One of the things that Alan Pardew said when he joined Newcastle in December, is that the club was one of the top five clubs in England.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle are not affluent like the big clubs
Well maybe not right now, and yesterday Alan said it would take two to three years before that would actually happen – in the sense that Newcastle could finish up there amongst the top five teams in the Premier League.
In a very uncomfortable press conference yesterday, in which Alan to his credit, never ducked his responsibilities as manager, but hardly looked comfortable at all, explained that Newcastle are not a rich club:
“The situation was made clear when I arrived, the financial structure of this club was not an affluent one in terms of what other big clubs can produce in salaries and fees for players,”
“That was made clear to me. So I can’t moan about it now. 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.”
“You have to invest over a period to compete with these guys. We are short of top, top Premier League players to compete at the top-six level, where we should be. “
“Can you do it after just coming up from the Championship? No. Can you do it in two or three years’ time? Yes.”
“Can I now believe that is going to happen? I have got to believe it is going to happen.”
With Newcastle getting 52,000 gates and a fanatical support base, why are Newcastle not more affluent? After all we will start getting the phenomenal Premier League money from the world wide TV rights, which will only increase.
The answer is because we are not successful, and therefore we do not get big bucks from the shirt sponsors and the like.
And of course we don’t get any income at all from Europe right now, because at the moment we don’t participate there. That’s why being successful generates the money – big time.
If we are successful we will pack them in every week at St. James’ Park (52,000 average home gates) and the away crowds will be bigger because we will attract the fans to watch us, because we have exciting players in the side like Andy – whoops – cannot say that now.
If Mike Ashley wants to make Newcastle a more valuable club in terms of how much they are worth – in terms of money – which he clearly understands – then make the side successful – the more successful Newcastle are the m,ore money he can get for the club when he sells – that’s a nice thought.
But we are afraid that’s not the main item on his agenda – and the events of the last few days suggest we may be going back to how the club was run in the 1980s, when we were a selling club.
As Alan Pardew said over the weekend – if we keep selling out best players we’ll never be a good team.
We’d like to think that there are plans at the club to get us back into Europe within a couple of years at most – and then we can re-establish the great name Newcastle United had when Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson managed the club.
We were a big club then in every way!
Why do I feel that’s not where the club is going right now?