What goes on behind closed doors?

The heartbeat of the club
Running a football club isn’t quite as easy as you would think, and most people probably think that the only person with any real influence on the team is Alan Pardew.

I’m sorry to say if you think that then you are very far from the truth. The sheer workload and stress of managing a football club can’t all be put on one man – step forward Pardew’s close knit coaching squad.

Following Pardew’s appointment, one of his first moves was to appoint John Carver as Assistant Manager. John had proved he could do the business when he was Sir Bobby’s right hand man, so Pardew had great belief he could do it for him.

Basically as an Assistant Manager it is your job to try and reduce the workload of a manager and do any jobs he may ask of you, whilst being able to offer tactical advice. For example if Pardew had other matters to attend to or was away looking at potential signings, it would be John’s responsibility to look after and train the team until he returned. Assistant Manager is one of the most overlooked positions in football, and it is a thankless job, but one of the most vital to a successful team.

Steve Stone made very quick progress in terms of staff roles at the club. He started coaching Newcastle Academy then in 2010 he was promoted to reserve team coach. Finally, when Alan Pardew came in, he saw a lot of good work coming from Steve so decided to give him the role he deserved as first team coach. Like the assistant manager, Steve’s job is to make life easier for Alan, however he only focuses on the training and development of the first team.

The other three staff that day in day out keep the club running, are Peter Beardsley, Andy Woodman and Willie Donachie. Until yesterday the only one I had actually heard of was of course Pedro who had been doing a great job in charge of the reserves. Andy is our goalkeeping coach and has been for some time, and he has had a major impact on developing Tim Krul. Also Willie was recently appointed head of the Academy and has already made great strides there.

So next time you claim you could do a better job than Pardew, imagine how hard it would be to run a football club, never mind without any of these staff!

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110 thoughts on “What goes on behind closed doors?

  1. Spencer..are you talking from 3 fairytales or floors? 😆

    Give it a go then drag yourself back up the stairs to let us know how it went 😉

    Jay 😀

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  2. RICHIE ime with you this must be the worse sunday we have had for rumours 😥
    bring back craigcosy i say

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  3. RT-floors, then I reviewed the situation, which took up more of my boredem, then realised it probably wasnt a good idea. 😆

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  4. @77 to late, I did it, but my mahoosive schlong acted as a spring so it didnt hurt 😆

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  5. Funkyjesus-its attitude more than anything, plus he’s also missed a fair few sitters. If he hadn’t scored then I don’t think he’d be in the team. Speaking of which, if Carroll was fit he’d have had no chance..

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  6. hey what ever happened with the rumor of us being linked with hulk form porto. its been awhile since ive herd anything on him

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  7. RICHIE found this one on another blog 😉

    Dirk Kuyt to Newcastle! Staying in the Copthorne hotel in Newcastle, source from someone who works there

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  8. Hulk, good player, in fact one might say he’s incredible 😆

    Ice, I actually quite like Kuyt, more because the lad never stops grafting for the team.

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  9. richietoon
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    “Hulk, good player, in fact one might say he’s incredible”

    FFS 🙄 🙄 🙄

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  10. richietoon
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    “Hulk, good player, in fact one might say he’s incredible”

    FFS 🙄 🙄 🙄
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    I’ll second that sy 😆 😆

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  11. Been bored today too! Not even any Gran Prix this Sunday to numb my mind during this difficult time of post-season break…

    On the other hand I had the old Fifa 11 on today and added our 3 new transfers so far (and reluctantly transferred Nolan off to Wham). Gotta say it’s got me very very excited for the new season!!! 😆

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  12. There’s one thing for certain IMO , Pardew is not a manager as we know Wenger, Ferguson and Daglish are.

    They have the final say on players whereas I don’t believe for one second Pardew does.

    He’s a Coach in the European sense of the word.

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  13. Bobby it seems to work quite nicely for some of those european teams ❗
    Ya kna, like barca, Bayern, Lyon etc etc :mrgreen:

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  14. Apologies for 90, My onlt defence is boredom, I am now flaying myself within an inch of my life..ouch 😥

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  15. RICHIETOON

    Posted June 19, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Apologies for 90
    dont need to mate thought you were only aboot 85 like,hopefully it comes to us all 😆

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  16. Nice article.

    While I think most fans would be aware of this lot and roughly what they do it’s still good to acknowledge them as you’re correct that they tend to be forgotten at times.

    Toonsys correct we do have a far smaller training staff than many other clubs, even the mid table rabble around us. When Big Sam left and took his massive entourage with him we only got in the bare minimum and since then with changes in manager etc the numbers of training staff ave not realy grown that much.

    On our youth policy, it’s obviously a good thing and will help wiht future success. However, I agree that we should probably have a bigger staff if we are to develop these young lads into future first teamers ad quality players. It’s all well and good to sign them u young, but if you don;t improve them you’re wasting your time.

    I wander if we have a good enough team to develop players? To me it doesn;t seem like we have had in the past. Many good players have signed for the toon and then been flops or not developed into the players their potential showed. You don;t see these things happening as often at clubs like Man U who have quality staff.

    Also, on recent evidence of us getting rid of many of our youth players you’d have to argue that our recent development has not been good enough, though by recent I mean the past 5 years or so as most of the guys moved on were with us for a while.

    Time will tell if the recent young ‘stars’ of the ast 2 or so seasons will come good or be sold on the cheap to the championship etc.

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