Pardew Cannot Gurarantee Top Players Staying

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.

Tiote challenges countryman Didier Drogba

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.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Puppet Pardew

    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Hello Fans & Fanettes,

    Saturday again – and your favourite marionette manager is here with my exclusive pre-match preview.

    I know there has been some concern in this blog about where the goals will be coming from given Besty, Nil & Loverpants are all suffering from permanent barn door with a banjo syndrome. Well, panic not, I have a number of cunning plans….

    1) I have being making overtures to a certain ex Newcastle forward who is currently out of contract. Lord Ashley is sympathetic to my request to sign this mystery man, and I have also offered Count Llambias double or quits on my outstanding financial indiscretions that my new signing will score before Nil Ranger ever does, notwithstanding his current lack of match practice. That way I also buy back my contract and my freedom (sniff…)

    2) Tactics? My formation today will be 5-4-1, with Sol Campbell playing up front on his own with an Arsenal shirt hidden under ours (I need to check the rule book on that one). At the first opportunity he will discard the stripes to cause confusion and mayhem in their defence. I have had him practising this quick striptease move all week, he’s getting quicker, he has it down to down to 15 seconds, the same time it takes Cap’n Nolan to trot up from the half way line into the penalty area….

    3) Although I am convinced we can draw every game 0-0 to the end of the season and so just miss relegation, we also need to look for the odd chance up front from dodgy penalties and free kicks so the lads have been having diving lessons in Jesmond baths for the last few days. If Joey can score from a couple of these theatrically earned infringements (and we get the odd penalty as well) we might well be able to score at least 3 goals before the end of the season – which might mean we win one of the remaining games (no promises this time, you understand after my recent embarrassment over the big man who shall not be named…).

    Anyway, I’m off for a pre-match pint with Malcolm X (no names again you understand) to raise the subject of some part time work he might just be interested in…


  • andre29

    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    HERE you can watch all newcastle matches

  • geoff777

    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew = Puppet = Liar

    Boo him out of the ground …

  • Team0Asprilla

    Feb 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Post 1.

    What are you meeting El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz for?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    So Pardew goes back on his comments that AC wanted to leave – its now ” but ­financially we could not keep him. “

    His praise of Tiote is nothing short of putting him in the shop window – ready for the next sale.

    Unfortunately there will be 50000 there today to ‘cheer the team’ – cos that what proper supporters do. The FAtMan will be laughing, as the anti cokneeeeeeeeee songs do the rounds and then he hits the casino with the 35M. I dont know who is more to blame – Ashley and co for his decisions or the fans that keep coming back for a slapping.

  • geoff777

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    So how much do Chelsea owe Abramovich?

    Or does he gift his money to the club that he owns and runs like a lover of football should?

    Are all the other top clubs in debt to their billionaire owners?


  • JohnnyBrookes

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s the first little sweetener to let you know that Tiote will basically be sold in the summer.

    Seems odd considering we just made 35m off one player and have lost two others?

    What happened to “We need to hang on to our best players, build a team etc” what a crock, prepare for a terrible summer, we need to get ashley out one way or another.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed- Pardew doesn’t explicitly say he’s not going to sign top players.

    He said (and lambias) that All the money will be invested in player, albeit including wages.

  • geoff777

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Spuggy – they said it would all be spent in the club.

    It could just be used to pay Ashley back.

    How many times are Ashley & his casino cronies going to sh1t on you before you wake up and stop believing they are good people.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    This FIFA mandate about balancing books is worthless.

    There are more loopholes in it than an Ashley press release.

    for example – you are 100M in debt – next season you price one exec box at 150M for the season – owner buys it, for business meetings etc and gets tax rebate – and club is 50M in profit.

