Alan Pardew has come out again today and talked about the position Newcastle find themselves in financially, and that we cannot compete with the big clubs any longer.
Alan Pardew – we cannot compete
No doubt Pardew will have seen that Newcastle fans were a little upset that Jose Enrique moved to Liverpool, and to a club he said he could win things at.
Add to that Jose also said he was not too impressed with Mike Ashley’s ambitions for Newcastle United, and that has not reflected well on where Newcastle will be going over the next year or two or three.
The Newcastle hierarchy, to be fair, is trying to put the financial situation right, and seem to have made good progress over the last couple of years, especially when the club spent a year down in the Championship.
But what seems unacceptable is that Newcastle had money to spend this summer, which they said they would spend, and they simply haven’t.
Shouldn’t somebody be asking Alan Pardew for an explanation as to why the £35M Carroll cash has not been reinvested into the club, as Alan said it would be in February?
It should really be Derek LLambias or Mike Ashley who answers that question, but they never talk to the fans, and why they have elected to take that position I simply have no idea – but it doesn’t work.
If they were not going to reinvest the money, they should have said so at the time, and what has happened this summer would have been more understandable and more acceptable.
Here’s how we stand right now in transfers in and out:
Sol Campbell – released
Shefki Kuqi – released
Kevin Nolan – £4.5M – West Ham
Wayne Routledge – £2M – Swansea
Jose Enrique – £5.5M – Liverpool
Yohan Cabaye – £4.5M – Lille
Demba Ba – free agent – West Ham
Sylvain Marveaux – free agent – Rennes
Mehdi Abeid – free agent – Lens
Gabriel Obertan – £3M – Man United
So Newcastle have brought in around £12M in transfer fees and have paid out £7.5M, and a bit more than that to secure the free agents. The five players brought in so far look very good too.
There are still 19 days left and Alan Pardew is trying hard to bring in a left back and another striker, so the tally above will change and Newcastle will presumably pay out some net money in the transfer market this summer.
This is the message to Newcastle fans from Alan Pardew today:
“Some of the problems I have inherited that have gone on before haven’t made it easy, and I have picked up some history of what has gone on in contract negotiations et cetera,”
“It’s very, very important that we try to build a new understanding of the club going forward together.”
“It’s documented that the club needs to be sustainable from its own funds, and that put us in a category of clubs that probably we are not used to being in.
“Maybe 10 years ago, we would be able to rival the Arsenals and Manchester Citys and Chelseas of this world in terms of transfers.”
“But that looks difficult at the moment until such times as we grow the club and show on the pitch that we can bring some success, then hopefully keep our better players and build on that.”
“Unfortunately, the business of this Premier League makes it difficult. These top clubs can come and grab our players and until such time as we are financially strong enough to hold off sovereign states, we are going to have a problem.”
Alan Pardew is right to try to get everybody rowing the Newcastle boat in the same direction, with the fans included, but some things that have been said and not carried out, and the non-reinvestment of the Carroll cash is one of them.
Better dialog from the club will certainly help to clear the air with the Newcastle fans, and that has to be good, surely.