A wake-up call is being issued by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew today, that unless Newcastle get back into European competition soon, they will continue to lose their best players.
Alan Pardew – European competition a must to keep best players
Jose Enrique is an ambitious player, and will leave Newcastle the summer if a suitable bid is received from a club playing in Europe next season.
And Alan Pardew has talked today about Jose’s situation, and even says he doesn’t blame Enrique for looking for European competition with some other club.
But that hasn’t stopped Newcastle from offering the Spanish U21 International a new five year bumper contract to stay on Tyneside, but it seems that Jose will still leave if a suitable offer is made from a top club, and matches Newcastle’s valuation of the player.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Newcastle local press today:
“We have got to become more competitive as a football club so players like José don’t want to leave. He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him.”
“That is his right and there isn’t much more we can do about it.” “We have tried as hard as we can, in the financial situation we are in, to keep him. We offered him an excellent deal, but he doesn’t seem to be interested in signing it at the moment.”
“It is frustrating – but that is the situation we are in.” “It is up to him, but he wants to see what else there is for him.”
“It is extremely hard to keep hold of your best players without that status.” “In the next two or three years we have to get back into that sort of position and then we can keep the best players and attract even better ones.”
“That is the challenge we have ahead of us. I don’t want to be in a position as manager where this keeps happening year after year – so we have to progress, and we have to improve.”
Newcastle seem to be getting the business done in the transfer market, slowly but surely, with a bid being launched for Turkish striker Mevlüt Erdinç, and free agent Demba Ba is likely to arrive as a free agent soon, with terms already said to have been agreed with the player.
But if Newcastle lose some of their best players, like Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton this summer, we wonder if the squad will be any better than last season?