Pardew – It Was A Mistake And He Knows It


One thing that you should never do is criticize your employees, at least not in public.

Jose Enrique – to tweet or not to tweet

And now that twitter is available, it’s going to be like a golden chalice for the gossip press, as some of the tweets coming from some of our top footballers will make big news instantly, and usually for all the wrong reasons – just great for the gossip press in England.

That’s what happened when Jose Enrique was leaving the plane that took the Newcastle squad to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, and Jose criticized how the club was being run and the fact that Newcastle were letting their best players leave.

What he said could have been true, but you don’t criticize your employers in the open like that, and Jose should have gone to see Alan Pardew or talked to Mike Ashley about his concerns.

We have similar  concerns that Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose himself and maybe even Joey Barton could all have left the club by September, and Newcastle are not bringing in enough new players, at least not so  far this summer.

Jose is entering the final year of his five year contract on Tyneside, and this is what manager Alan Pardew told The Sun earlier today:

“Jose was wrong to put those comments up and I told him,” 

“It’s a good offer which we have given him and maybe the frustration of the situation got the better of him.”

“I want him to stay, he’s a good lad but this didn’t reflect well on him.”

“It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I.”

Apparently Jose was also fined around £100K.

Enrique has been linked with a possible move to Liverpool for about three months now, and also Arsenal may be interested.

But the nightmare scenario for Newcastle has to be that he stays on Tyneside in his last year, and then leaves as a free agent next summer, and that could still be possible if no decent bids come in for the player this summer.

Something almost as bad as that is if the left-back is sold on the last day of this transfer window, and there is not enough time left to bring in a  replacement.

That’s just exactly what happened with local lad Andy Carroll in January, and we would hope the club will learn from their past mistakes.

We’ll know soon enough.

Comments welcome.



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158 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Didn’t Wenger say that he was happy with what he had for LB?

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  • cousto

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    should drop him into the reserves, don’t want players who don’t want to be here, especially when we have young guys itching for their chance

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  • connor_nufc

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    wel just have to prove jose wrong and finish in the top 6

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  • cousto

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Wenger doesn’t want him Thump. The only club that’s after him is Liverpool, but after Phil Thompson’s statement they’ll be weighing the options as MA might take them to arbitration for tapping up the player (since Thompson proclaimed it was a “done deal” way before the transfer window opened).

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    According to jose hes not happy being offered the same money around 50k a week how can anyone say that is not a good deal for a player that has had only 1 good season in the prem! just get a replacement now and jose can be his back up for his last season dont need players in our club like this the way he is going on is a joke hes forcing his move we shud just swap him for zog and buy a lb see if he likes it at wigan bell end

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  • shearerno9

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Just because the guy is fed up and is completely sick of the current regime everybody is slating the lad, yet when joey barton does it – hes telling it as it is.

    Im glad enrique has done what he has, notice pardew has stopped running with the “fantastic offer” line? They clearly just wanted to put enrique in a hard position with the fans and the only way to get out of it was to be honest. If he doesnt want to be here so be it – but yet again its an insight to our club and how they run it, its time to face facts, hes right in what he says. Joey barton is an example – he will be out the door next season even though he is a top class player, but again we are going to hear the waffle about age and the future players…. at no other club would that happen.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    dummitt should get his chance tonight and leeds who knows could unearth another gem after all dummitt is a natural left back unlike ferguson who is a left winger put at left back

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  • Thump

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    You’re right cousto, but while we have young lads itching for a chance – can they hack a full season in the prem?

    Still a bit gutted about missing out on Zoggy, like. He played canny when he was filling in on LB too 🙁

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  • shearerno9

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Also, a few months back Jose is the best left back in the country and now he could not get into a championship team??? some people on here are so fickle, get a grip

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    So 50k a week isnt a fantastic offer? i dont think liverpoo will offer him that

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #11

    shearerno9 – difference is barton wants to b here n has said he wants to successful, jose basically slating all his team mates all new signings

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #12

    thats why the liverpool deal aint been done bcoz they wont offer him more than what hes on

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Hes never been the best lb in the country

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Cousto,
    i don’t think you are far from the truth with thompsons comments, NUFC could well look into the tapping up procedure and i wouldn’t be surprised if they brought up the carroll deal although i’m quite happy for them to go if they don’t want to play for us they shouldn’t be here.

    Personally i think we should just replace Jose now, shove an overpriced £10 million on his head if someone pays were quids in if not dump him in the reserves until Jan then flog him to the first small club that comes in for him like Wigan or Wolves or Bolton.

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  • solano

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15

    He isn’t on 50k a week and the issue is not about money anyway -it’s about ambition, so you Jose bashers need to find another ame asides Judas! Davyb – by all means give the young lads a run out and see how they do, but if you think we don’t need to spend money on a leftback I suggest you are a dumbshit!

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  • solano

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    ame=name!

