One topic that hasn’t really been discussed by other Newcastle commenters, is the impact that a proper coaching set-up could have on the ‘fringe’ or ‘blacklisted’ Newcastle players, such as Sylvain Marveaux.
The coaching set-up of Alan Pardew and John Carver was not exactly the best and because of this, many players have been ‘Pardewed.’
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Examples of this are Marveaux, Gouffran and, to a certain extent, Emmanuel Riviere.
All of these players showed great promise when we first signed them but then have been slated by fans for poor performances or have been loaned out. This points to a poor man-management within the old coaching system.
Steve McClaren said that all of the new players are going to get a clean slate to prove themselves and maybe this will be like bringing a whole crop of new signings to St James Park.
We have seen what Marveaux can do at St James’ Park before and it would be amazing to have him at his best the majority of the time. He is an intelligent, skilful little player and I hope that McClaren can get the best out of him.
He would also provide some much-needed creativity to a Newcastle side that has lacked it since Yohan Cabaye’s departure.
The same goes for Riviere, who I think just needs that little bit of confidence to start converting his chances.
We have seen him get into the positions to score and he is a really good build-up player with great pace and can hold the ball up… he just needs to learn to put the ball in the net.
Whilst it is important that Newcastle get players in this year, we must also take into account that the new coaching set-up also have the potential to create a revamped team using the majority of our current squad.