Alex Ferguson has talked about the tremendous job Alan Pardew has done at Newcastle, since he arrived in December of 2010, and he was rewarded yesterday with a new eight year contract, and his coaching staff also got long term renewed contracts yesterday.
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Of course Alex and Alan Pardew are good friends, and Alan often calls up the Manchester United supremo, as he did when he was offered the Newcastle job almost two years ago – and not surprisingly Alex said - take it.
It’s not an easy job managing a Premier League club these days, especially when you are in Europe, because you have to get the balance right between fielding a strong enough side to win the European games, while at the same time resting some of your top players for the league games – which is the bread and butter of success in England.
This is what Alex said today:
“The club has come on tremendously over the past couple of years under Alan Pardew.” “They were challenging for a place in the Champions League last season.” “They missed out, but are playing in the Europa League and enjoying a taste of the level that their history suggests should be a natural backdrop for the club.”
“They have a mid-table place this season and are a more streamlined outfit these days.” “But they run a tight ship, no doubt influenced by owner Mike Ashley, who has perhaps applied some of the principles that brought him success in the business world.”
“They will be all the better for that after a period of unrest and a revolving door for managers.” “They look a stable club to me now and could make a serious bid to qualify for the top European competition next season.”
“Alan got away with his risky selection in Madeira by coming home with a draw from what almost amounted to his reserve side.” “It’s always a gamble when you don’t make wholesale changes and if they don’t work you are embarrassed and left with egg on your face.
“But you have to back your judgement and aim to select sides that are as fresh as you can get them.”
Ferguson himself is now operating under tighter financial controls at the Old Trafford club under the American owners – the Glazer family – who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football club.
The tighter financial controls are linked with the Financial Fair Play Rules (FFP) which are starting to come into effect for European football clubs.
Newcastle’s aim for the future is hopefully to build a side like Kevin Keegan built in the 1990s that can challenge Manchester United for the title.
But to do that we will have to rely heavily on Graham Carr and his scouting staff to spot top players who are still relatively unknown, because there’s no way Newcastle will pay out big transfer money for players anytime in the forseeable future.
Newcastle have done quite well in getting players like Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Dan Gosling and Gael Bigirimana all in for a total of around £17M for those top seven players – that’s very good business by Newcastle.
It’s clear that Graham Carr is important to Newcastle’s future, which is why he got a new eight year deal with Newcastle in June.
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