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.
“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.