It has been revealed today in an interview in the Evening Chronicle that Alan Pardew studied Jose Mourinho’s methods when he was at Chelsea, and the Newcastle manager says he learned a lot from the manager who was mentored at Barcelona by the great Bobby Robson.
Bobby Robson and Mourinho at Barcelona – 1997
Pardew still keeps in touch with the special one – and he now gets text messages from Jose, and he keeps in touch with the Real Madrid manager.
This is what Alan told the Chronicle this morning:
“I used to watch Chelsea regularly because it was on my doorstep.” “It was when Jose Mourinho was there. There were things that I was seeing that I hadn’t seen in English football before.”
“Some of the managerial traits that he was bringing I’ve learned from.” “And I can’t help but say I’ve nicked a few of them.” “The big managers that I’ve come across and been lucky enough to deal with have influenced me too.”
“The impact of the foreign managers can’t be lost on my education. Arsene Wenger is another.” “There are a few people who have influenced me throughout my career – Steve Coppell for sure.”
“Unfortunately Jose is not in the country at the moment, but hopefully he will be coming back here soon.” “Pep will be, too. And then we really will have the best coaches in the world.”
“That’s the one beauty about this country – we’ve had a melting pot of the best coaches. That’s why it is the best league in the world.”
When Bobby took over at Newcastle in 1999 he tried to get an unknown coach named Jose Mourinho to join him as the Assistant manager, after he had been with Bobby at Barcelona, but Jose had visions of becoming a full-time manager himself and turned down the offer.
But Bobby had also been impressed with one of the coaches already at Newcastle – a young John Carver – and Bobby was happy to appoint Carver as his Assistant Manager, and of course the two of them steered Newcastle to the Champions League in Bobby’s last two seasons as manager.
And John is now doing a great job as backup to Alan Pardew.
Newcastle have an excellent coaching staff at the club right now – and long may that continue, because we need to get back into that Champions League – and we can do it too.
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