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New Coach For Newcastle – Ashley To Fund New Players

9:31 am, Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

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.

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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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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Interesting if true.

    I honestly feel come season end the review will conclude that everyone needs to shoulder some blame. I would admire the approach that people deserve another chance, but at the same time addressing some areas of our set up.

    A step in the direction of progress without radical changes.

  • 2 BigKirky // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Even if a new coach comes in though, surely the final say is always Alan’s. So if he says sit back and defend for half an hour then if they brought say an attacking coach in, he would be a bit useless as the players wouldn’t try and be positive in case they upset Alan’s ‘tactics’ and thus lose their place in the side (his undroppable players excluded of course ;-))

  • 3 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    This is great to hear… hopefully its not one of their lazy jorno’s on here picking up our nonsense… :) Be good though if we got someone French in to work with the guys on shape and tactics… Pardew has many talents but technical training – I am not so sure… Id say its gonna be a busy summer for everyone at the club… 9 out and I would say 7 in….

  • 4 WWYCD // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Coaches?! Signing coaches? What the hell are we a PL club?!

    Tbf there’s been former players talking about coaching roles with Newcastle so I doubt this is a new idea not sure why we have to wait to bring someone in though

  • 5 BigKirky // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    But a new coach could hopefully make some sort of improvement you’d like to think.

  • 6 mattyNUFC // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    so MA asked for the review? It wasn’t glaringly obvious to Pardew and co?

    What good would a new couch do when this guy is as stubborn about his archaic ways as he is

  • 7 lesh // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Ibiza. My feeling is that a root and branch is inevitable and if Padrew survives it (as he surely will), then he’ll be in the last chance saloon. There’s only so much responsibility that can be placed on others’ shoulders and there must come the time that Pardew must carry the can for the team’s failings.

  • 8 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I must say, Douglas knows an awful lot about what MA wants, despite him never speaking to the press….
    But I found the read very, very interesting and the additional coach is something I’ve asked for since the start of the European campaign.
    A manager and three main coaches is not enough when you’re handling 25+ player and juggling 2 domestic cups, a european cup and the PL.
    And when Carver, Pardew and Stoney have all tried to sort our set pieces, you know you need an extra hand for that as well.

  • 9 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM
    never thought our passing percentage was this good forget about possession

  • 10 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Plus maybe the three stooges will actually start training and working rather than playing darts and cooking challenges… I mean WTF!!??!! Its good to have a laugh but its clearly not working… no one smiles when we lose…

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Lesh…I agree with that. As I have been debating on here, I think the board will take a view that they have a cheap and somewhat limited manager (and that will be by choice) who they did not equip to deal with this seasons tasks.

    I think they will make some changes to give him another chance, but will be watching closely and will look for an improvement. This will of course again be done on a budget.

    At the end of the day, whether Pardews fault or not, he will be used as the scapegoat by Ashley.

  • 12 Mr Funk // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    So after yesterdays game between Bayern and Barca i have a couple of questions:

    1. Would you like Newcastle to play like Bayern or Barca?

    2. What is most likely – Newcastle playing like Bayern ot Newcastle playing like Barca?

  • 13 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    You mean they should never be having fun and bond a bit with eachother and partly with the fans if the season goes awry?
    Don’t be daft mate.
    If you can’t laugh, how can you stay alive?

  • 14 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Are you sure he’s not talking about the team bus?

    Not sure I can face another season of Pardew.

  • 15 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    @Mr Funk
    I sincerely hope we adopt the Bayern philosophy.
    Basing your game play on one player is a death sentence.
    What happened when Messi only could stroll around out there?
    That would never happen to Bayern if you took Mueller or Gomez out of their team.
    I like discipline and organisation. Bayern play some excellent football with those basis.

  • 16 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Funk…Bayern and Bayern. I think it’s actually the preferable style. The Barca movement and passing is exceptional, but it’s extremely one dimensional and they don’t seem to have a response when it’s not working.

    Having watched the game last night, Bayern were fantastic, but have a tendency to be dirty little b*st*rds too. Overall, they thoroughly deserved the win, by what margin is debatable, worthy winners though.

