Pardew Disappointed – Transfer Window Not A Success

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:

Pardew answered:

“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.

Comments very welcome – but please respect other opinions that may differ from your own – thanks.

53 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope the lads come fired up to show that we are not a one-player team.

  • MacToon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Cheers Pardew, understatement of the year.

    One thing about him though is he can certainly talk the talk!

    Will be interesting to see how the team bounce back after the last few days’ shenanigans.

    Personally I thought we have/had quality throughout the team, from Harp’s, Colo, Enrique, Barton, Carroll,Tiote, HBA, Jonas etc. (sorry for the class 1’s I haven’t mentioned!) and only needs tweeking here and there and better run of injury/suspension free players and then the likes of Simo to continue to improve.

  • JamesP32

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Will Ireland be playing? i think he should as no one has mentioned him since he was signed on loan

  • nden85

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #4

    oh dear, so the money will be spent on transfers and wages, which means we have about 15 mil for transfers

  • Flop

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I actually pity Pardew he’s left to look the fool thanks to the greed of both MA and AC.
    But I’m very worried by “There will be £35m available and all of it will be spent, but it would be on fees and wages.” Not good

  • Brutooon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Ireland wearing no 10

  • henock1989

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #7

    we are doomed.. lol…who is wid me lets shift to spurs or city

  • gorskino10

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Should i watch this tommoz? dont want to be more depressed due to NUFC, gotta say yesterday was worse EVER TDD 🙁 lets hope Pardew can walk the walk and buy GOOD player,this im more worried about.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 2, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #9

    “There will be £35m available and all of it will be spent, but it would be on fees and wages.”

    Thats rather WORRYING so the 35 Mill will be spend of Fees and WAGES NOT ON PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If this is true and our summer we spend naff all i will not be happy with the board, but what can we do Ashley is untouchable we tried last time to get him out of our club and it didnt work. i swear this whole thing is getting on my nevers the GREED of both Ashley and Carrol!

  • ToonOz

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t blame Ashely for this – you would have to be bonkers not to accept a huge fee like that.

    Just take a look at the top 10 transfer list of all time. Great names like Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo, and Andy Carroll??

    Besides, without Carroll we actually play a more attractive brand of football – less stupid long balls.

    Why on earth does Ireland get number 10?? That should be reserved for Ben 10.

  • TheHeyman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #11

    As I live down south i want to get to the Fulham game. Does anyone know if its cash turnstiles like usual in the away/neutral end?

  • gorskino10

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I know that but the money will be put into the club to basically do what Ashleys role is which is to PAY for the upkeep of the club like wages etc.. that fee for Andy Carrol should be GIVEN and USED (ALL OF IT) on players to buy and then we should have more as every window. Pardew is even admitting the fee will be going to the upkeep of the club NOT TRANSFERS, some dark times ahead plus lost our best player 🙁

  • veto

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #13

    – the financial structure of this club was not an affluent one

    with regards to our finances , id really like someone to get stuck into the numbers regarding this club and it’s potential revenue in the future when the debt is gone and finances more structured .
    you would have to think in the future this club is going tobe able to genrate a decent income , we have always been classed as a rich club even out of the champions league .

    are things like this forever ?
    ashleys lack of communication is a massive problem , i just really wish i could get a measure of the bloke but he’s so erratic you never can tell

  • veto

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #14

    i think he means fee’s and wages involved in any transfers in the summer , it’s the norm now there all rolled into one sum for a manager to consider when making a signing

  • SG Wise Mag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Hello all, you guys should watch this…. This is funny.

    Anyway, on the sale, I take a philosophical approach. 35M is a lot of money. Remember we sold Jon Woodgate 13M? Found out that he has persistent injury. A good piece of business right? and he has been on and off the field since then…
    Caroll might be like that (I wish him not) but in all things, there is alway risk involved, so let’s see how things pan out.

    1 good pce of business of 35M does not mean NUFC is a selling club. Let’s see what comes good of this over a period of time. I will be hesitant to judge now.

    Understand the emotions involved (I am residing in Singapore and I stayed up late whole night over here just to follow on this blog, on soccernet, on Sky sports radio, damn sad damn sad), let’s put that aside now and support the club, not the person (Remember Micheal Owen also a local lad from Liverpool, sold too to Real Madrid etc etc. Players come and go, come and go, Club always the number 1).

