Plenty of managers could learn a thing or two from Alan Pardew’s transfer policy at Newcastle United.
A world of pressure was taken off the shoulders of Alan Pardew last month, as he made several top quality signings which have slowly helped Newcastle to climb the right way back up the Premier League table.
Here are five tips gaffers around the country can take from his shenanigans last month;
A lot of managers panic when they are short on players or need someone in a particular area. It’s simple; if he’s not the right player, then don’t sign him. Patience is a virtue in football and especially the transfer market, which can produce great rewards. Newcastle skipped on Luuk de Jong in the summer because they didn't want to be held ransom by Twente, and should be commended for not paying over the odds.
All Premier League sides have scouts scattered out across the world looking for the best players. It’s no coincidence that Newcastle sign a lot of players from Ligue 1 in France because this is a market where the club seems to centralise its scouts and researchers. The players he signed were not ones the club simply plucked out of the air, but had instead spent months scouting.
Pardew has always had a brilliant knack for getting the best value out of a transfer such as signing Yohan Cabaye for under £5 million or Moussa Sissoko for under £2 million. Pardew is living proof that you can still get good value in a world where some players are traded for tens of millions.
Pardew’s signings always seem to come with direct focus or a direct job for that player to perform in the squad and team. He doesn’t buy players just because he needs an extra body in defence or attack, he buys players because he doesn’t have a left sided central defender or a striker who can play as a target man.
He stands up for his club when it comes to transfers and doesn’t back track, panic or bag any player to sign for Newcastle. Loic Remy snubbed Newcastle last month but Pardew handled it well and didn’t sacrifice the basic decency of the club and make a fuss and complain in oublic because of one single player.
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