  • 17 lesh // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Of course there’d be budgetary constraints Ibiza but I can’t see Ashley scrimping too much on this one. It’s his reputation and plaything at stake next season and I believe that any new coach will be a potential successor to Pardew if things don’t work out too well. For sure, Ashley’s no fool and he won’t be taken for one!

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Lesh…I’m not dissing the sensible budget approach, truth be told the players we’ve acquired for the money we’ve spent is exceptional and long may it continue.

    I imagine it will be more of the same, but maybe relaxed a little given the extra TV monies coming in.

    We have heard about Pardew being moved up in some capacity and that may well be true. It would be smart to have this coach as a potential replacement, in fact it would be a wonderful move.

  • 19 Moe // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    All those who are voicing for Pardew’s sacking .. Where were you around this time last year?

    Take AP install a different manager, Nothing is going to change. The problem is much deeper than the manager. The club needs basis for success. A long term strategy that Ed was talking about. We need a clear and successful philosophy that start from young academy boys. Barca, Man U, Bayern have clear strategies that seemed work for them, We don’t as simple as that.

    Once the club focuses on long term then we can step up and achieve success much like Spurs competing for CL spots every year and Dortmund in Germany and European stage.

  • 20 WWYCD // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    U can’t see Ashley scrimping on something? U may need to borrow my glasses then bud

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    From previous thread,I think you’re confusing success with climbing the Forbes rich list and amassing a fortune with climbing the PL and amassing silverware.

  • 22 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    @Dannyo – I see what youre saying but there needs to be a time and a place… its like the back staores at a Sports Direct Warehouse… we need to get serious at our club… we need to start thinking of oursleves as a top 6 club again and a professional attitude is the best way… plus new players, new coaches, new owner (possibly not) thus a new attitude… :)

  • 23 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Ibiza – You mean Pardew as Director of Football?

  • 24 BigKirky // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    One of the keys for Bayern last night was their confidence and positive approach.

    They didn’t have a ‘fear’ element and pressed and closed down then attacked with more than just one or two going forward. In a similar way to Sunderland pressing and closing us down all game and we suffered. Barca usually do the same thing.

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    ichrisho…No idea, I guess that is what the rumour is suggesting.

    At your post 21…Do you mean basically changing everyone and everything? :)

  • 26 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    DL has said time and time again, despite the TV money and the clubs biggest commercial deal ever being announced at the end of the season, they will not waver from their current transfer policy.

  • 27 danuneek // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    If you watch Ferguson at Manu, he sets up his team differently for each game. He’ll switch personnel, tactics and formations to combat the opposition. I don’t get this impression with Pardew, if he wins a game he’ll simply use the same formula for the next game, regardless of who it is.

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Kirky…I agree, except I think Barca did a decent job of chasing players down when not in possession, especially in the Bayern half. It’s not like they gave them loads of time on the ball imo.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Would peopæe be opposed to some sort of director of football or Sporting director as they are called on the continent?

    …I know the Wise experience leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but we did everything wrong when we appointed him.

    Maybe if ut was made clear that whoever was appointed should have experience in the field, be a former footballer of course and work under the manager not above or against.

    I really think there is a lack of communication at the club and Pardew has far to much to deal with.

    I use to be against such approach because of all the bad excamples – but maybe it is just what we need?

  • 30 lesh // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    But the big question is, who would the new coach be and what sort of upstairs role for Parrdew. Director of Football would conflict with Carr’s role so what could there be for him?

    On a lighter note………. A food artist has come up with something football fans might want to sink their teeth into – a pizza with the face of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on it.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ashley isn’t stupid. Isn’t it glaringly obvious that Pardew’s shortcomings have been found out second season as per.

    The stupid 8 year contract is totally at odds with Ashley’s other highly successful business dealings with Sports Direct etc.

    What’s the chances we ‘ll get another lame English coach rather than a Pochettino type.

    And all the technical drills in the world won’t stop Pardew going defensive and playing his favourites out of position over people in form.

