If you read between the lines of the local reports coming out of Newcastle since Wednesday’s failure to sign a top striker, you could make the case that Alan Pardew is furious with the Newcastle Board.
Alan Pardew – less than happy with Newcastle Board?
That contrasts big time with Pardew’s mood when Newcastle signed 20 year-old Davide Santon on Tuesday night, as Alan was all smiles and clearly delighted that Newcastle had captured such a great young player.
The news is that Alan Pardew refused to go before the press after Wednesday, to explain yet another embarrassment, as he had done before, when Newcastle surprisingly sold local striker Andy Carroll in January, after Pardew had told everybody throughout January the lad was going nowhere.
And the Sunday Sun is reporting today there have been meetings between Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board to get some mutual understanding on where the club is going, and it seems that the next time we will hear from the Newcastle manager could be next Thursday when he gives his usual press conference.
Of course at that time he will be inundated with questions about what happened last Wednesday, but maybe the anger of the Newcastle fans will have died down a bit by then – maybe.
Pardew will have known Newcastle’s policy was to sign good young players, before he signed on last December, and that the club wanted to make good deals.
But it appears that when it came to signing a top striker, Newcastle simply failed because they were unwilling to meet the transfer price, which were a fraction of what they received for Andy Carroll last January.
It’s small wonder that some clubs like French club Sochaux as just one example, became just a little fed up with the Tyneside club.
If Pardew wasn’t so mature, he could well have thrown his dummy out of the pram, as has happened with other managers under Mike Ashley – notably Kevin Keegan – the one with the huge ego, who even walked out on England without any notice after a defeat at Wembley by Germany.
But to be fair to Keegan, he was lied to by the Newcastle Board and messed around, and the club later admitted that when they said Keegan had control of all transfers, that was simply PR.
We know there are a number of fans who think Pardew is simply a puppet of Ashley’s, but these talks, which we understand were intense following Wednesday night’s bumblings, would not have taken place if Pardew was simply a puppet of Ashley’s.
And even Joey Barton has said Pardew is a strong character and hardly a puppet of anybodys.
Of course Alan continues to be under big constraints at Newcastle, and the news is that he wanted to sign some older players with experience during the summer, but was turned down.
And the surprising news today from The Sunday Sun is that the potential loan move for Federico Macheda was also blocked by the Newcastle Board.
We thought that was the fall-back position if the club failed to sign a striker on a permanent basis, but we suppose that just wasn’t the case.
And so, after going after as many as five strikers on Wednesday, the club ended up with none, and there’ a a case to be made that the Newcastle Board showed gross incompetence on the last day of the transfer window.
The good news would be if they follow up on some of those failed deals, and reach some agreements now, and then have the deals completed in early January.
It would be very nice if say Modibo Maiga and Erik Pieters arrive at Newcastle in early January, and maybe Pardew has got some firm agreements out of the Newcastle Board after Wednesday’s events – maybe.