    Let’s all pray NUFC goes from strength to strength from now on… finish the season higher than before, and I think it is do-able because the only thing that matters in games now are spirit, unity and committment to the cause… and NUFC, believes it or not, has plenty of that.
    Think about where our club will be in 3-5 years, a team in transition always take time to build, and granted, you have to do some business here and there (whenever you have ridiculous circumstances, like 35M coming up, seriously?) but you must always keep the core ingredients that guarantee success – unity, team spirit, one for all and all for one, committment to the cause and shirt etc. A good manager manages these things well, based on whatever players you have.
    And that’s what I like about English games, passion, spirit, the highs and lows of emotions etc.

    NUFC to win 2-0 tomorrow. HWTL!

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #16

    ed do you reckon you could photoshop a walther ppk into pardews hand on the banner so he looks a bit like james bond

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #17

    you could also add steven ireland stroking a cat

  • Sav

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew puts the PR in Public Relations.
    But if he guaranteed the roof wouldn’t fall in, I’d put a hard hat on.
    Now most of the squad have relegation clauses to reduce their wages, maybe FatAsh can make a killing by getting us down as long as 45000 loyal mugs keep turning up.

  • lewman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #19

    i bet steven taylors happy, i wonder if this will improve his confidence by not having to go to work every day with the man who broke your jaw.

    hopefully we see a real improvement from him and he becomes the player that we all once thought he would.

  • ToonOz

    Feb 2, 2011 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Here is a great article of Newcastle financial state in the last few years – spending and sales

  • henock1989

    Feb 2, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #21

    FulhamvNewcastle United- loss 2-0
    Newcastle UnitedvArsenal -draw-1-0
    Blackburn RoversvNewcastle United-draw-2-0
    Newcastle UnitedvBolton Wanderers-win-2-0
    Newcastle UnitedvEverton -win-1-0
    Stoke CityvNewcastle United-draw-0-0
    Newcastle UnitedvWolverhampton Wanderers-win-2-0
    Aston VillavNewcastle United-loss-2-0
    Newcastle UnitedvManchester United-draw-0-0
    BlackpoolvNewcastle United-win-2-0
    LiverpoolvNewcastle United-loss-2-0(carroll will score u will c)
    Newcastle UnitedvBirmingham City-win-2-0
    ChelseavNewcastle United-loss-2-0
    Newcastle UnitedvWest Bromwich Albion-win-2-0
    that gives us about
    ..which is 23 points ..+30=53..will end up at 8/9 position

  • javatoonarmy

    Feb 2, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #22

    @ToonOz yeah its great article.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 2, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Newcastle United – A Selling Club Since 1892
    Posted by Marc Duffy 6 hours, 49 minutes ago
    “This is my home, what I want to be doing, the club I want to play for, the shirt I want to wear. That’s it, 100 percent, I’ve just signed a five year contract and as it stands, I want to be here forever.”
    The words of Andy Carroll 65 days ago in an interview with The Times.

    “We have to have a big club mentality and hold on to our best players”
    Alan Pardew 42 days ago

    Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool
    1 day ago

    So what is going on? I doubt we will ever know the truth. Carroll claims that he was pushed and the club totally deny that they pushed him (as they would).

    George Caulkin of The Times (the greatest footy journo that there is) summed it up nicely when he tweeted “Carroll was not agitating to leave. He wasn’t unsettled. And, yes, the transfer request was a mechanism used by NUFC. But….. he signed it.”

    Both parties are culpable. It can’t be a surprise to anyone that this sale happened so late that we did not have time to sign a replacement. The token gesture that was an ‘attempt’ to sign Charles N’Zogbia was an insult. Does anyone really believe that Ashley’s bitter rival Dave Whelan was going to sell his prize asset to him minutes before the window closed? Of course not.

    Pardew had his say on the matter today, ending his statement with “….the decision was right for the club.” Quite a turn around in 6 weeks.

    It is OK though because Pardew can assure us that all of the mental £35m fee will go towards players. Then again he also assured us that none of our key players would be sold in the window so personally I don’t believe a word. Amazingly Ashley still has support amongst the fans and those supporters will be mentally considering how they (or Pardew) will spend the $$$$$$$. If you are one of those people could you do me a favour and remind me where the tens of millions from Milner, Given, Beye, N’Zogbia and then Martins, Bassong, Duff etc went. Thanks.

