Alan Pardew is still recovering from the shock of being handed an eight year deal on Thursday, for both him and his coaching staff, but one reason Alan has done so well at Newcastle in a fairly short time, is that he has bought right into Mike Ashley’s plan for how to make Newcastle great again.
Alan Pardew – long term Newcastle manager
When Freddy Shepherd became the Newcastle Chairman on December 1st 1997, we had six managers in the 10 years he was in charge of the club, until Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007.
Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce were the managers, and that didn’t change too much after Mike Ashley bought the club, even though Chairman Chris Mort at the time he came on board in August of 2007, said that the biggest thing Newcastle needed was stability and should stop changing their managers so much.
In the first two years under Mike Ashley we had Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton as managers – so things didn’t seem to change too much.
If we have things right, that’s 10 managers Newcastle had from the summer of 1997 through the summer of 2009 – how’s that for stability – and in five of those years there was just one manager – Bobby Robson – and he had lots of success of course.
So in the other five years we had 9 managers in charge of the club – unbelievable.
Gone these days are the huge transfer fees to bring top players to the club, and instead Graham Carr and his team have the remit to scout top players who may be under the radar screens in Europe, and who can be brought to Tyneside for small transfer fees, and of course free agents are also attractive to the new Newcastle.
Newcastle have also invested heavily in youth Development.
Alan was asked if he had asked for transfer money from the owner before he signed his new deal, and he had this to say:
“No, because I don’t think the model will change.” “I can’t see Mike changing a model he thinks works. I know the type of animal he is and if he thinks the model works, he’ll stick with it.”
“So our model is quite clear and we have to make sure that if we do lose a player that we bring in two who are better – and that’s not easy to do. We haven’t done a bad job of it so far. Somewhere along the line, we going to lose a big player here – it happens to all clubs, even Man United. So you need to be positive in how you react to that.”
“One of the problems they have had in the past is the uncertainty at board level.” “Sometimes in the past boards think you have a personal agenda or are not pulling solely for the club. That you have your own personal ambition before anything else. I think sometimes, when you are younger that does get in the way.”
“I wouldn’t say that hasn’t happened to myself. But I understand now what it takes to win a game of football, what it takes to run a club as manager. This gives me a great opportunity to do it at a club that is one of the best in the land.”
It’s a great opportunity for Alan Pardew at Newcastle,. and we think the model is more taken after the one at Everton with David Moyes than say Manchester United or Arsenal.
Everton stood by David when he had a couple of bad season when he first came in and only just avoided relegation in 2004 – when they finished 4th bottom were were still 6 points above 3rd bottom Leicester City.
That was the year Newcastle were 5th and that led to the sacking of Bobby Robson at Newcastle.
We think this is a very good thing for Newcastle, just as long as Alan Pardew’s ambition is not dimmed by the financial stability he had been given by the owner.
In short – we need a win this afternoon to start off Alan Pardew’s new reign on Tyneside.
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