Interesting news in the Newcastle Journal today, that manager Alan Pardew will add to his backroom staff in the summer, and will bring in another coach.
Alan Pardew – tough season for manager and Newcastle
At the moment Alan has John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman (goalkeeping coach) as the first team coaches, with Willie Donachie responsible for the Reserves and Peter Beardsley as the Football Development Manager.
But let’s face it, this season in the Premier League has been simply awful, but Pardew and the coaches will conduct a through review of what happened and why things went so wrong, in an effort to learn from their mistakes – and hopefully we can have another stellar season next term in the league.
It even sounds like Mike Ashley may have asked for the review.
And the owner is willing to fund more players coming into the club this summer, as he did last January, when he brought in five very good French players for around £18M.
Mike Ashley wants Newcastle In Europe every season, that’s becoming clear, but he also wants to know what went wrong this season – and it seems he also wants to know so he and Derek LLambias can also learn from what’s gone wrong.
Of course they already know they made a huge mistake by not having a good enough or big enough squad for Europe – and we have paid heavily for that error – but there are also other things we didn’t do right.
And if we do bring in a new coach, maybe he has a PhD in set-plays as a requirement – because that’s something we’ve been comically hopeless at this season – just hopeless.
But as we had reported – there is going to be a huge overhaul of the squad in the summer, in an effort to further improve the team so we can challenge again for a top six position next season.
This all sounds very good – but first things first – and we have to secure our place in the Premier League for next season – and that’s the major aim now.
And certainly a win against Liverpool is just what the doctor ordered on Saturday – that would be a huge win for us.
But we have to – and we will – do much better next season, otherwise Alan Pardew is in big trouble – and we’re sure he will be told that too.
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