Peter Beardsley looks set be rewarded for his loyalty by being offered a new long-term deal at Newcastle. This is all part of Mike Ashley’s ‘long-term’ vision for Newcastle apparently, although I would suggest something different, and will do a bit later on in this article.
Apparently, Ashley has been impressed with Pedro since he returned to the coaching setup and is entrusting him with developing the reserve team squad for the next five years.
That may or may not be true, but I think Beardsley has got himself into a position now where he is one of Ashley’s men and will be treat with suitable loyalty from our illustrious owner. Mind you, a lot of people thought the same about Chris Hughton, and look what happened there! Anyway, regardless of my thoughts, it is another name that is tied down for the long term, something which appears to be a recurring theme at St James’ Park at this current moment. Could there be some stability on the horizon?
I’d like to think so, but with precious little evidence of that under Ashley, in fact in my entire lifetime as a Newcastle fan in fairness, I remain slightly sceptical that there could be a long term plan in place. It’s something I’m not used to seeing, so forgive me for being afraid of the unknown.
The closest we have come to stability in recent time has to be when Chris Hughton was in charge, but even then there was a lot of stuff going on that threatened to rock the boat, whether that be players scrapping with each other or rumours of sackings, the true path of Newcastle United vary rarely runs smooth. Hughton smoothed it a little with his pragmatic approach to the press, but deep down there was always something that was going to happen at some point. It’s the Newcastle way.
Keeping Beardsley tied down does at least give us some local recognition on the coaching staff, along with Steve Stone of course. My view on Pedro as a coach is that there can be nobody better to teach a player than one of the most technically gifted English players of all time. The fact he is a Geordie is a nice bonus, but it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
Hopefully it works out for Pedro and the club, and hopefully Pedro learns the trade with one eye on the managers job, whether that be at St James’ Park or somewhere else. He is one of my all-time favourite players, so I natually want to see him do well. If he can do that at Newcastle then all the better!
Howay Pedro, get signed up man.