News today that Charlton Athletic have reported Newcastle United to the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – reneged on agreement
Newcastle made an offer for Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot on Wednesday, which has now been rejected by the London club.
The League One club turned down a Newcastle bid of £100K on Wednesday for Elliot, but they are upset because Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has broken an agreement when he made the approach public yesterday.
Charlton Chief executive Stephen Kavanagh told the Charlton club’s website today:
“In advance of our match against Scunthorpe, it is very disappointing that Alan Pardew has decided to make public an offer for Robbie Elliot despite assurances to the contrary that wouldn’t happen from his club officials.”
“Newcastle made a written offer of £100K for Robbie on Wednesday, and made it clear that it was their final and best offer.” “The offer was rejected within minutes, and Newcastle then confirmed they no longer had an interest in the player.”
“We have contacted the Premier League today to register our concern at public statements being made by Newcastle after they withdrew their interest.”
We noticed that news of the potential deal surfaced on Wednesday evening, from the Charlton fan web-sites, so something seemed to have been leaked.
And yesterday Alan Pardew at his news conference said this:
“We have confirmed that Fraser is going to Celtic on loan for the year, and that leaves us with an issue that we need another goalie, really, so we are looking at options to possibly bring one in.”
However, when later questioned further by radio reporters, he replied:
“Once a deal for Fraser was completed, we started looking for another goalie.
“We have enquired about Rob Elliot and we have put a bid in there.”
It seems that Alan’s first statement was okay, but then he mentioned Rob Elliot by name, but since Newcastle are no longer interested in the player, it seems just a bit picky by the Charlton club.
But there again we don’t know how delicate a situation it was for Charlton.
This bid will hardly help Mike Ashley in the eyes of Newcastle fans, that the club were trying to bring in another goalkeeper for just £100K, after they had sent the £2M rated Fraser Forster on loan to Celtic for the season.
The Newcastle club has had a tough week, having earlier been charged by the FA for failing to keep their players under control in the Arsenal game, and being completely unsuccessful in their bids for a left-back and striker.
But it’s nothing that a win against Sunderland tomorrow will not make us very quickly forget.