Alan Pardew has turned out to be almost the perfect manager and personality to follow on from the great job Chris Hughton did on Tyneside, and lead Newcastle forward and hopefully back to greatness again, and after Alan’s first two years at the club, we think he has the determination, will, desire and ability to do just that.
Alan Pardew - doing very good job on Tyneside
And the strategy Mike Ashley laid out in January of 2008, a short six months after buying the club, seems to be starting to pay some big dividends for us, and although the days of Newcastle spending big money on transfer fees and wages is over , we can still build a side than can eventually compete with the Manchester United’s of this world.
That’s what Alan is trying to do, and it will take time, because we cannot go out and buy a team in one transfer window as Roman Abramovich did in the summer of 2003, after buying Chelsea.
And in fact with the new Financial Fair Play rules, that sort of thing will not be allowed in the future – thank goodness for that.
Alan talked today in the Sunday Sun, and it’s all about finding potential in young players:
“I think the key to succeeding in terms of finding talent is seeing potential. Santon is an example of someone with potential not a lot of clubs were looking at.” “He’d had this amazing start and then a really difficult time at Inter Milan and an injury that set him back.”
“So he kind of went under the radar and they are the ones that really you need to find. Hatem Ben Arfa is another – again clubs weren’t queuing up to take Hatem.” “That’s where you’ve got to be clever and Graham Carr has done a great job in finding one or two of those.”
“And then it’s about coming into an environment where we grow them and look after our players. But we’re not the only club who do that. Liverpool, I think, will go down that road – and a lot of PL clubs will go down that road.” “The competition is already fiercer. We found that in the last window.”
“We had more competition with some of the players we went for. We’re going to find that – and it’s about us evolving as well. We have to evolve. We ain’t going to get a free run at those players any more.”
Newcastle have done surprisingly well over the last three season, since getting promoted from the Championship at our first attempt, but we have to move forward and continue to improve as a side, and we know that’s the path Alan Pardew is on for Newcastle.
When you consider we have brought in Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Gael Bigirimana, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan, Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson and Danny Simpson for a total of around £27M over the last two and a half years, 10 top players at an average of just over 3M – that’s good business in anybody’s book.
Bear in mind that Chelsea brought in one player in the summer – Eden Hazard from Lille – for more than we got those 10 players for – reported to be £33M – so you see what we’re talking about.
Alan has done very well so far, and we could even see Newcastle beat Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, for the first time in 18 years – and that would be progress.
That’s if we can do that this afternoon of course.
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