Alan Pardew has given an interview today in the Daily Star, and some of the things he says will not help to reassure Newcastle fans.
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We all know that Newcastle are not in good financial health, and it will take a little time, maybe 18 months to two years, before the club is much better positioned financially.
The latest financial records show the club still owes Ashley some way north of £100M, and the Financial Fair Play rules that come into effect at the start of next season, essentially force European clubs to balance their books.
Newcastle have a wage structure in place now, and that will help keep Newcastle in a position where they could even make a profit next season, rather than the losses they have accumulated over the last several seasons – since 2005 in fact, when they last made a profit.
One of Newcastle’s best buys in the summer was Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, and he has been a revelation in the Premier League.
The 24 year-old returns today to face Arsenal, and manager Alan Pardew suspects he may be the next player Newcastle will try to hold onto, if a mega bid comes in for him this summer or next summer.
Pardew said today:
“I am hoping there are no bids, otherwise we will have a problem,” “Tiote is a very important player, very talented and someone we want to be a big part of our future.”
“We may be short of strikers, but we will have a strong team against Arsenal with a midfield that could play in any Premier League team.” “When I became manager, Ashley and Llambias made me aware that they wanted to get the club on a financial footing, which gives them a chance to build it.”
“Signing young players and hoping they become successful in the Premier League is part of the policy of growing as a club.” “Now, ideally, you would like to keep someone like Andy Carroll, a young player who is from the area, but financially we could not keep him. “
“But we like to think, certainly I have that ambition, that in two or three years time, if we can sustain our status and keep getting the TV money invested wisely, that we can hold off that next bid which might be for Cheick in 18 months time or so.”
“We have to get ourselves in a position to do that because at the moment we’re not and we have to accept that.”
Presumably the reason they couldn’t keep Carroll financially is that they couldn’t, or were unwilling, to pay the 22 year old £80K/week, when other players were taking a cut in wages – like Joey Barton as one example.
There is one bright spot in all of this, of course, and that is those players that stay at Newcastle want to be on Tyneside, and in some cases they are willing to stay for less money than they could elsewhere.
Let’s face it, in the case of Joey Barton, he could have held out and seen out his contract in 18 months – and then signed a big deal with some other club.
But the news is he will sing a new deal next week, and Joey may have done some daft things in the past, but it’s hard to accuse him of not being loyal to Newcastle United Football club.