Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has come out today and talked some basic truths about the Andy Carroll transfer to Liverpool, in January for a massive £35M.
Alan Pardew – I was very very worried when Andy was sold
Alan admits that since the deal was done on the very last day of the transfer window, there was just not time to bring in a replacement.
And of course the Newcastle fans were very upset to say the least, about Andy leaving the club, and this web-site even went over 200K hits that day, for the first and only time ever – 207,617 to be exact and it was hard to service the traffic.
But that left Newcastle vulnerable, and Pardew knew it, with Andy Carroll at the time being the top scorer and a charismatic and well-liked player at the Newcastle club.
One consequence was that Joey Barton was about to sign his new contract, but he then refused as he was upset over the deal, and still is, it would appear.
The transfer shocked Newcastle fans, but it became easier to take, at least from our viewpoint, when Alan Pardew came out the following day and explained what really happened, after Andy had said he has been pushed out of the club.
Pardew said that Carroll wanted Newcastle to immediately match the £80K/week wages he was being offered by Liverpool, and once Newcastle said they wouldn’t do that, he said he wanted to talk to Liverpool.
And Andy was the out of the door and gone forever.
Some Newcastle fans still think he was pushed, but it’s hard to think that Pardew would be so open the next day, with so many details, and yet not be telling the truth – that would be hard to believe.
Alan Pardew has come out today and confessed as to just how worried he was after the Carroll deal went through:
“ “I was very, very worried.” “It was a massively important decision to make – a very, very tough decision.”
“It’ll only be right if we stay in the division and we get the money to invest in the club – which Mike has assured me we will.”
“Then it is a good decision. But that’s not done yet.”
The payers have served the club very well since Carroll left, and indeed this season has been a success, given that Newcastle don’t lose our next 7 games. 😀
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and that Carroll money must be invested right back into the squad by owner Mike Ashley.
And if Newcastle fans don’t see five or six top players come in during the summer, using some of that Carroll cash, they will not be very happy.
And Alan Pardew seems to be very aware of that fact.
We have to think that’s exactly what will happen this summer, and it therefore could be a very exciting time for Newcastle fans – we hope so in any case.