Winter Break Good – Agents And January Transfer Window Not Good


Alan Pardew doesn’t think agents are good for the game, and indeed may think that  Andy Carroll’s agent had a lot to do with moving the Geordie lad out of Newcastle, on the very last day of the January transfer window to Liverpool.

Alan Pardew – talks about agents and January transfer window

Since agents get paid only when new contracts are negotiated, and Liverpool were offering Andy £80K a week, it was hardly surprising if he told Carroll to go to the Newcastle club and demand to be paid £80K a week right now (so I get paid now of course).

The agent wasn’t going to pass up the money he could make by forcing through the deal, or by getting Newcastle to immediately increase Carroll’s wages to £80K/week – he got paid either way –  and would have been pushing for one of those two things to happen.

None of this waiting for the summer to renegotiate Andy’s new wage at Newcastle – because he wanted paid there and then – time is money and all that good stuff.

That’s probably very close to what actually happened and we always thought that Carroll’s agent had an awful lot to do with the move –  for his own interests – call it agent greed if you like.

It seems that Alan is still still peeved (off the record) about Andy leaving the club,  after he had talked for 6 weeks that Andy was going nowhere.

And then of course on February 1st he had to defend the club’s position in selling Carroll at the last minute, and not having a suitable replacement brought into the club.

We always wondered where Derek Llambias was on that day, as he again skillfully avoided facing the press and explaining the club’s position – which was his job – not Alan’s.

But to be fair to Leon Best, the 24 year old has saved Newcastle’s bacon a little bit, by coming in and playing well up front, and hitting 6 goals for the club this year.

All credit to Best and to Peter Lovenkrands too, for the job they’ve  done, and we hope it continues.

This is what Alan Pardew said this morning:

“If I was an agent working in Manchester or Liverpool, or Newcastle or London, and somebody designed the perfect formula for you, it would be a month’s window in the middle of the season. I wouldn’t be able to think of anything better.”

“Here we all are bleating about agents again, saying they’re a problem in the game, or that if contracts were different you would be able to approach players, but that isn’t the situation, so you get a middle-man who becomes a shadowy figure.”

“You wouldn’t be able to create a more perfect environment to get a new deal at the club you’re at, or to move the player on. It’s unbelievable.” “The Premier League moan about them, but they could do something about it.”

“That transfer window in January causes a lot of problems for clubs, not just ours.” “In particular for clubs like Newcastle who are not in that top echelon of teams yet, because your best players are always under focus for going elsewhere.” “And the media accelerate that, of course.”

We must say the Premier League schedule this season is crazy, with 5  games in November and 5 games in February and then only 2 games in March.

So if there was a one or two week break say in January, there’s two weekends in March to take up the slack.

Most leagues on the continent have a winter break, and a number of managers in England would like to see a winter break for the Premier League too.

Pardew added:

“Will it ever change? That’s for the governing bodies.” “I think we all understand at the top of the game that the Premier League, the Football League, the FA and everything else, needs to have better cohesion on all this stuff.”

“A winter break – is that ever going to be brought in? Look at us now, we play two games in March, nothing has been rescheduled. In the past, when you have FA Cup quarter-final day, you would sometimes have a league game. That’s now gone.”

“So we end up playing five games over the Christmas period. Where’s the logic there? It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

But don’t hold your breath for any changes in anything in English football anytime soon.

The football authorities in England have never shown the courage to do  what’s right in the past, and we don’t expect them to change that position any time soon.



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8 comments so far

  • milburn 77

    Mar 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    they dont want a winter break they want christmas off.

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  • Widowmaker

    Mar 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, it’s all agent’s fault that we signed Nacho and sold Carrol.

    I don’t like the winter transfer window, but it is, after all, the club who decide they will cash in or not in most cases.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Nothing to with Agents, you don’t want to sell, then you don’t sell.

    Simple as that. Its funny how the story changes in that Derek Llambias’ last quote was “we wanted to get our price” I thought they had no intention of selling until they “massive” bid came in.

    I don’t blame AC, ambition talks in football clubs, as does money, I still don’t think we should have sold him. But wait we got Stephen Ireland on loan, who hasn’t played, Ben Arfa permanent, hasn’t played, and Shefki Kuqi, gets five mins,

    We lost out, Liverpool knew they were going to sell Torres and lined up AC and Suarez, good for the club.Suarez looks to be an immense player. They were on the decline, behind us in both points and form, look at what has happened now, with a change of owner. They will spend big in the summer, we wont.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    finish work at 12.30 saturday, down to the local for a pint
    ko 3pm every saturday (even often went to joker park if a decent team was visiting)
    sports report 5pm every saturday
    down the maj on the pull that night
    sunday morning work off hangover with your local team in the parks
    down the pub lunch time for a pint and read the sunday match reports
    home for sunday dinner and a kip

    now I have no real idea when the next match is or when it kicks off unless I look it up – could be a sunday or monday in two weeks time, there seems to have been 3 winter breaks already!

    what a mess these rich sods have made of the working man’s great game! sod them!

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  • stk85

    Mar 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    i don’t doubt there are some good eggs in the game, pardew seems decent at his job at least, nolan, chiek tiote, giggs, but the money men shifting football for their own good is honestly killing my love for the game. no winter break – it doesnt suit them. no balls from the fa over referees – bad for their PR. agents – don’t get me started.

    i love nufc and always will, but i honestly don’t give two hoots about anything else in football. the Premier League is a corporate entity that drains peoples hard earned money away from them into the pockets of some very scrupulous people.

    it’s come to represent everything that’s morally bankrupt about the modern world we live in, a quite baffling arena lacking tradition, respect and plain common sense. but it’s ok, we can sell more games t0 africa and asia. the corporation keeps on going…..

    and on another thought, these cretins like scudamore that run the show, why can’t they be elected by fans committees, club boards, player unions etc. why do we have to take this corporate crap.

    it’s really killed my love of the game. NUFC forever tho! 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Mar 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    ‘The football authorities in England have never shown the courage to do what’s right in the past, and we don’t expect them to change that position any time soon.’

    Ed, you are wrong about this.

    The English football league has been quite courageous about introducing courageous new rules. e.g. the EFL introduced the 3 points a win rule in 1981, the rest of the world followed in 1994. I bet video technology (goal line cameras by the way are a waste of time, very few such contentious goals are scored), goal enlargement and adjustment of the offside rule will first come from the EFL

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  • dave 1961

    Mar 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    agents get a cut of what the players earn, they also get a % of transfer & other fees, they are able (and happy to do so) to take cash from each club & player, then we wonder how clubs are able to get what should be confidential info on the transfers, some of the goings on are illegal, but when has that put off football agents.

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  • dazza

    Mar 12, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Xmas period is the best of the year as a fan. They make an avergae mans salary in a week and want xmas off. Get to stuff go out and entertain me.

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