    On a similar scam – how much do NUFC receive from SportsDickhcd for the advertising ??? If anything there should be rules about cross subsidising

  • leedodd

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    What a Load of Drivel Its Getting Like Jackanory the story keeps on and on – The Lies that we have been told this week and all season . Were Like Mushrooms- Pardew is told By The Fat Controller and Del Boy -Keep them in The Dark and feed them on the Crap !!!! We will get Players probably on loan – just at the end of there contract or for £500 grand or so !!! Who is going to want to come to Newcastle with the Things that go on Here ?? Alan Pardew Jeeezzz he is One hell of a Front man with all the Crap he comes Up With. Chris Hughton Would have walked if he had to have sold Carroll See how he has had a shave and cleaned his hair up at his new Team . Somehow we have to get it into Ashleys head go and Go Now – Find New Owners For gods sake Enough Is Enough.

  • NufcVasteras

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    The Pardew trying to say that he is part of the mafia that controls Nufc .. and that money matters more than the fans and the club .. and I am a mafia member

  • NufcVasteras

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree with you JoonyBrookes

  • jwheelie12

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t mind selling our top players, but only providing we get completely stupid fees for them. I’m talking £20-30 million for them.

    Otherwise it would be an outrage just to get rid of players like Tiote and Enrique

  • geoff777

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15


    I don’t really know why I’m bothering to reply to your crazy post.

    You don’t mind selling our top players?
    Well you should be very happy this week.

    I’m not sure who’s going to score goals for us as we’ve just sold our England centre forward … but who cares, Ashley’s wallet is a little fatter.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    wheelie – r u real???

  • dave 1961

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Claims have often been made that Ashley is not bothered with the anti Ashley songs, this is not true he hates it and he hate the songs about sports direct, my source is my brother who used to socialise with them and went to many functions, and Llambias told him that Ashley hates it that much it has him raging.

  • Tel

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    The fat man has had his last penny from me. I am not renewing as long as he is owner. I urge everyone else to do likewise. Hit him financially, he is laughing at us. Force him out.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    tel – a few more thousand like you and the ppoison could be driven out of hte club. But the ‘real’ supporters will never let that happen

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Sports Direct made £120M profit in the entire year 2010 – he made £35M profit in a single day selling a player.

    What do you think is going to happen next.

    It will be a torrid summer.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    where these young players that they are going bring on and sell, if this policy is what they are doing great where the young forward for today’s game, its nor ranger as he’s not ready yet. So why did Pardew not buy some young players in the window, oh yes I forgot that he was so impressed with best & shola that he did not need to bring anyone in. when is the club going to realise that all the mistakes that were made, were decisions made by Ashley, so he should have paid the costs and written the money off. How come us fans have to pay for mistakes we make in life, !but Ashley makes a loan, and it seems the loan is going down, he’s in for a shock next season because I don’t know a single season ticket holder that intends to renew.

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Bring in Thierry Henry. We’ll struggle to win if we keep playing Best and Ranger up front!

  • magpie999

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    So basically what Pardew is saying is if a bid comes in this summer for Tiote (which it will) we’re not in a position to turn it down.

    Its going to be 18 months before we can hold onto our players.

    This is sending a message out to the football world, come and get our best players now.

    This has Ashley written all over it, Pardew has been told to put that out there.

  • dandan84

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Protest anyone? get the wa***rs out now!!!!

  • Fostino

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    there was no need for pardrew to be saying tthis…surely he must take the stand that we must keep our best players…if someone wants to take tiote, then 35m is the minimum

  • Fostino

    Feb 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    people are saying 35m is too much, but from liverpools point of view, they have replaced a struggling torres with an exciting and lethal strike partnership – carroll and suarez…if i was a liverpool fan, i would not be too diappointed as there spending has not stopped

  • Colombus

    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #27

    what an utter idiotic thing to say. Im left speechless. How is it possible?? We’ve just sold our main asset at a HUGE price. And what does our manager say, we have to be ready to sell Tiote as well? Because???

    What a freakin puppet you are Pardew.

  • stestickle

    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I would give my left nut for that fat tw@ to sell up

  • warwick

    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Surely he’s talkin about tiote’s contract situation…the bids will come whe his contract is running out and he wants his wages upped. More worried about enrique and collocini as their wages are never gonna be met.


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