So far, this season has brought great success to the club and, as results have recently proven, Newcastle United are headed for European football next season.
A lot of credit for the turnaround has been given to the manager, Alan Pardew, and rightly so, but let’s not forget a couple of gentlemen who, from behind the scenes, have done a sterling job for the club.
Those two being John carver and former England international Steve stone. The two Newcastle-born men have provided the team with a platform upon which to build a proud style of football; football tat is reminiscent of the early part of the 90s. It is work that often goes unnoticed and evades the public eye, but is no less important.
Carver was of course part of the Newcastle United squad when they were last mixing it with Europe’s best on a regular basis, under Sir Bobby Robson in the early 2000s. He was moved on after Graeme Souness was appointed, with the former Liverpool manager deciding to bring in his own team of backroom staff. Stone of course made his name at Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa but his career was hindered by multiple broken legs while at the City Ground.
It is this tough-as-nails attitude that brought Newcastle United from the depths of to top 6 football this season. The know-how that these two have brought to Newcastle is worth no less than a marquee signing. In addition, their backgrounds mean that they have the resilient Geordie mindset ; they know what they want and they wont stop until they achieve their goals.
The backroom staff is as important as the manager to a football club if not more; the players may be uptight and not as candid in front of the manager, but the coaches’ open-minded attitude encourages the players to confide in them. It is this key factor which helps to create such a positive atmosphere in the changing room; something which we have all seen prosper this season.
It is also important to emphasize their tactical awareness- it is often not the manager but rather the coaches who create the tactics. Our football has started to look a lot more fluid and fast-paced this season, contrasting highly with the slow, uninspired style which characterized our football three years ago. This is largely down to these two men.
Therefore, Alan Pardew should not get all the credit for the positive changes that have occurred at the club this season. The two Englishmen have shown the importance of having a strong, intelligent and approachable backroom staff upon which the manager can build on.
Let’s give credit where credit is due and acknowledge the work that these two Geordies have done for our beloved football club. We are glad to have them.
by Himanshu Dhingra