News today that Alan Pardew is dreading the next transfer window that will open on January 1st.
Alan Pardew – dreading January
Last January Newcastle lost Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M and almost lost Cheick Tiote to transfer also, and there is news that Chelsea will make an initial £20M bid for the Ivorian early in January.
Alan Pardew is not in control of who leaves Newcastle, that’s in the hands of owner Mike Ashley, and if clubs come in with some ridiculously high offers for Cheick Tiote and some of the other top players at the club, Mike will sell.
And we have found that every player has his price at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has had to admit for the second Sunday in succession, that he cannot rule out some January moves away from St. James’ Park of some of Newcastle’s players:
“You’re talking about Newcastle United – nothing is certain here,” “January is a horrible time. I don’t think there’s a Premier League manager, if he was honest with himself, who enjoys that period.”
“Everyone’s manoeuvring, jostling, people get busy around players – agents.” “They want to earn their money in that period. They don’t do themselves any credit, in my view.”
“And we as managers are at the end of the phone having to put up with the media, the agent, the player, the player’s father, his long-lost brother, his distant cousin, etc getting involved because that’s when you can move clubs and re-negotiate.”
“I actually preferred the old system, where there were no windows, where you could buy and sell at any time.” “That’s a free market, that’s how the world works and why are we different?”
“It was trying to say we’ll take the advantage away from the bigger clubs by doing this, but I don’t think that’s worked.” “It unsettles every club – not just me.”
“You can never think you’re OK. The Andy Carroll thing brought that home more vividly than most.”
The new transfer system is very hard on managers and clubs, and especially the January window which takes place half way through the season and could end up with some clubs losing some of their best players, even though the managers may be against the deal.
And of course it will be very hard on Alan Pardew if he loses more of his best players in January to some of the top clubs, , after he has lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton since he arrived last December.
But as Alan says, this is Newcastle and nothing is ever certain at the club.
Isn’t that so true, especially with Mike Ashley as the owner, who runs the club as if it was an investment bank, with the assets being the players.