If you read about what’s been happening since Wednesday’s failure to sign a new striker at Newcastle, it would appear that Alan Pardew has had some strong words in conversations with the Newcastle Board.
Newcastle Board will have to comment on their own actions from now on?
Pardew started things off badly last December, when at his very first press conference ever, Derek Llambias didn’t bother to turn up, which is customary when a new manager is appointed by the club.
And it meant that LLambias was not available to answer the many questions fans had, about why exactly Chris Hughton had been sacked in the first place.
And of course Alan Pardew found himself answering questions on Hughton’s firing, which he should never have been exposed to, since he had only just come into the club and the firing had nothing to do with him.
A similar thing happened on February 1st this year, when Pardew was met with a torrent of questions about why Andy Carroll had been sold, when he had said to anybody who would listen to him in January, that Andy was going nowhere.
Those are two times the Newcastle Board sent Alan out to the slaughter, so to speak, with the local reporters.
The third time that could have happened was Thursday morning, when Alan should have answered questions about why Newcastle failed to use any of the Andy Carroll money to sign a top striker, when that was the main goal of the summer transfer window.
But this time it seems that Alan refused to do the Board’s explaining for them, and it was then left to Derek LLambias to issue a statement last Thursday, and of course Derek didn’t have the courage to hold a press conference to explain what happened – but what’s new?
We think Pardew has been let down badly at least a couple of times by the Newcastle Board, the first time being when Andy Carroll was sold, a decision that was Mike Ashley’s alone.
Pardew could go on all he liked about keeping his best players, but once that ridiculous £35M bid was made by Liverpool, Andy was gone. It was very similar to the way Ashley sold James Milner for £12M to Aston Villa over then manager Kevin Keegan’s protests.
And then last Wednesday, when the Newcastle Board continued to refuse to bid near the asking prices for top strikers and ultimately ended up with nobody, that was at least the second time the Board let their manager down.
It seems to us, reading the tea leaves, that Alan has had enough of it, and not only will he not talk to the press until probably this Thursday, but he held urgent meetings with the Board on Thursday.
And those meetings are described as being robust conversations on Newcastle’s transfer dealings and approach.
We don’t know if Alan has managed to get any concessions from Mike Ashley, but we keep saying that since the club was close to a number of signings last Wednesday, like Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga and Dutch International Erik Pieters as just two examples, they could follow through now and try to make the deals, that could be completed in early January.
And with Danny Simpson seemingly unsettled at Newcastle, it seems very probable the club will sign another full-back in January, and hopefully a top striker too, but we’re not going to hold our breath on that one.
But it does seem that Pardew has taken a stand, and from now on the Board will need to explain the gaffes they have made, and they’ll not get much help from the manager any more in that regard.
That’s the way it should have been in the past.