a manager, and it was in May of 2006, when he was within a minute of normal time of winning the FA Cup, but Steven Gerrard equalized and Liverpool finally won 3-1 on penalties after extra time.
And after that successive Alan Pardew found himself sacked in December of 2006, just seven months later, by the new Icelandic owners, and he thinks that one of the reasons that the Hammers made such a poor start to the 2006-2007 season – was there was far too much complacency in the West Ham camp, after they had done so well in the previous season.
And with that experience in mind, Alan is drumming it into both his coaching staff and the players, that they cannot be complacent in pre-season or in the upcoming season – and if they are – we’ll not do very well.
This is what Alan had to say to the Sunday Sun today:
“We’ve added a couple of things to training this year that we hope will bear fruit during the course of the season.” “That always keeps it a little bit interesting for them, giving them something different. The guys have come back in great shape and – touch wood – everyone is fit at the moment.”
“We’ve got a couple of games to get through but at the moment we’re OK.” “We’re feeling good and everyone is in a good place.” “If there is any complacency, it will be the coaching staff’s fault.” “We have to make sure our approach is fresh and it makes sense. “
“Most importantly we have to make sure that it takes us forward.” “This is a very good squad but there’s a lot of players in the squad with reputations that have been gained last year. That is something that they do need to keep their eye on.”
“That’s because if they let their levels drop in any way that reputation will soon be forgotten.” “Of course it helps that the squad is stronger. Some of our bigger players from last season need to do it all over again because the ones behind them are pushing very hard.”
Good words from the Newcastle manager there, and we’re always impressed with the burning desire Alan Pardew seems to have to make Newcastle United great again.
And few would argue that’s he’s made a terrific start in the first 19 months of his management career on Tyneside .
Long may it continue.