Since Joe Kinnear got the sack in February, it seems that with Alan Pardew talking more to Mike Ashley than he used to, the manager is building a good relationship with the Billionaire owner, and it seems they have a lot in common in the way they want Newcastle to play on the field.
Mike Ashley – growing rapport with Pardew?
And it’s certainly not like a Tony Pulis side or a Sam Allardyce side, that looks to defend and hold out for a 0-0 draw – well – that’s if they do well.
Instead, Mike Ashley wants to have an attacking Newcastle United side (that’s good), and the manager seems to be getting a lot of support from the owner to go out and get players who can have Newcastle playing on the front foot next season.
A little note here – they should also offer a new deal to an attacking player they already have who has huge creativity – Hatem Ben Arfa.
This is what Alan Pardew has said in the Chronicle today:
“He is very much aware. The one thing Mike likes in his teams is them to be on the front foot and trying to win the game.”
“I don’t think he likes tactics where teams set out to defend deep and look to nick something, it’s not the way he is. It’s not his style and it’s certainly not my style.”
“We have talked about that, so that bodes well.” “He knows we need some attacking options.”
It could be that the two men have more in common than they realized, and certainly Alan Pardew is very thankful to the owner for not booting him out of the club, after he embarrassed us all, and himself, with his stupid sideline antics at Hull City.
When he does come back on the touchline – if that’s what he elects to do rather than sitting in the Directors box and get a better view of the game – there can be no more of that stupid nonsense, because his career at Newcastle will then be over, and we think Pardew is well aware of that.
But in a rather strange way, this may all turn out for the good of Newcastle United, because it’s looking like the dependable, hard-working, respected if withdrawn Club Secretary Lee Charnley, could be the one who starts to handle all the transfer business on Tyneside.
And if that happens we think that would be a good appointment, because essentially Alan Pardew would look to Graham Carr and his team to scout players, and then they can all discuss which are their top targets, before Lee Charnley goes after doing the actual deals, probably with the assistance of Finance Director John Irving.
The transfer team would be Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley, John Irving, John Carver and they would take financial direction from Mike Ashley – like how much is available to spend in each transfer window.
And these guys all get on well already, and have worked together over the last three years or so, so there’s a decent chance we can have a really good transfer season this summer, with a well oiled team.
If Lee Charnley is appointed to that top executive position, Alan would then handle all the football affairs at the club – including who comes in and who goes out in each transfer market.
That would seem like a good move, and then Lee Charnley would handle all the financial side of things for Mike Ashley, with the help of John Irving.
That looks like a decent structure for getting things done – and getting some top players to the club this summer – what do you think?.
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