In his press conference yesterday Alan Pardew was asked about the Willie Donachie situation, and Willie will not be immediately replaced, since Alan has enough coaches to get by – and he mentioned that every player who has come to Newcastle has improved.
Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle made him into great player
And we’ve noticed that too, and in almost every case, players who come in become better players at Newcastle, and part of that is the Premier League being one of the highest standards of leagues in the football world.
This is what Alan said when asked about Willie Donachie:
“It was an unfortunate situation and out of the personality traits of Willie, who is a fantastic coach, and we’ve now had to lose him, and that’s a bit of a blow to us.”
“We have good coaches here and we like to think we put down the right foundations for success. All the players that have come here have improved and I can’t think of one that hasn’t and that’s the most important thing when you’re looking at your coaching strategy and we take that forward”
“We have people here who will probably carry the flag until the end of the season. Joe Joyce, Dave Watson, Peter Beardsley, Steve Stone and John Carver, and we have enough personnel here to deal with Willie’s loss – we wish him well and we hope he can get back in the game.”
Part of Newcastle’s strategy is to get young players in before they reach their peak and become expensive, and then they can become much better players on Tyneside – but you need (very) good coaches to do that.
A decent example of that is Yohan Cabaye ,who we got from Lille for just over £4M, and after 30 months he was one of France’s best players and of course we sold him for £20M to PSG last month.
That certainly helps the finances of the club, if not the actual team, and it also helps Newcastle to recruit players, because of examples like Yohan.
But we have to hope that Mike Ashley will spend the profits of the club in the future, and they are likely to be around £40M in this current financial year.
If Mike can do that, there’s no reason we couldn’t have a very good squad come September, but it will have to be a good transfer window for us to do that – and of course so much better than the last two.
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