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.
“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.