    Better than nothing I suppose depending on who it is but really Pardew won’t change his spots or his mediocre CV record and a new broom is needed.

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Is anyone else having problems trying to read articles.
    Just happened in the last couple of days.

    Click on feature and get a bloody ad popping up for all kinds of crap.

    Takes two or three goes before I can read fellow bloggers thoughts or post

  • 33 JARRAMAG // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    JARRAMAG // Apr 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Two things i would like to comment on

    1)Ashley is not interested in making NUFC successful but remaining in the premiership.Does anyone really think he would have brought in 5 players in Jan if we had of been mid table?off course not.By just remaining in the premier will recoup all of his money with interest.If he sacks Pardue who would take this job knowing that his paymasters are 2 men who wouldnt provide funds to help a threadbare squad in the summer and left him to face the flak.

    2)On the Pardue issue these are my humble opinions

    We should have sacked him during our losing steak earlier in the season.
    His set piece failures show him to be pigheaded and unable to fix problems(over 300 corners without scoring should be enough to get him the sack alone)
    His secret weapon is Ameobi(enough said
    His love child Jonas (enough said
    His substitutions(Reading as an example anyone
    Playing Cisse right wing
    Jonas left back

    I could go on and on

    I just hope the football gods are with us because i have no faith in Pardue at all(any half decent manager with the squad we have would have had us top 8 and thats with all our injuries

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Does anyone know if Elliot is fit for Saturday.
    Heard a rumour that he is doubtful with a ankle injury

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Where has any reports suggested Mike Alley will fund more players this summer,we’re all on tenterhooks wondering what masterstroke of idiocy he’ll pull this time round,noticed Dekka has been quiet of late.

  • 36 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    For me the challenges and such on nufcTV are one of the few things that ties me into the club more than perhaps possible.
    I live far away, only attended one game, so for me, this is firstly excellent behind the scene stuff.
    Watching the banter and such ties me up further to the club.
    Also, they’ve been a small light in an abysmal season.
    Being proffesional doesn’t mean you can’t have banter.

  • 37 Dannyo // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    That rumour was against WBA, he’s good to go against Liverpool.

  • 38 BigKirky // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Ibiza, yeah they did, but not quite as effective as Barca usually are. I like to watch ‘em most weekends. Bayern seemed stronger and more physical, was a great sight to watch confidence in full flow.

    Wish we’d have the same positivity to our 90 minutes.

  • 39 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Ibiza – emmmm well yeah…. maybe leave some of the players.. :) No no… I mean add to the folk we have…. We need to have a more serious approach to what we do… Training seems like a laugh everyday – It shouldnt be… When do Newcatsle United become a serious football club and not a flash in the pan team – Great one year – awful the next… we need consistency and that only comes with a professional attitide…

    On that note:
    Ben Arfa is getting my goat lately – he has put on about 10 stone by the look of it and he has done NOTHING since he has come back in…

  • 40 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Jesper…As with any set up, it’s all about the personnel and them working together for the greater good. If it’s done properly I can imagine it working perfectly.

    Lesh…A bit above me tbh. It can work, but roles would need to be clearly defined and communication would be vitally important. Can’t afford to have bickering at the top level.

    Charlie…I use an ad blocker, but a fair few on here seem to be having the same problem. if you’re on a computer, just get an ad blocker, not sure you can with a mobile.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Charlie…what device do you use when you visit the blog: ipad, smartphone or laptop?

    and what browser? (try an adblocker)

  • 42 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    @Charlie – Said that this moriing too… the site is hacked or has a redirection on it via Spyware.. or malware… Ed needs to get on it… although it may just be misplaced links to adverts… and we are inadvertently clicking them…

  • 43 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    ichrisho…Aye, Benny does look a tad heavy. Possibly why he isn’t starting games.

    I think the overall approach needs to be a professional one, as this is their profession. I don’t object to the activities etc, it’s standard to have team building etc, but when you’re working…work (he says at work whilst talking on a NUFC blog…).

    Kirky…Their confidence and belief was superb, completely opposite story for Barca, which you are right, is unusual for them.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Ibiza…we do seem to be stretch at coaching level and Pardew seems to be overloaded (maybe that is one of the reasons for our short comings?)

