Alan Pardew has talked to the local Newcastle press corps today and made an attempt to explain why the club have let their captain, top goal-scorer and one of their top players leave the club.
Alan Pardew – West Ham offered Kevin Nolan better deal
This is what Alan Pardew said today, as Newcastle fans seem far from happy that Newcastle have lost one of their leaders at the club:
“I am aware that the club made Kevin a good offer to stay but could not agree over the length of the contract offered,”“This obviously happens in football and everybody needs to move on.”
“I would like to thank Kevin for his sterling efforts as a player and captain of this club, especially since I took over last season.”
“He displayed admirable leadership qualities and I wish him every success at West Ham. It’s a great club and I’m sure he will thrive there.”
“We are looking to complete on a number of deals over the next month or so, and I am sure with the quality of signings I anticipate coming into the club. we should look forward to exciting times in the upcoming season as we look to establish the club as a genuine force in the top half of the Premier League.”
So basically, to cut a long story short, West Ham offered Nolan what he had asked Newcastle for, but didn’t get.
And rather than Alan thanking him for all his sterling efforts, why couldn’t the club have rewarded him with the contract he asked for?
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that the length of Nolan’s contract at West Ham is five years at over £55K/week, which is what he wanted at Newcastle.
But Newcastle only offered him a three year deal, and £50K/week, but with bonuses if Newcastle had finished in the top 10.
And as we expected Joey was contacted by the club yesterday, and told he would risk a club fine if he continued putting out remarks on his twitter account, which is why he tried to back-track on those comments when interviewed by Sky Sports yesterday afternoon.
But of course the twitter comments is what is being reported in the news today, and we think it’s almost certain that Joey will now leave Newcastle this summer.