We watched the press conference Alan Pardew gave yesterday, and it was clear he was downbeat about what happened on Monday, with Andy Carroll leaving the club.
Alan Pardew – subdued in interview
Pardew was clear that the January transfer window this year for Newcastle was hardly a success, with Carroll, Routledge and Xisco all leaving the club, and basically just Stephen Ireland coming in, although we also signed French winger Ben Arfa to a permanent four and a half year deal – and that wasn’t too bad.
A subdued Alan talked about the transfer window:
“I can’t say the window for us has been a success, can I? We have lost Andy Carroll.” “The mood on the training ground wasn’t great. We are disappointed to lose a friend and a player.”
“Disillusionment? You can’t hide that because Liverpool gained Carroll and Suarez, and Chelsea gained Torres and we haven’t gained a striker in that process.”
“I’m disappointed – that’s the word I would use. We’ve lost a very good player. It is money I can’t spend tomorrow, so it’s no use for me.”
“It’s frustrating, and frustrating for Newcastle fans to see a player like Andy leave. We can’t harp on that – we have to go forward and onwards.”
The Newcastle manager was at least honest and admitted that he must now worse off than he was before the window opened, and he is short of strikers up front, having lost his star local striker, and not being able to replace Andy in the hours that remained in the window on Monday.
At times the questioning got prickly, and Alan was reminded he said there was no way Andy would leave the club in January, and since he did leave, Alan was asked why fans should believe anything he says in the future – to which he replied:
“What do you want me to say? What can I say?” “All I would say is that with Andy Carroll we knocked back so many bids for him.”
“And I was adamant that he wasn’t going to go until extraordinary circumstances came along yesterday.”
From what we could tell, the reporters gave Alan a very difficult part of it, and as Joe Kinnear said, some of the reporters are there to make the Newcastle manager’s job almost impossible.
It’s bad enough just doing the normal job day by day – never mind having vultures, sorry make that reporters, circling around at every opportunity.
Alan was then asked if there would be a limit on what Newcastle could achieve, because of the tight controls on both transfer fees and player wages that Ashley has installed at the Tyneside club:
“That is a question that is difficult to answer, because obviously we have sold Andy.” “The situation was made clear when I arrived here – the financial structure of this club was not an affluent one.”
“It is not an affluent club in terms of what other big clubs can produce in terms of salaries and fees for players. That was made clear to me. So I can’t moan about it now when we have just received an extraordinary offer.”
“I can look anyone in the eye and say it is an extraordinary offer for the player, and we now have to use it to good effect.”
“How can I now believe that is going to happen? I have got to believe it is going to happen. I spoke to Mike Ashley 15 minutes ago to clarify that. He is clear.”
“The fee is enormous. I have had no chance to spend it. We have to make sure we spend it correctly in the summer. There will be £35m available and all of it will be spent, but it would be on fees and wages.”
“We were relegated only two years ago and the finances have got to be in order. Mike Ashley made that clear all along.”
“To compete you have to invest over a period to compete with these guys. We are short of top, top players to compete at the top level, where we should be. Can you do it after coming up? No. Can you do it in a few years? Yes.”
“Myself and the players are sad to see Andy leave and I hope he remains our friend. It was an extraordinary situation for him and for us. I am confident the group can pull themselves together.”
“By the time we get to the game at Fulham they will be ready to show that.”
Newcastle need a win tonight at Craven Cottage, and that will help to lift the rather gloomy mood that currently exists because one of our own has left the club for pastures anew – whatever the real reasons behind that really were.
A 2-0 win tomorrow night would lift the mood on Tyneside – and that’s exactly what we all need.
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