    Newcastle United usually wait about 6 months between the hoofs that they give us supporters in the private’s. This time it is only a matter of weeks since the last one.

    The sale did not really surprise me. Why should it? We have been a selling club all of my life – Waddle, Beardsley, Gazza, Cole, Woodgate, Jenas etc It really disappointed me though. The loss to Newcastle is far bigger than the gain for Liverpool and I really fear for our immediate future with a forward line including Shola, Best, Lovenkrands or Ranger. That is not Premier League standard.

    Money – some say it is ruining the game. £35million for Carroll is a preposterous fee, but so what? The supporters will not benefit at all – can we celebrate another £35 million in Mike Ashley’s bank? Of course not. We did enjoy celebrating a local hero’s towering headed goals.

    That is not to exonerate Carroll. He signed a new 5 year deal only a matter of weeks ago, but then why would anyone be surprised at his head being turned? ANYONE would be tempted by (and take) what is reported to be a four fold salary increase. He is secured for life and could accumulate generational wealth. He wouldn’t have gone short had he stayed on Tyneside though and he would have become a Legend. It must have irked him that other players in the first team were on 3 times the amount he was even with his new contract – if the club (Ashley) wanted to keep him sweet they would have paid him his market worth.

    At about the same time this was all taking place Blackpool rejected a ‘significant’ Liverpool bid for Charlie Adam. Allegedly Adam was furious, a heated discussion took place and the Chairman called TalkSport to state categorically that Adam would be a Blackpool player come February 1st. He was good to his word – yes, there were rumours of Spurs almost pulling off a last minute deal, but they didn’t. It is sad that Blackpool appear to be a club with greater ambition than Newcastle United when you consider their relative resources and the fact that adam’s contract is 4 years shorter than Carroll’s was.

    Under the ownership of Ashley we have suffered a humiliating relegation and now most fans pray for mid-table mediocrity. This for a club that had the 6th highest revenue in the country the last full season we were in the Premier League. The club that Deloitte have in the top 20 in Europe in their money league. The club that had the 18th highest average attendance in EUROPE when we were in this country’s second tier!

    Ashley is well known to be a gambler and once again he has gambled our Premier League status. Last time he made that same gamble, he lost.

  • terencelim

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Let’s not forget he is always a big loser, at least in football.
    I don’t blame him. I blame the fat c***t that needs a friend so desperately and hired him.

  • taiwantoon

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Even if I did believe that we will be reinvesting the money from Carroll’s transfer to buy new players in the summer, it is irrelevant.

    Without a first class striker for the rest of the season, we are going to struggle to get goals and end up languishing somewhere in the bottom half of the table. Who is going to want to sign for us then? We have no ambition whatsoever, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Tiote and Enrique shipped out in the summer when a big money offer comes in.

    Even if a player did want to come here (more fool he) then his club would know that we have 30+ million burning a hole in our pockets, and they would hold out and force us to pay over the odds for players.

    We should be astounded that Ashley hasn’t come out and said something, but we’ve just come to expect and accept this. And the drivel from Pardew yesterday only makes things worse. How can he remain as manager? Didn’t he say in his first interview as manager that he only took the job after being promised that Carroll would not be sold?

    Sadly though, there is nothing that we can do. Just keep supporting the Toon, despite being lied to and disrespected by the very people we give our hard-earned cash to. Football is not a business, I refuse to accept that excuse. If it was, we would have all jumped ship a long time ago.

  • maine_magpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #26


    i’d say that’s a fairly accurate prediction and the only threat we really have in finishing this year is making our club look more attractive to potential signees.

    however, i do like our chances against fullam tomorrow and think we’ll be a motivated squad through this adversary.

    lets go get one today! HWTL

  • Toonmania

    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m fairly sure we can win tonight, just hope the mood in the changing room is better than yesterday

  • Paul P

    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew has said all the money he got is to be spent on the team in the summer. I think another 15m on top of this and we could have a good squad/team if spent correctly.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #29

