Alan Pardew has again come out today and tried to calm the Newcastle supporters fears, of what Mike Ashley’s real plans are for the club.
Cheick Tiote – catch me if you can!
Nobody is quite sure what Mike wants to do with Newcastle, whether he wants to keep selling good players to bring in the money, or really build a good side, and since Mike never says anything to the fans, it seems that manager Pardew has taken up the mantle, to try to communicate better with fans.
Alan wants money to spend in the transfer market, and wants to build Newcastle into a very good side – because after all it’s his job, but he’s at the mercy of Mike Ashley, as much as the fans are.
So today Alan has reiterated a few things, and talked about Andy Carroll leaving, but he again says it was Andy who decided to leave, and that was the mitigating factor in why he was eventually sold to Liverpool.
This is what Alan said today:
“After the sale of Andy I think everybody involved with Newcastle, in the dressing room and on the terraces, was a little bit concerned,” “But I think Mike Ashley wanted to answer that and I think he’s done that in the best possible way.”
“For me and my staff I think it’s important – very, very important – and for the fans as well, because they have taken to him and he’s a very important player for us, someone who would be very difficult to replace.”
“He’s done exceptionally well in his first year and he’s hopefully somebody we can build a side around because he does give you that protection to play four midfield players. When you play against five in midfield you need that energy to keep two strikers on the pitch.”
“The bigger clubs are always going to be interested in your players and I think we’re doing our best to secure the biggest asset we have.”
Carroll signed a five-and-a-half-year deal last October, which hoepfully would have kept him on Tyneside, and there was talk of giving him an improved deal in the summer.
But Andy still left for Liverpool in January, and the only thing a long contract does is to protect the club, because if another club comes in for the player, they have to pay the full transfer fee, and will not get him on the cheap.
But Pardew said that Tiote’s case is different from Andy’s because Carroll was the one who ultimately decided to leave.
“Carroll’s departure was an exceptional situation in terms of the bid and the player’s experience. We hope we guard against that with this statement.”
“I’m afraid no one is unsaleable, but the difference is Cheick wants to stay here. Although Andy said that, he went.”
The word on Andy is that he would have stayed on Tyneside, but wanted Newcastle to match the £80K/week Liverpool were offering him, and since Newcastle wouldn’t pay that – immediately – not when they were trying to get a player like Joey Barton to take decreased wages to stay at the club.
And we have to think his agent was front and center in suggesting that Andy take that stance – big money for the agent because of a new and improved contract..
Andy then went to talk to Liverpool, and of course was gone.
Of course if Chelsea come in for Cheick in the summer, a similar situation could occur, but at least Cheick is on a huge wage now at the Newcastle club, and he will be harder to tempt away from Tyneside, even if he wanted to leave.
And just like Andy – Newcastle have made him into the player he is – and Cheick seems very appreciative of that..