It’s clear when Mike Ashley gave Alan Pardew and his coaches those eight year deals - he wanted some stability at the club, on which to build a successful side.
Alan Pardew - I’m here for the long run
And while Newcastle over-performed last season we’ve under-performed this season big time, but with a bit of luck, we could even finish in 10th place if we can beat Arsenal on Sunday.
And with so many Frenchmen at the club – we have 10 in the first team squad, it’s going to be important that they all start to speak English well – and that’s a directive coming from manager Alan Pardew for the summer.
This is what Alan said in the Telegraph today:
“Most of the French boys have picked up English pretty well,” “We don’t have them in the dressing room now. The message has got home a bit better.”
“Next year, they need to understand English more, particularly when dealing with the media, so they can give the right image of themselves and the club.”
“Sometimes you need to have the faith, not just the owner, but supporters as well, to give you the benefit of the doubt when you’ve made mistakes.”
“They have to have the faith that you can put things right. I think I’ve proved since I’ve been here that I can reach the heights, and I’ve got to reach them again. Next year will be very important for me and the football club, but I see myself here for the long run.”
Alan Pardew has given up on the translators Newcastle employed when the five Frenchmen arrived in January, since most of the players could speak very little English.
And it’s not surprising that Alan sees himself at Newcastle for the long haul, with an eight year deal, but next season, as Alan says, is very important for Newcastle and for himself, and we’re sure Mike Ashley is expecting a season as good as last season – when we finished in 5th place.
If Alan can do that and we can somehow qualify for Europe again – we must get it right the next time – and have a big enough squad.
We don’t ever want to see a repeat of this season.
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