    Paul P,
    the worrying thing is he say’s it’s for transfers and wagesthat means we have around £15 to £20 million in transfers avalable to us, also i see there is no mention of the money Ashley was said to be spending this summer IF we stayed up so again ashley cashes in one way or another
    The plan according to Lambiase?? was that if we stayed up ashley would invest in the team and give the manager to quote “a significant amount” of money to spend now it seems all we are going to get is the money from selling carroll and i’m doubtfull if we will see all of that going on past transfer windows ashley has been involved in, i could spend more than ashley has in the last 2 windows, he’s an f’ing parasite

  • Paul P

    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Thats the worrying this toonmania the things that this current clowns we have got at the minute have done in the past like. I can see it happening all again to be honest. They have not got a clue and we wont go anywhere under ashley. If they did back him, the question goes back to why did they not back Keegan? Had he had been backed properley, we would not have gone down like or in any position to be relegated.

  • jettson

    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #31

    why should we invest hard earned wages in a club, which is clearly now a selling club with no ambition?!!
    Its time not to renew season tickets at stupidly high prices!
    we have no ambition – a ‘yes man’ manager and a proven liar as an owner!!
    £35m on players – he is taking the urine yet again, we wont see a penny of that on the pitch!
    It will be used to ‘re-finance the club / structure’ etc!!
    AC never wanted to move – this is all Ashley’s doing with a huge silly bid!
    why no back-up plan?

  • Darling27

    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #32

    Line up when all fit or not suspended for the rest of the season.



    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique


    Gutiérrez Barton Nolan Ben Arfa





    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique


    Barton Ireland Nolan

    Ben Arfa





    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique

    Gutiérrez Tiote Barton Ben Arfa






    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique

    Barton Nolan Ireland

    Ben Arfa

    Ranger Ameobi

    What do you think guys?

  • juliogeordio

    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Can someone help me out….

    A mate is selling 2 tickets for Arsenal – 1 adult and 1 under 16.

    2 Adults want them – The tickets just scan these days, so would there likely be a problem at the turnstile?

  • cg

    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Ok done enough crying already.

    Get behind the manager, man up, suit up and get the job done. Summer window might become a dissapointment again but there will be enough time to dwell on that in a few months time.

    The youngsters will have a lot of growing up to do in quite a short time now.

  • tynesidetommo

    Feb 2, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m not a big Pardew fan but full marks to him for being brutally honest. Life goes on and it starts at the Cottages.
    And we have made some very decent signings in recent seasons so fingers crossed we maintain the standard in the summer.
    We have to turn the loss of AC into a massive gain.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #36

    I told everyone on here yesterday.
    All of the 35m will not be on transfers, 15m max!!
    Interesting to hear Derek Rat Lamearse confirming that all of the 35M “Will stay in the club”?????

    Where else would it go?

    Th eother thing that sticks out, “35m will go on transfer fees AND wages”

    We will never ever find out truly what a player is being paid…..good way to hide the lack of spending in my opinion!!

    SCUM the three of them utter scum
    They consistently lie to us fik norverners!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #37

    would be nice to hear from Nolan on how the camp is feeling after all this

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #38




  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #39


    I think Ashley is a classless chav, but be a little bit balanced please. Shepherd, one of our own, has this club in meltdown with payments on HP etc.

    Plus before ashley found out Allardyce was sh…e, he gave him money for :-

    Smith 6M + massive wages
    Barton 6M + massive wages
    Enrique 6M + massive wages,

    then Colo 10M massive wages etc, etc
    Jonas 5M and massive wages

    Now Tiote, Ben Arfa etc. I’d say that although I don’t like the guy, we are in far far better shape financially now. Also is there any proof he pockets the money.

    Just because it may not all go on players, I would say he’s serviced a hell of a lot of debt, which is why we’re not a Portsmouth etc and we still have a club to support.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #40


    Okay then, a taxi driver friend of a hollywood star who is related to Carrolls uncle who is really Cashleys brother told me….

    LIVERPOOL illegally tapped up Carroll, otherwise, how was he aqble to go to Parpoo, Lame arse and Fat Fek telling them he had been offered 80k a week and wanted it matched, as Lamearse and Parpoo have stated.

    Tapping up happens, its illegal and therefore will the club now report Liverpoo to the FA, UEFA etc etc and calim hefty compen??

    OR are they lying again?? As they have blatantly in the past??

    We are just thick Geordies, we dont think about things like this though. We moan and then accept!!


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