Pardew Happy To Let Routledge Move On To New Opportunity


Alan Pardew came in only about 3 weeks before the January transfer window opened, and he had to quickly make judgements on a number of Newcastle players.

Wayne Routledge – probably played his last game for Newcastle

Alan seemed quick to see who the important and best players at the club were,  and he quickly waxed lyrical about players like Nolan, Barton, Enrique, Tiote and Carroll to name but a few, and he’s right there.

He’s also seen fringe players like Leon Best and Danny Guthrie come in and grab their chance, and do a good job for the club.

And while Alan seemed to give Wayne Routledge a number of run outs as a sub, it seems he was quite happy to let Wayne move on, when his former club QPR came a calling.

And while Wayne did very well in the Championship for Newcastle when he came to Tyneside last January, he has again struggled in the Premier League this season, for the umpteenth time.

There is  a huge difference in class between the Championship and the Premier League, and Wayne even scored the winning goal for QPR last weekend.

But he has scored only one Premier League goal ever in his career, and really has never  fulfilled the great potential he showed when he was a youngster.

Alan Pardew was speaking to BBC North East’s sports program, Total Sport:

“Well I think there are opportunities for players that come along and you have to weigh it up.” “I mean, was Wayne gonna be a long term first team player for us? and I don’t think he was.”

“QPR offered him that position, and I felt that is best for him and best for the club that we took that opportunity.” “You know, when you bring players in I think it’s important that they affect your first team.”

“There are occasions, and there will be, when I bring in a player to fill up the squad, so to speak.” “But you know, I just felt that the Wayne one was a deal that was right for him, more importantly, and right for us.”

“Because you have to sort of move on players to grow, and, you know, we have to get better than Wayne and that’s what we’re gonna aim to do.”

It’s a good move for Wayne, and he was pleased to go back to the London club, and he got a good reception when he arrived back there too, which was good to see.

We really hope he can help them get promoted – and it would be good to have QPR in the Premier League. If QPR are promoted in May, it’s almost a cast iron certainty that Wayne will be transferred to QPR, and the fee will have already been agreed between the two clubs.

As for Newcastle, Alan Pardew seems to be setting high standards for his players, but he seems a fair man, and even today he said he was willing to give Spaniard Xisco a chance again at the club, if nothing happened before next Monday to send the 24 year-old out on loan.

That’s a chance a number of Newcastle fans would say Xisco has never been given on Tyneside.

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154 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #1

    1st?

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #2

    1st to second?

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Wayne wasn’t good enough, AP gave him a chance and came to agree with most of us already thought. It was a gamble because if we don’t get a replacement we don’t have that Impact player with speed to bring on, unless he sees Ranger playing that role down the right like he did against Chelski in the League Cup?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #4

    IM 1st as you never posted anything. Ho!

    Give Xisco his chance.

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  • lewman

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    i wonder if we will make a little profit on wayne

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    i wished we got malouda back then on loan.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #7

    well, wayne wasnt the long term answer but getting rid of him and not replacing him is an even worse answer.;…

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Shame but he just didn’t step up. Wud luv ayew and legear.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Good shout malouda is class now

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Pardew thought he would get Bentley or Larsson when he agreed to let Routledge leave but obviously Ashley wouldn’t sanction moves for them.

    I would actually move Gutierrez to the right and HBA to the left when he’s fit and move Barton in the middle. We could still do with a quick right winger and a good striker though. Still can’t believe we didn’t go for Carlos Vela.

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  • newcastle29

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #11

    WCarr07 on twitter saying ireland is a done deal! To. Be confirmed soon!

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #12

    i hope that WCarro7 i wrong i prey he is wrong would be very sad to loose Routledge and only bring is the incredibly overated and underaverage Ireland.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Cwarroq also said torrres to chelsea over weekend

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #14

    he said taiwo was coming in yesterday?? i do think he has somebody coming in though its just the waitin and seein thats gettin to me

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d sell ashley’s granny for Johnson. Fat f***k needs to get his wallet out

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Grrr

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s good to see the manager speaking his mind and letting us all know what was going on with Routledge. I have to agree with Pardew though as Routledge seemed a class below the EPL. He hasn’t taken much time to realize that and that’s good to know. I just hope he sorts out Wayne’s replacement ASAP because our squad is ridiculously thin.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #18

    looking at the tables for the first time i agreed that nufc are not far from relegating.its now obvious we need to win matches and score more goals

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  • Polish_Toon

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Vela to WBA, why didn’t we go for him??? I see all these players constantly being picked by “smaller” team…why not us…is it the fat man? hmm i think so…damn I am pissed.
    BTW, been looking at this blog for a while but just decided to registered now. HWTL!

