Alan Pardew talked about the owner Mike Ashley, yesterday during his news conference.
Micheal Owen – injury ravaged time at Newcastle
When Newcastle were relegated two years ago owner Mike Ashley had every right to feel let down by the players, since at the time Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill of the sides competing in the Premier League and yet we finished up 3rd bottom of the league and one point from safety.
And at least as far as their names are concerned, Newcastle had some big players in Michael Owen, Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia (well for half the season), Oba Martins, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Mark Viduka and others, and certainly they were on big wages on Tyneside.
And Alan Pardew brought that up yesterday, that Mike Ashley has been burned by some big signings that just didn’t pay off:
“I understand their point. Not just under Mike’s tenure as the owner of this football club, before that, big players signed here, and at other clubs, and have not been a success.”
“I don’t really like putting tags on players because that doesn’t mean to say we can’t buy an expensive players, we just need to buy the right players for this football club.”
“I understand their point. They have been hurt, and if you have been hurt with a big, big signing who hasn’t produced anything on the pitch, you are going to be slightly wary of that type of player.”
One big signing that certainly didn’t pay off was Michael Owen, who is now warming the bench at Manchester United, when he can get on it, and he’s wasting his skills, which he still has in some abundance it may be said.
Michael was injured a lot during the relegation season, and indeed in his four years on Tyneside, he scored 30 goals in only 79 appearances for the club, but more significantly from February of the relegation year he failed to score a single goal, when we needed him most.
You have to remember Michael was on Tyneside when Newcastle were in Europe and playing over 60 games a season, so only 79 games in four years says he played in only about 30% of Newcastle’s games in that time, due of course to his many injuries.
We still think if Michael was playing for a club where he could start each week, he’d be knocking in those goals, and we don’t understand why he’s not more keen to play regularly at a lesser club.
And until Alan Shearer became manager on April 1st of 2009, Mark Viduka was hanging out in the injury room, but Mark did come back and played well for Shearer in the last few games of the season, to be fair to the Australian.
Newcastle will no longer go after trophy signings, which we think is good, and what we have to look forward to is creating our own stars brought in as youngsters, or getting bargain buys like Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, who together cost only around £8M, and both will become mammoth signings for Newcastle, and maybe already are just that.
We even like the new strategy Newcastle are on, and Alan Pardew not only understands that, but seems to be pushing Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias to do more to build the team and satisfy the Newcastle fans.
Certainly Alan Pardew is doing very very well, and it remains to be seen if Mike Ashley will continue to support his manager, but it seems high odds that Mike will do just that, because Alan is producing the goods.
Newcastle are doing as well as they’ve done since Bobby Robson was sacked back in August of 2004, and long may it continue.