Alan Pardew hs been interviewed with Gary Lineker for The Premier League Show and among other things he has talked about his four years at Newcastle.
Alan talks about how often the squad he had was unbalanced until he finally left the club at the end of 2014 and joined his former club Crystal Palace where has done OK and certainly has a lot more control than he ever had on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez and Alan Pardew at St. James’ Park in late April
This is what Alan said about his time at Newcastle:
“I kept nagging Ashley, kept telling him I thought the process was wrong. I made that very clear behind closed doors,”
“At times I had a very unbalanced team, very unbalanced squad.” “It’s very difficult to pick up results when you don’t think the players that are being signed for you fit what you want.”
“That makes it frustrating a little bit, and I was a bit frustrated at Newcastle.” “The financial element came first, then the technical side of it.”
“But the vision of the manager and how he wants to take the team forward, that must come first.”
“I like to think they’ve learned some lessons. I think Mike, at Sports Direct, has learned some lessons.”
“I think he’d be the first to say that – and he’s had to learn lessons on the football side.”
The way Newcastle was run when Alan was at the club just didn’t work with Graham Carr picking the players who would come in during the transfer windows.
That’s one reason Pardew often had an unbalanced squad – Graham picked the players he wanted and it had almost no bearing on what was required to improve the team.
Rafa knew all about that, which is why he wanted everything changed before he would sign on full time at the club and now he’s getting the freedom that Pardew was never given.
But when you are a world-class manager you can ensure that things are set up at a club so you can be successful there – and Pardew and McClaren never had the stature as managers to be able to do that.
After Alan left after a mediocre reign on Tyneside, Steve McClaren caem in and was a lot worse and was principally responsible for Newcastle being relegated last season.
Steve has the worst record of any manager at Newcastle in the Premier League and beyond.
But switching to more positive things – quickly – Rafa now has Newcastle United top of the Championship after we have won 11 of our last 13 games in all competitions.
Rafa has a good balanced squad in place with at least two top players in every single position and he has the lads playing some very good football.
He’s also improving a lot of the players at the club and they are becoming better players under Rafa’s coaching and general know-how.
Things are definitely on the up at Newcastle under the great Rafa Benitez.
He is not only building up a very good squad that can challenge in the Premier League – hopefully next season – but he is also rebuilding the club from top to bottom.
It’s what’s been needed for over ten years now and the combination of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United is a match made in heaven.
Howay The Lads!!