It was probably a good move by Newcastle not to say anything yesterday, and allow things to settle down just a little bit.
Llambias and Ashley - job not done on Wednesday
Alan Pardew has again come out of this not looking good, but we have to remind everybody that it’s not Alan’s job to bring the players in, and it’s the Newcastle board – Ashley, LLambias and Lee Charnley, the Secretary, who handle that and negotiate the fees and the wages.
It’s Alan’s job to identify the players, and most fans would agree the players the club went after and some they signed are top class.
I still don’t know how we managed to get young Davide Santon to Newcastle, but make no mistake, this lad could become a big Newcastle star of the future.
But the news yesterday was that Alan was not happy at all with the club’s failure to get him another striker, after they had gone after at least six strikers, and were unsuccessful.
In the summer they went after Kevin Gameiro, Gervinho, Mevlut Erdinc, Modibo Maiga, Papiss Demba Cisse and finally Bryan Ruiz, and missed out on the lot.
On the positive side of things, the club did very well to get Demba Ba to Newcastle, because lots of good clubs were after the free agent.
It will be interesting to read the Newcastle statement today, which the Journal is reporting will be issued, but the club should tell the truth, tell it like it is, and not shade the truth.
Telling the truth is a very powerful tool, although I’m not sure Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias necessarily agree with that.
Hopefully they will have also learned things from their antics on the last day of this transfer window, and use that knowledge in future dealings, but there’s been little evidence they have learned much over the last four years.
There’s nothing we can do about what happened on Wednesday now, and we think Demba Ba and Leon Best can shine for Newcastle over the next four months, and bang in those goals.
We hope so, in any case.
And there’s always Sammy Ameobi.