Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Delivers a Future Promise; Preparation to Be Meticulous

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Delivers a Future Promise; Preparation to Be Meticulous

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Byline: Mark Douglas

ALAN Pardew cannot promise perfection, but as long as he is Newcastle United manager, painstaking preparation will be at the heart of everything the club does.

Pardew promised "openness" and accountability when he took over at St James' Park and part of that pledge was fulfilled yesterday when he threw open the doors of the training ground to local journalists to throw light on the work that goes into the build-up to a big game.

In a fascinating insight into life behind the scenes at United, access was given to the videos and scouting reports which will form part of the team's preparation for the Bolton game, and it's safe to say nothing is left to chance.

A first-hand viewing of the precise work of a team of four video analysts illustrated the breadth of footage studied by United's coaching staff to try to eke out an advantage over their opponents.

Weaknesses and strengths are pored over in forensic detail before being chopped into bite-size chunks for the players' benefit. In training, the cobwebs following a weekend off were blown away by an intensive session - steered by Pardew - working mainly on defensive shape.

With a pounds 3,000-per-player GPS system documenting everything from heart-rate to yards covered at their Benton training base, anyone whose levels dip below the required standard will be found out quickly. The high-tech, forward-thinking approach is all part of a long-term project that Pardew believes will help United enjoy a bright future.

"I have changed a lot of analytical stuff. I brought in two new analysts who put together reports about how our defence, our midfield and our attack are doing. They look at how our opposition are doing, plus our scouting," he explains.

"We have four analysts now and we only had two. We have John Carver here, whose brief is to ensure he keeps on top of our attacking side of things. I concentrate on the defence and the organisation of the team.

"That, in a nutshell, is the changes I have made. …

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