One of the things that Alan Pardew and his staff found difficult to do last season, was get enough time on the training field with the squad, and that was because of the European games in midweek, and while our Premier League season was a disaster, we did well to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League last season – and we shouldn’t forget that one bright spot.
Alan Pardew – more hands on in training this season
Because we are not in Europe this season, the lads should be a lot more prepared for the Premier League games than last season, although of course if we are to become a top team again, then we have to be able to navigate the European games.
Certainly the great Bobby Robson was able to do that very successfully, when he managing at the club over ten years ago.
Alan Pardew sees himself more on the training field this coming season, and he has given new responsibilities to coach Steve Stone, as he had this to say in the Evening Chronicles today:
“I have decided this year to do more work on the training ground myself.” “Me and John Carver are sharing it now.”
“Stoney is focusing more on the development group, and making sure when they enter the first team that they are looked after.” “Our loan players too.”
“Steve’s in charge of Adam, Sammy, Dummett, Jak and Haris and making sure when players come from development to the first team they are looked after.”
“If we loan them out, we have to make sure they are being looked after as well.” “When they are not featuring for the first team, they need to be looked after.”
“His role has changed a little bit.” “I think that will work well.”
There’s no doubt the Newcastle squad are working very hard in Portugal, maybe too hard, and we were taken apart in the first 26 minutes at Rio Ave on Saturday night, and we face an even stronger test tonight against Pacos de Ferreira, at the Estadio da Capital do Movel.
Pacos de Ferreira finished third in the Primeira last season, three places and 12 points above Rio Ave, and they will also be in good shape right now, because they are in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League next month.
It’s going to be another tough game tonight, but we hope to see Fabricio Coloccini, Ben Arfa and Mathieu Debuchy in the starting line-up, and that should help – we hope that should help.
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