Alan Pardew has been giving people an insight into the coaching and player analysis setup at Newcastle, which apparently includes a £3k per player GPS system to monitor training.
“I have changed a lot of analytical stuff. I brought in two new analysts who put together reports about how our defence, our midfield and our attack are doing. They look at how our opposition are doing, plus our scouting.
“We have four analysts now and we only had two. We have John Carver here, whose brief is to ensure he keeps on top of our attacking side of things. I concentrate on the defence and the organisation of the team.
“That, in a nutshell, is the changes I have made. I’ve also used some of the stats that we get more than perhaps this club did in the past.“
It seems like quite a technical setup with all these analysts and is perhaps reminiscent of Sam Allardyce’s own ‘technical approach’, although perhaps without the sheer number of back-room staff that Big Sam seemed to favour.
Pardew then goes on to explain that he is following Ashley’s ‘blueprint’ when it comes to the transfer market:
“The agenda has been set and I have to work to that. They want players here with value and in defence of Mike, there are times when players have come to this club who bring no future value but have been successful.
“That is an area he does not want to be involved in again. Without naming names, that is something I have to understand. I have to bring players here of a good age who can add value.“
Personally I don’t have a problem with that as a basic transfer policy providing it’s carried out by people who know what they’re doing and they realise that every team needs some experience and that there’s always a balance to be maintained.
Pardew then goes on to justify how it is that Man United can pay huge wages and we can’t:
“Sir Alex Ferguson said it exactly right. Man United players are paid a lot of money but they deserve it because the TV viewers highlight they want to watch them and they are paid to win matches.
“Some of the levels of finance to players who make up the numbers in this division are, at times, quite hard to swallow. We have had our share of those type of players, and we have to limit that.“
So there you have it – some insights into what’s going on.