Newcastle are getting a fair bit of good publicity, after announcing yesterday that Alan Pardew and his staff will have a long term role to play at the club, as the Newcastle hierarchy offered Alan and his team a new and improved eight year deal at Newcastle United.
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And Derek Llambias, the Managing Director, has been talking about the Newcastle club, and he points out that managers on long term contracts at clubs tend to bring success, and you just cannot chop and change managers when the team goes on a bad run.
We wonder which club was most guilty of that in the past?
This is what Derek said to Sky Sports News roday:
“What we believe, is that for one we have the right manager and he has ambition and it is all about stability and we believe Newcastle needs to have this to go forward and have success.”
“There is no coincidence that Manchester United with Sir Alex has been there over 25 years and has created stability and with that has come success, and along with Arsene Wenger stability has come success.”
“What we have achieved over the last five years has been tremendous, we have put a lot into the model, financially we are stable and that will continue and now it’s all about stability on the pitch, and having the right managing and coaching staff and chief scout. It is a fantastic move for us and those individuals.
“The long-term contracts with the players and the manager can only make things better going forward. Alan is delighted. He loves the job, he loves the North East and has a real drive to bring a trophy to us and hopefully we will get there in the coming years.”
“You can’t keep changing your manager because you have a bad a run.” “David Moyes for instance has done a fantastic job at Everton – they are going to be right up there, so we are looking for that sort of stability and so to give Alan the eight years is the right thing to do.”
And Newcastle’s top executive is pleased that Newcastle seem to be burning a trail in how to run a football club well financially, with the way the current management have got the club on a strong financial base, and seem to have Newcastle as a very well run club at the moment, as surprising that may be to some of us – but it’s also true.
“We are pleased, very pleased we are doing something different in football, this eight-year deal is something different in football and it shows our commitment to where we believe we should be,”
“Our model is not rocket science; other Premier League clubs do the same but over a four-year period we have taken them from a very bad financial position to a very good position which will only get better, and we will continue to strive to make football affordable for our fans and to fill that stadium and by having entertaining football is the way of doing it.”
“I would like us to challenge for Europe year on year, and win a trophy. Last year we had a tremendous season – our goal this season is eighth and above but Alan wants to do better than fifth and our players want to do better than fifth.” “We don’t have an oil well underneath this stadium – lots of coal but no oil well.”
“So we will compete as best as we can with the budgets we have, and the renouncement policy we have, the manager we have, the spirit we have is fantastic and the fan base – we have lots of elements that work but we can’t throw lots of money at situations that don’t make sense.”
That’s the first time we’ve heard the official target for the season is top eight, and it was top ten last season, and we finished 5th top and of course qualified for Europe for the first time since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.
There’s no doubt that Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley have worked out an excellent way to run the football club, even if there’s not too much money available for transfers.
But Mike Ashley has invested money in the scouting system – led by Graham Carr – and the hope is that Graham and his staff continue to find top players, who can be brought to the Tyneside club fairly cheaply.
It’s certainly worked well over the last two years or so.
Things are continuing to look up at Newcastle, but first things first – and we have to get all 3 points at Reading tomorrow afternoon.
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