Alan Pardew has finally come out and said he was furious with the Newcastle Board for not getting a striker in before the transfer window closed.
Derek LLambias – his job to get players in
As we had suspected, Alan felt badly let down by the Board on the last day of the transfer day, and felt that when 6:00 pm rolled around, the club were in trouble.
If you remember, that’s when we started to hear reports that they were after targets who were obviously not their top preferred targets, so things didn’t look good.
One was Papiss Demba Cisse and the other was Bryan Ruiz of FC Twente, who was on his way to Fulham, and those bids were always going to be too late and too desperate and fail.
And fail they did.
The Newcastle fans of course were simply furious the next day, and they had every right to be, with the net transfer outlay for the summer being close to a big fat zero.
But as we had thought, Alan is too mature to throw his toys out of the pram, and he laid low for almost a week, spoke to the Newcastle board in no uncertain terms, and has moved forward.
This is what Alan said today:
“I’ll be the first to admit I was upset on the day, the day after and the day after that too,”
“I feel that with the timescale we had, we should have got a striker over the line.” “Some of the enthusiasm we’ve generated with our start has gone now with the signing not coming in.”
“It was key to keep the momentum going and in some ways we’ve lost that.” “There’s been some scaremongering about this and that – but this is a fantastic job and I understand what the fans want.”
“They want a team 100 per cent committed to the black and white jersey and 99 per cent of the time I think they’ve had that.” “I’m disappointed and genuinely feel for the fans because a striker would have made the jigsaw complete.”
“We’ve made a great start, but that final piece we couldn’t find.”
And we’ll say what Alan will not say, the Newcastle Board are incompetent and the sooner Newcastle get somebody in who has vast experience in football, to replace Derek Llambias as the head executive at Newcastle, the better off the club will be.
Derek LLambias is simply a business associate of Mike Ashley, and has no qualifications whatsoever to be in the position he is in at Newcastle.
And Alan has to be very careful that he doesn’t come over too critical of the Newcastle Board, because he doesn’t want to damage the working relationships in place, but it’s obvious to most fans who was responsible for the debacle last week.
Alan talked about how he spent the last day of the transfer window:
“I was with the club secretary almost the whole day, waiting for faxes and information.” “We had two agents working for us in France and Derek as well.”
“I was monitoring that and was also on the phone making sure we didn’t miss any other potential targets but at about six o’clock I felt we were in trouble.”
“There are difficulties in today’s market, especially with young strikers who have got potential.” “That’s what we were targeting and they’re the hardest type to get over the line.”
We had thought Alan was badly let down by the Board and another manager would simply have walked away, but it says something good about Alan Pardew that he didn’t do that.
In fact he handled himself very well through the calamity, and the Newcastle Board will get another chance to bring in some good players in January, but quite honestly, we will not hold our breath.
In the real world, when people are as incompetent as Newcastle were last week, they get fired, but of course football is not the real world.
Certainly not for the players, and it seems not for executives either.