Pardew – We Cannot Fulfill The Expectations Of Newcastle Fans


Alan Pardew has warned Newcastle United fans,  that the club can no longer compete  financially with the Premier League top clubs.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle has to be self sufficient

And to think we thought we were one of those big clubs, and proved it when we finished in the top five in each of Bobby Robson’s last three seasons and we finished second twice and third once in the 1990s under Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish.

And most of us thought we’d see most of that £35M from the Andy Carroll sale spent on new players this summer, but that’s just not going to happen and we know it now, even if we didn’t in May,

Pardew has said that owner Mike Ashley’s prudent and self sufficient plan, means paying out big fees for players is over – it’s gone – it’s kaput.

This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror:

“The problem is where we are now financially means that we can never really fulfill the expectations of the fans.”

“They have memories of European football, but the gap is getting bigger as the years go by. The top clubs are getting an influx of money at Champions League level and we have sovereign states owning football clubs.”

“It is becoming difficult to ­compete with the top clubs, but that is not to say we can’t compete at the level we are at. But we are always vulnerable to the bigger clubs, as Andy Carroll proved.”

“That makes it difficult to ­manage but not impossible.”  “Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias made it quite clear – the club needs to wipe its nose and ­therefore we haven’t got investment above our income.”

“That is how Mike wants to run the football club.”  “Other clubs spend more than they earn and Manchester City have been able to break into the top four for that reason. They have a sovereign state backing them.”

“We can’t compete with that. It is very difficult. We can only ­compete 11 v 11 on a Saturday.”

Alan Pardew had a tough week last week, there’s not doubt about that, and indeed Newcastle fans had a tough week last week too.

And the manger admits his first line of business is to somehow get the fans talking about football again, rather than all the other off-the-field controversies.

Pardew added:

“I hope I can get the club unified again. When the ownership of the football club is in the forefront of the ­conversation, it is a problem.”

“I want people to be talking about the football team here and what the players do on the pitch.”

“I’m fairly confident we will get the players in we need. I would like one, or possibly two, in before we play Arsenal.”  “The fans have had   so many ­broken promises, not just from this ownership but way before that.”

“But we have added two or three good players to the group already and we are going to add to that.”

“Once we see the team settle down – and I don’t think it will be in the first three or four games if I’m honest – we are going to see a very strong side.”

One way to get the fans talking about football again,  is by winning against Arsenal next Saturday evening, and putting in a a top performance.

Results are almost everything in football, and wins always give fans that buoyant upbeat feeling, even if everything else is sinking around you.

We need a win against Arsenal on Saturday, and things will look almost instantly better.

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114 comments so far

  • Andy

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #1

    let the neg fest commence

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  • free giveaways

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Mid table mediocrity and relegation battles as long as Ashley owns the club.

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    MA has just lost a fortune in the stock market, around £203m

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  • toonruz

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #4

    nufc is a massive club with great fans and it anoys me that we are getting run like a small club , ASHLEY OUT WE MUST STAND UP TO THIS MONEY GRABBING B@STED , WHO IS TAKEING PISS OUT OF OUR GREAT FANS

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I like the honesty this interview seems to give. Pards admits that MA has made mistakes, has he grown a pair

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    TBH we have got a large fan base and income so we should be doing better than the likes of fulham and bolton, we should be on a par with spurs at least

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #7

    That’s certainly not a spurring read, more despairing, and when we’re on the verge of a gruelling campaign – why? At least say we can gradually….. blah blah. What’s the point, if 5/6th is the limit of our ambitions?

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  • “The fans have had so many ­broken promises, not just from this ownership but way before that.”

    Jeez Al, you not up for it any more? Looking for the sack already?

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #9

    We deserve better. We should be capable of chasing europa league spots with our fan base regardless of how rich other club’s are.

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  • JoNUFC

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    I think most fans realise that we can’t compete with the likes of citeh and chelsea (at the moment) but the club was supposed to re-invest the 35 mil which hasn’t happened. It doesn’t take a member of the quatari royal family to buy a quality striker

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #11

    top 10 finish is acheivable were building a very exciting young team, n i perfer the signings were making now than big money signings

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  • toonruz

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Robin_S
    I HOPE IT MAKES HIM SELL NUFC

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  • papscrunt

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Lovely morale boosting piece on the eve of the new season.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    everything hes says is true we cant compete on the transfer front with the top 5 but we can beat everyone else

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew has gone from always trying to be positive to sounding like a broken man. Just like so many poster’s on here. Ashley will break your spirit and rape your soul.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #16

    OMG what a load of tosh (being polite) we made £35 mil out of nothing, tv revenue etc and it’s all gone, what about the olympic committee money? He kept that quiet didn’t he……..

    We gotta sell to buy! What a joke WE SOLD CARROLL use some of that!

    neg or whatever I just see it as being ripped off!

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  • nufchally

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Just been looking at the squad for this year, apologies if something similar has been posted already.

    2011/12 – 25 Man Squad
    (*Homegrown)

    Krul*
    Harper*
    Foster*

    Simpson*
    R Taylor*
    S Taylor*
    Collocini
    Williamson*
    Enrique

    Tiote
    Cabaye
    Smith*
    Barton*
    Guthrie*
    Maveruex
    Ben Arfa
    Gutierrez
    (Obertan)

    Ba
    Best*
    Ameobi*
    Lovenkrands

    + 1 Striker
    + 1 Left Back
    + 1 Other (New Signing/Perch/Xisco)

    U21’s involved in squad

    Sodeberg
    Tavernier
    Kadar
    Gosling
    Abeid
    Vuckic
    Ferguson
    Ameobi
    Ranger
    Airey
    +other reserve/academy players

    This is how I currently see the squad (I know I have included Obertan although we havent signed him yet), dont think I have missed anyone but let me know if I have. I think we will buy a striker (Long?) and a left back (Bridge?) but that will be it. Then either Xisco or Perch will be included in the 25 man squad if they are not sold. Personally I think we need a new cover CB in.