    …but I am old fashioned and if a sporting director was appointed I would want it to be clear that the manager runs the show – no one else! It’s a one man dictatorship not a oligarchy ;) lol

  • 45 ichrisho // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Yeah I dont object to them having a laugh and team building – that is as important as training… BUT there does seem to be a defined difference between what is being trained into our team and others… where is our tactics for when we are winning?, Tactics for Corners and Throw-ins even, Tactics for keeping possession, and why oh why is Sissoko playing as a Number 10..???

    Thats it I am going to apply for that coach role :)

  • 46 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    I use a Desktop computer click on NUFC Blog when having a tea break. Give it a try.

    Just – I know some-one at the club and they got a text Saturday night – can’t say who

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Jesper…Old fashioned or just old? Sorry :)

    I agree with that completely. Clarity and defined roles and it could work well. We shall see.

    Ichrisho..Be honest about it, you just hate to see people happy ;) What’s your CV like?

  • 48 Bambams // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    This is Ashley’s way of moving Pards to Director of Football , bringing in a new coach and in the same way not lose face after giving him a long contract.

    Pards will come out with ‘ I am over the moon with this move its something that I wanted and was part of the plan’

    The big question is WHO….

  • 49 tooninspain // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Trash……I can think of one “masterstroke of idiocy” Ashley could make……appointing you as the new coach.

  • 50 wattos // Apr 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Any new coach at Newcastle needs to focus on movement off the ball both when we have possession and closing down space when the opposition have the ball (as Bayern did so well last night). Also a coach with healing hands would be useful as the number of injuries we have had this year (and in recent seasons) has been ridiculous. looking at the stats on only 3 players have managed more than 30 Prem games this season and only 6 players have managed more than 20. Compare this to Liverpool (good comparison as also played in Europa League and would have similar squad rotation) and they have had 10 players in their squad play 20 or more Prem games.

  • 51 oldbobaycliffe // Apr 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    last year we finished 5th this year we hope to finish 16th at £800,000 a position that means our revenue will be £9000000 down on last year so i dont know where this idea that ashley will lash out with the money comes from. if we get a new coach i hope he has the guts to tell pardew to stop putting square pegs in round holes stop dropping a full back to play guti and let sissoko play in the position he is used to would be a start

  • 52 nufcusa // Apr 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    This is only good news if it is a coach with a solid background and premier league reputation. If Moyes leaves Everton, then Steve Round may be available. He would be superb.

    It’s a pointless appointment if its a gazza or asprilla style jobs for boys appointment.

  • 53 toonluvva // Apr 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I keep asking myself the same questions about a new coach at Newcastle.

    How will it improve things for the team when:-

    1. Pardew is charge of team selection and formation (I.e. Ameobi, Tiote, Jonas etc)

    2. Pardew decides on tactics. Negative as usual.

    3. Pardew decides who is being substituted and who is replacing them. i.e. Reading

    All above seems to suggest making a wholesale change of our staff starting with Pardew.

  • 54 ASTORIA // Apr 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Jail – Dressing up in a gimp mask and bondage gear and walking into the Blue Oyster bar is too good for Llambias.

  • 55 karasu // Apr 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Man, I thought by “coach”, they meant “manager”. ( ._.)

  • 56 matias // Apr 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Exactly what we need. Pardew has already proved he`s a capable manager (last season). What we need is continuity and more expertise.

  • 57 Krul to be Kind // Apr 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM


    Dabizas, that brought a smile to my face… not much of a player but played the game hard as nails, a guilty favourite of mine!

    On the earlier debate Albert is the best centre half we ever had, the guy screamed porn star with that tache and boy could he play football, delicate touch good vision, leader but most of all he too was hard as nails!

    Anyone else old enough to remember him emptying Razor Ruddock in his first season with us because the team wound him up in the changing rooms that Razor was harder than him, so he just went and done him good and proper to make a point… I read that at the time and so hoped it to be true, very befitting for Albert!

    I think I remember the tackle vaguely!

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