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #20

    i dont want taiwo cos he exposes our defense when ever he is playing for nigeria.el toro is the best

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  • colwell

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    See that people keep talking about Dempsey? WHY?I`d take Ben Arfa over dempsey ANYDAY. He plays in the same place Nolan does and well Nolan is 4th top goalscorer. I wouldnt swap 1 of our starting midfield for Dempsey.

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  • giimps

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Ganiyu, you a tactical genius, we need to score more goals and win more matches…………..Sherlock homes must be caking it right now.
    for a start, we are something like the 4th highest goalscorers in the league, and we have some very good players returning in the not too distant future, its at the back we need to learn, its pointless scoring loads if our defence leaks goals .
    I do agree we need another decent striker, quick and can read the game.
    HWTL

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    i want a good att winger/striker to play right or left side in a front 3 with carroll and ben arfa

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Cwarro was just asked if he was so sure about Ireland that he would erase his account if it didn’t happen. He replied yes. pards really needs to deliver a winger. Can Ireland play rm, or is he a acm?

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #25

    acm really but has played rm don’t think we will sign him perm just think it cos smith is out cos i reckon we will go 433 when everybodys back

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #26

    everyone on this blog want every footballer they see as available including the flops and

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Colwell – Dempsey is a great player. Him and Donovan are the best football players to come out of the US. Dempsey here would be great for us and I don’t care if he plays in the positions Nolan, Barton and co play in. We need bodies, depth and you can’t have that if you don’t buy players. Dempsey would be a great player to achieve just that. He could fit right in our team and we wouldn’t miss any of the regulars as he’s so good. Competition for places is what we need and if it’s a creative player like Dempsey then even better. Why are so many fans here so fickle!?? Months ago everyone was happy if we could just survive. Now many are just barking out unnecessary criticism that’s not helping one bit. I bet you guys would have ripped Dempsey’s arm off to bring him to Newcastle months back but now all of a sudden we’re too good for him!?? These are the type of fans that make others say we’re deluded. BE HAPPY WE’RE IN THE EPL AND IN THE TOP 10 FFS!!!!!

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  • baro

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #28

    From our squad right now we really need to bring in 1 or 2. Our squad has lots of great players but they are mostly injured or unfit. A right wing and a consistent striker would do for me either one.

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Who as a striker is in our price range?

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    baro i agree as i said when everyone is back fit i think barton will move back inside just a good winger/striker to compete with jonas/ben arfa for places either side of carroll, i.e
    ———————-tiote———————
    ———–nolan————–barton——–
    jona/?————————–ben arfa/?–
    ——————-carroll——————

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    i would never sign dempsey in a million years,dont get me wrong hes a good player,but not a great player,he wouldnt get in our starting 11 anyway.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #32

    arfa chance – Carlos Vela on loan. Quick, technically gifted and knows how to finish. A perfect partner for Carroll.

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  • balubas1

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Just keep Guthrie out of the mix when talking positive.. He has been horrible this season, and especially the relegation season…. What a waste of wages

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Wateched Gateshead with Edmundsson and Tavanier playing, Edmundson came of 74 Min (roughly) and was rather poor didnt advance much in the 2nd half got a few good chances but the LB didn help him at all unlike the other side with Tavanier who was great, solid RB much like Danny Simpson but stronger helped his RW Britten alot shame that Britten was poor if Edmundsson had a LB like Tavanier (rb) he would of been more into the game!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #35

    belfastgeordie87 – Dempsey would be the quality back-up player we need. He would give Nolan and Baton a run for their money. If either get injured he could fill in with ease. Dempsey is very under-rated just like Gareth Barry was until he got International recognition.

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  • colwell

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Dempsey would cost alot more the n Ben Arfa did, lets face it he is no where near as good as him. I think our starting 11 is too good for Dempsey to get in IMO. I think we have one of the best midfields in the prem. How is this being fickle?. I`m saying how good I feel our team is. I want good competition for places but with players that are different to what we have, pace and flair.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #37

    @ giimps i blame the midfield if you closely observe

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  • Fostino

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #38

    well said pardrew….routledge is not good enough for newcastle if we are to improve! he got his chance and he didnt take it

    players like best and guthrie and even perch have been given the same cance and they have done well

    if you ask me, lovendkrands aint good enough either and smith

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  • colwell

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Barton would be a HUGE loss Dempsey is a different player completely to him. Dempsey would`nt fill Bartons boots with ease!

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #40

    @ jp what is not good for arsenal is bad for newcastle.i would not even take walcott either

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