Stability can be the recipe for Toon success

When Alan Pardew was appointed back in 2010, few would have predicted that he would secure a top five finish, Europa League football and a create a winning mentality at Newcastle United. Now, after signing a mammoth EIGHT-year contract – the foundation has been set for Pardew to achieve long-term success.

Stability can be the recipe for Toon success

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October 10th, 2012

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We’ve had a steady start to the new season with just two defeats in the league away at Chelsea and at home to Manchester United. The top players are slowly returning to form and in Demba Ba, we have the league’s top scorer. As far as Europe is concerned, the 3-0 victory over Bordeaux last week took us to the top of Group D.

However, I feel that in the early season, there is more to smile about off the pitch than on it. Mike Ashley has set about putting certain foundations in place which guarantee that he won’t sell anytime soon and bring much needed stability to Newcastle United.

The big clubs have shown that success comes from thinking long-term and putting the right structure in place. For us, finishing fifth last season was a superb achievement but perhaps a season early. Despite this, the good work began in the summer when chief scout Graham Carr, founder of gems like Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse was given an eight-year deal to find more diamonds.

The latest long-term deals for Pardew, along with coaches John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman mean that the structure is in place to think big. Newcastle may struggle to keep their top players, but the solid foundations will remain and be built upon for the next eight years.

Before Pardew arrived on Tyneside, Newcastle had nine different managers in-charge over a period of six years. The pattern of appointment, failure and sacking was all too familiar under the regime of Freddie Shepherd, and certainly the early days of Mike Ashley’s era. In Pardew, the Toon hierarchy have found a friend and someone whose passion for the game is second to none.

News of new contracts for the management was followed by another boost – with the club signing a four-year shirt and stadium sponsorship deal with payday lender Wonga. The deal divided opinion among fans until Wonga decided to name the stadium St James’ Park again. It brought a smile to my face and investment that will allow our club to jump another hurdle.

These decisions are important because they not only provide fans with assurances as to the future of their club – but can also be the difference in bringing new players to the Toon. The goals have been set and the core team is in place to achieve success. No matter what happens in the next eight years, there is belief and confidence that a trophy will be one of those achievements. There will be plenty of effort on the pitch and with the backdrop of stability, here’s hoping we’ve finally found the recipe for success.


Howay The Lads!

Umar Farooq, Editor –

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