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Alan Pardew says his 8 year contract responsible for young player success

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew has claimed that his 8 year contract is the biggest factor in the success of the young players at Newcastle this season.

The United boss says that it massively helps with their integration into the first team, having a manager who has known them for the past four years.

Players such as Rolando Aarons have had their first chance this season, whilst Pardew believes it has taken a bit longer for older inexperienced players such as Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett;

“I think the fans are genuinely excited because the real big lift that this football club has had this season has been the younger players. That has been a long time coming.

“When you talk about manager being at football clubs, for certain periods, longevity of my contract has helped us on that front’

The players know me;

“These players know me, I have known them for the last four years. They know what we do and it helps massively with their integration.

“That has been proven this year – we hoped it would come sooner, particularly with Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, but the newer batch are coming along quicker.”

Whilst we all love to see young players come through whatever the circumstances, Alan Pardew saying his long contract has played such a vital role is maybe a bit far-fetched for many fans.

If this is the case, why was he not giving any young players a chance last season, especially when the last few months of the season were a safe time to introduce them, instead the manager played the soon to be out of contract Shola and Dan Gosling. Haidara got a handful of starts last season and was the only player under the age of 22 to get a league start.

While this season it has been largely down to injuries and severe lack of form of older players such as Gouffran, Riviere and Anita that has forced the manager’s hand in giving younger players their chances.

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