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  • cousto

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Joey Barton was out of line, but he stayed on twitter and took his licks from the fans.
    Joey might act an arse at times but is the consummate professional on the pitch, he loves the club and it’s fans and I think he’ll get a new deal if, up to January, he’s as class as he always is.

    Enrique’s attitude the last few games has been that of a guy who doesn’t want to be here. Jose is typical of the money grabbers that some footballers are, doesn’t care that we all put up with his sh** performances for years, now he’s (and I use this lightly) a great left back (obviously spain doesn’t think so) his ego’s got him thinking he’s better than the club.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #18

    If its not about money why did jose bring that up???????

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #19

    solano – did i say we didnt need to sign new players

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  • hongkong_magpies

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20

    He is not a Full International player yet! 50k per week is hell lot for him! Ed, his mind is not in TOON now, time to take his head out of the Banner and replaced by Jonas? I think he deserves it. 🙂

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #21

    solano if hes not on 50k aweek hows he been been fined 100k the max 2weeks wages
    n joses performanes since feb were of someone who has been tapped up

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  • shearerno9

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Davy, did barton not say they were replacing the players leaving with younger cheaper options?? If you were cabaye and had just won the double in france, would you not consider yourself a bit better than nolan? even playing in the french national team.

    And thump, surely mike ashley can see that gettin a player for 6 million less than what was offered in January is a good price??? So we were never really in for the lad, if anything that bid in January was just a show to the fans??

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #23

    So how much is he on now solano???? rumours are hes been fined 2 weeks wages 100k for his tweets

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #24

    What a greedy boy, one good season and he thinks he is a superstar. As for his claim that newcastle are unambitious, wrong again, Nolan was offered a two year deal and turned it down because he new better players were coming in to replace him, one Hatem Ben Afra to name names.
    Barton intends to walk away in a years time but l also expect him to perform and when he has realised he was wrong and we indeed have a better team than last season accept a rolling contract, Barton needs to shut up and stop rocking the boat or we will end up with a split dressing room.

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  • roy cropper

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #25

    looks like someone left the door to the padded cell unlocked & the loon got oot!

    keep an eye on him & i’ll go get his straight jacket.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #26

    shearerno9 – younger, cheaper BETTER players cabaye, marvuex, ba r better than players we had in there positions which means weve improved

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #27

    i disagree with some on here …. i believe that enrique was the 2nd best left back this past season … Baines is the only left back that performed better …. i think enrique should do what he wants to do … and ill still love him for what he did during his time … some people are really ungrateful and seem to forget really quickly

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Players should play and not try to dictate the clubs policies. José should have kept his mouth shut.

    And for ya’ll who keep crying about that 35 mil, would you save some of it for the “bad day” if you got that sum to yourselves?

    If the club tries to balance it’s books it isn’t Josés, the fans and definetly not Shearers business.

    SO SHUT UP AND GET BEHIND THE CLUB!

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #29

    jose is agreat player but hes been tapped up n wants out

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  • tiotal football

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #30

    On a side note – saw on Ranger’s twitter yesterday him saying he’s delighted to be at our club for the next 5 years. Anyone else see that?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #31

    I would say eva and cole are better than jose theve been consistant in the prem for years

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Tiote football someone put that on the last post he needs to get his head down and work on his finnishing and try to get goals when he comes on

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #33

    i always supported the club and ashley …. they were selling the older players and getting younger players .. they sold caroll for 35 mill … they bought good players …. what im trying to say is … i don’t get what ashley is doing here ??? we have a future spain international .. only 25 … he should be up there with collo and co. in wages …. there is a better re-sale value if they just got him to sing a new contract

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Evra*

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #35

    evra and cole were shite last season … enrique was more consistent than them two

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  • solano

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Ok…he’s on 50k – is it about the money or is it about investing in real terms on the team as promised by Patsy and co? Come on, Jose isn’t the first to comment on the lack of ambition and yet you guys consistently come out and tow the line that we are progressing and accuse all wantaways as being Judas. For the record, I was never saying he was the best in the country, but he’s the best (and the only ) left back we have had for some considerable time.

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  • cousto

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #37

    This £35M debate is getting ridiculous.

    As a fan all I’m bothered about is on a match day we have 11 guys on that pitch, who want to be there and play their hearts out.
    I’d rather watch an entertaining defeat (obviously would rather we win of course) than a boring no effort draw like we saw in some games last season.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #38

    C and b the problem is he didnt want to be here from feb so if we did throw bigger wages at him he still wouldnt sign

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  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #39

    hes been fined 2 weeks wages – £100,000. And hes whinging about not getting more money. Good player, by no means great, but probably the best left back we have had for many a year but for me he has burned his bridges.

    http://thetoonarmybarracks.blogspot.com

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  • OttersPocket

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Im all for ambition and aiming high, but we have only had 1 season back in Prem and are rebuilding, it takes time to do this, should we be aiming for top 6 yet? Would be nice to think we could but realistically this season top 10 is our aim. We have done well in my opinion to sign the players we have so far, we cant at the moment get players that want european football.

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