It seems that Alan Pardew has been given the job of defending Newcastle’s spending policy in the transfer market, which doesn’t appear on the surface to be too much.
Alan Pardew – I’ve been honest about the money
Newcastle fans were told that the £35M raised from the Andy Carroll sale to Liverpool would be reinvested back into the club.
But most fans had thought the £35M would have been used largely in transfer fees, and that just doesn’t seem to be the case – at least not yet – but there are still almost 7 weeks to go in the transfer market.
We think the club is reinvesting the money, but most of it will go to the new players’ wages over the length of their contracts.
As an example a player getting £40K/week over five years adds up to around £10M – and we think that’s how the club is measuring the reinvestment.
This is what Alan Pardew has to say about the topic, which he also addressed on Thursday:
“Going into the season, as we stand now, I think we’re a little bit stronger than we were in the second half of last year,”
“The additions we have added will add some intelligence to our play. Particularly Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who’s a really intelligent player. I think you’ll see a slightly different Newcastle to last year.”
“I’ve been honest in terms of the money – it’s going to be put back into the club.”
“We need to make sure that, over the next three or four years, we grow. Our finances have been structured in a way that the team grows each year.”
Certainly Newcastle are putting their financial house in order for a change, and that will stand the club in good stead in the coming years, there’s little foubt about that.
But Newcastle fans also want to see a few more good players brought in this summer, to join the four players Newcastle have already brought in, and it may even cost something in transfer fees.
I’m sure e I speak for a lot of fans who are getting a little long in the tooth, that we would love to see the side become good (great) again, and sooner rather than later.
After all, 42 years is an awful long time since we last won a trophy, but at least I was at that game in 1969, but my hope is the side can win a trophy again in the next couple of years, with building a good side this summer.
Yes it’s a long shot – I know that.