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Alan Pardew explains how to sell Newcastle United to an 8 year old

7 years ago

Alan Pardew has been explaining how you sell Newcastle United to an eight year old and their parents.

The Newcastle manager says that a club that can give young players a clear route to the first team will always have a big advantage.

Pardew believes that United are now ahead of many of their rivals, holding up Rolando Aarons as an example of a young player getting his chance;

“When you are selling the club to parents of a ten year old, nine year old, eight year old; they need to see a route to the first team.

“In a lot of Premier League clubs you can’t see that route sometimes, but it is obvious here that you can, if you are good enough.”

Great news for the City;

“It is very very tough though, because we are getting players from all around the world, and we are delivering on that front.

“It is great news for this City and great news for our younger players.”

Playing young players all his career;

“I’ve played young players all my career; Jonjo Shelvey at sixteen, Mark Noble at seventeen, (Alex Oxlade-) Chamberlain at seventeen and we have had Aarons this year…and maybe even Armstrong to come – but it is all about delivering.”

It is great to see young players getting their chance at Newcastle United, whatever the circumstances. Obviously it is best doing it when you have choice and you bring players in via a structured route, unlike this season where Pardew has been left with no choice due to injuries and dismal form of more experienced players.

It is frustrating to look back at the final few months of last season and despite having nothing really to play for, Alan Pardew didn’t give any young player a single start, preferring to play the likes of Dan Gosling and Shola who weren’t even getting new contracts. Massadio Haidara was the only player under the age of 22 to get a Premier League start all season and he only got a handful of line-ups.

As for Alan Pardew regularly trotting out those three players as examples of his past record  with developing youth, as we have pointed out before; Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jonjo Shelvey were only given two league starts under Pardew and Mark Noble had four.

The Newcastle manager’s track record is to go for older, what he probably thinks as safer, players rather than giving youth a chance.

Hopefully he has turned over a new leaf…


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