    I do also think that we could possibly sell others from the list e.g, Barton,Smith,Foster

    I think the reason that Pardew has said only ‘2 more’ is because unless he sells there is not much room in the squad!!!

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  • toonruz

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #18

    davybtoon
    we got a billion air owner and we carnt compete , i never heard so much crap in all my life ,

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Seriously, some of you guys think that because we have a large fan base that means we should be automatically challenging for the top spots all the time??? No, we are not at that level any more and until the fair play rule comes into effect fully we will be unable to compete with the likes of City, Man Utd and Chelsea. However, none of that matters as in the end, it all comes down to who plays best on match day so I agree with everything Pards says in this interview.

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  • Kurt

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I was looking forward to the new season, but in 2-3 weeks it has all gone from joy to a nightmare.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Toonruz
    Just because you have money, doesn’t mean players will choose you. If you had the choice between joining Newcastle and Chelsea on gthe same wage, you would chose chelsea because they can offer you more (european football, EPL challenge, further silverware)

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #22

    JoNUFC
    I’m sorry how much did Aguero just go for? Around 40 mil and you reckon we can afford that???

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #23

    dont care if we had a trillionaire owner i still like the deals were pulling off, we defo need more to come in though

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  • nufc90

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #24

    toonruz i’ll ask you again….
    where’s gervinho? gameiro? n’zogbia?
    you guarenteed they’d all be at SJP.
    so i’ll take it as you’re talking bollucks again.

    think pards simply playing down expectations so it’ll look better if we finish higher….and he’s right in a way some fans still expect us to be signing the likes of aguero and getting top 4.
    i’ll settle for a steady continuation on from last season..top 10 this year, maybe top 8 at a very push if we get a couple more in the squad

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  • MacToon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruz m8 were you there 2day? IWe looked for you if u were ……

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Barryvenison
    Just because we deserve better, does not mean we will get it. Our team is no where near as good as Man Utd’s etc. and a large fanbase (which is dwarfed by Man Utd/Liverfool) does not mean success.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Davybtoon = sensible fan

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #28

    HUH MA has the money to spend if only he’d put his hand in that deep pocket of his and splash some cash rather than try and make some.

    Sell up that’s the other option

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #29

    lads what did u make of forster coming on at half time made me think hes defo leaning towards forster as no1, thought krul saves were outstanding in first half by the way

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #30

    @Ochytoon- Who said we should be competing with ManU, Man City, Chelsea. Nobody. But why can’t we show some ambition and try to finish in the Europa league spots? Do you think Sunderland are a bigger club than us? No, nobody really does yet they show more ambition than us and on top of that our owner is much richer than theirs.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #31

    Expectations and memories are two seperate things you d1ck.

    “The problem is where we are now financially means that we can never really fulfill the expectations of the fans.”

    Expectations of mid table with top ten being a target? totally achievable and that’s coming from someone who thinks we need about four players still.

    “That makes it difficult to ­manage but not impossible.” ”Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias made it quite clear – the club needs to wipe its nose and ­therefore we haven’t got investment above our income.”

    Not familiar of the term ‘wipe its nose’ what exactly does he mean by this? get rid of the shit? We’ve got quite a tidy income after raising 37-42 million extra, probably 40-45% extra revenue in player sales. Sign some more squad players now you gobsh1te

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  • davybtoon, Na, He was just giving Forster a chance to put things right. If he’s not sent out on loan he’ll be No 2.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #33

    barryvenison
    Man Utd, Liverfool, Chesea, City, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and probably Villa are teams who will be battling it out for Europe. Our squad probably isn’t good enough for that yet. Also, whats the point in saying yh were gonna challenge for europe and then when you don’t qualify all the fans get on your back???

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Well, what to say about those comments from Pards? Honest yes, but it feels a bit dishartening. We’ll get a striker, and then thats it for now. Sell before you buy is very much in effect. I like the shape the team is taking tho. A bit “gungho” feel to it. Plan of execution: score more goals than u let in. In 2-3 years time, we’ll compete for that top 5 spot imo.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #35

    @Davybtoon- I think Pardew and everyone knows Krul is our number 1. With the pitch being what it was and our luck with injury’s I think he decided to have a look at Forster again and see whether he wants him as our number 2 or whether he should let Ashley sell him off.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #36

    Ha ha that’s right stick another thread up to distract us from this one 😉

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  • davo

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Pards said something about not spending more than we earn,well what about the 35MILLION POUNDS we earned in january?
    Simply get most of that spent on a top striker ,a top left back and perhaps a couple of young prospects (cover for centre halfs?)and sudenly the fans would have alot more faith. I’m glad he is acknowledging that we are getting the piss ripped out of us by the owner,it seems he’s starting to say it like it is a bit lately.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Flippin hell ed, your on a roll tonight

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Lets face it we are now a selling club to those who have the money like Liverpool, this window has been good for the fat man

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  • JoNUFC

    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #40

    ochytoon
    So when i say “decent striker” you assumed i was talking about a £40 m signing? I was saying with 35m we should be able to buy a good striker like sturridge for example.

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