Newcastle Have Good Coaching Staff – And There’s Proof

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.

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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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19 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear. This article is going to make some people have a hissy fit!

  • sparky55

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure if Ed makes up these Pardew quotes just to get a reaction from us or whether Pardew has decided to take on the JFK mantle of talking absolute bollox now there’s no-one else at the club to do it…but some of things Pardew is alleged to have said are absolutely mind boggling.

    maybe when they got back to the training ground after being humped by Chelsea at the weekend he asked some old duffer to put the chelsea game on and they played the one where we one 2-nowt…cos from the extended sky highlights I’ve seen I just don’t get where he’s coming from.

    Anyone else scratching their heads in sheer gobsmackedness

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    and of the super talent who have gone backwards there appears to be a few more of these dispelling pardews upbeat drivvel

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    We didn’t have Tiote for chelsea. He’s such a vital player in our midfield. Without him, the rest of our midfield plays with practically zero confidence.

    After Cabaye, he’s our most important player. Even Cabaye looked half the player without Tiote beside him. Tiote’s presence is felt througout the team.

    Evidence from the game against Liverpool. He was practically on a one man mission and nothing got pass him.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5


    As soon as I read the line about everyone improving i thought the same….take cover.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6


    i thought given our players missing, remy, gouff, tiote and colo from the first team we did alright.

    Seeing as their 3rd goal was totally avoidable and we had two very very good chances with sissoko and marv we should have scored really and possibly got a 2-2. Granted we could have let another 2 in and lost 5-0 but we were in the game.

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Our exciting coaching staff lol

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Possibly one of the most laughable of all Pardew statements…. So laughable, I’m not even going to bother today.

  • sparky55

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #9

    transfer…just goes to show how subjective opinion can be…I saw it very differently to that…you’re a good egg so I’m not going to argue the point but in my opinion we looked out of our depth from the get go.

    Anyway…Is Pardew the new nufc village idiot or am I over-reacting again?

  • cyprus

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Good coaching staff, yes. Especially for set pieces. Examples of players who have improved since they came here include Cisse, HBA, Shola and… Obertan 🙂
    Anyway, seriously, some have improved. Don’t know if it’s down to the coaches though:
    Are our players not good enough to kick on or at least to play like Swansea or Southampton (not to mention the big ones) can? Or is it the coaching? I’m not sure if I’m honest.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #11

    what do you mean new sparky

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #12


    I think we were out classed but we played chelsea, there hattrick hero cost more than our team, it’s difficult to compete even with our best team if they are on top form.

    I just think we did better and should have had 2 goals if we finished chances properly.

  • martoon

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    TS @6 – I saw the game similar to you. The difference between the teams was quality finishing. We fluffed our chances and their £32m man took theirs but that’s what you pay for I guess.

  • firebug666

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I thought we were easily outmatched v Chelsea, but I agree with TS, we had two very good chances to score, but failed to finish, story of our season since November really, on Topic: AP must be living on a different plane of existence to the rest of us. I done see where any of our players have improved. I agree with most people on here in that we seem to be going backwards.

    If all of our players have improved, where is Cisse’s 30 goals for this season, why has Marveaux not got a regular number 10 spot, why has HBA stopped taking on defenders and scoring goals etc., etc.

    Sorry I just cannot see the improvements Pards is blabbing on about.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed keeps leading the clarion call for mikey to spend all the money he’s been accumulating. I’m worried you’re getting hung up on it, Ed. Leave it. Chill. See what happens. Anyway, lets hope he “invests” it prudently when the time is right rather than “spends” it in the summer simply for the sake of it.

    I’m not convinced we improve players, but if mikey is going to invest £8m in ldj (the reported fee) our coaching staff have got their work cut out to get him anywhere near that valuation. Lets hope your confidence in their ability is well placed Ed.

    I’m keen to see whether young Armstrong lives up to the hype. A cost nothing new wayne rooney.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16


    I agree. As for many of the rest, who have gone on loan because they’re either making no progress or going backwards, lets hope the coaching staff of other clubs can improve them.

  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Fine but Ashley’s got to look again at the Arsenal model he seems to think so much of.

    They strive to win things and what’s more, only sell good players when they’ve got replacements in that are as good as if not better! Thus profiting from prize money as well as fees.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    I think you could argue that we have the worst coaching staff in the PL. Players like Sa Ameobi and Dummett are improving simply because they are maturing. Most of the players we sign tread water or go backwards once they get here. And our youth programme and recruiting, in terms of successfully identifying and developing young local talent from around the region (and country in general), is pathetic, to be brutally honest. For some reason we cannot attract quality coaches and support staff. Perhaps it’s simply related to the (many) shortcomings of (all) the managers we seem to employ, and the trickle down effect that must have.

  • toonbrother

    Feb 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    This must be an early april fools headline. Either that on the editorial staff of this blog has been doing hard drugs. We made Cabaye into a great player? lol. Cocaine is a helluva drug


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