When Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, he wanted Newcastle to be based on the Arsenal model, who even at that time were the best run club in the land, under long term manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsene Wenger - Newcastle based on the Arsenal model
And Newcastle now are perhaps reaping the benefits of having made some stellar signings over the last few years, thanks in the main to the scouting abilities of our Chief Scout Graham Carr,
Players like Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Mathieu Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and others have been signed for reasonable fees, and they are now top players at the club.
And Newcastle are now high up on the league table as we were two years ago at this time, and as we were in the last three seasons when the great Bobby Robson managed the club.
This is what Alan Pardew told the press today:
“I’ve enjoyed it.” “Newcastle United is a bit of a roller coaster but there’s been more ups than downs. I’m very pleased with the progress this club has made.”
“Hopefully we can keep ourselves in the top eight for the next three or four years. That’s the objective.” “We’re playing on the front foot and trying to take the game to the opposition, whoever we face.” ”We play a nice brand of football.”
“Things change quickly,” “You mustn’t get carried away but I think longevity is important. I really do. It’s difficult for managers to get any longevity now, though, as that loyalty is not there any more. The game needs to look at it.”
“It’s important to have the same managerial voice in the dressing room,” “A training ground is like a living and breathing animal. You need to understand how it works so you can make changes when it’s not working.”
“You need to have time to be allowed to do that but, sometimes, if it’s not working out over a little period, you can lose your job.”
“Clubs can learn from Arsenal. What a job Arsene Wenger has done there. I really hope he wins the Champions League this year. He deserves it.”
Newcastle struggled last season and just avoided being relegated, and that was largely because our squad just wasn’t big enough to compete in the Europa League.
But the lads have come storming back this season, and after 18 league games are 3 points better off than we were two years ago, and even one point better off than we were in Bobby Robson’s last season ten years ago.
It’s going to be a difficult game tomorrow, but if we can take anything out of this game, it will be another excellent result for the Magpies.
Howay The Lads!!
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