Pardew – Why January Is A Horrible Time For Managers


Manager Alan Pardew is a busy man these days at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew – difficult January for the Newcastle manager

First of all, Newcastle would like to bring in a couple of new players in January, but there are also some contracts that need to be completed at the club.

And they include new contracts for captain Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie.

This is what manager Alan Pardew  said about the January window:

“It’s a horrible time for managers,”  “Everybody’s being speculated to be with us.”

“The players we have at Newcastle get speculated about. The players who are doing great then pitch in about new contracts.”

“It is a lot to cover. You can’t cover it all, but we’re doing our best.”

As usual Newcastle have been linked with multiple players in January,  and even yesterday,  although both Aly Cissokho and his club Lyon said that Newcastle were negotiating for the French International left-back, that news is apparently  not true.

As well as trying to bring in new players and sign existing players to new contracts on Tyneside, there is also the African Cup of  Nations going on this January and into February.

The tournament takes place  every two years rather than every four years for the European equivalent of the African tournament, and we’re really not sure why that is the case.

It’s certainly disruptive to the football season now that so many African players are now in the European leagues.

And Newcastle fans will be hoping that two of our very best players,  Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who  are taking part in the tournament come through okay and uninjured in February.

Alan was asked if Newcastle would be following the tournament:

““Yes, we’re going to monitor it and I think we are always going to worry,”

“We have two guys out there, but it’s a bit more professional and well run organisation than it used to be.”

“The federations look after the players better.”

Tiote was shown a red card in the Ivory Coast warm-up game against  Tunisia in Abu Dhabi last week, which the Ivory Coast won 2-0,  but Cheick will not be suspended for the tournament.

Two players Newcastle may be interested in include Lille’s Moussa Sow and SC Freiburg’s Papiss Demba Cisse, who were two strikers that Newcastle were said to be interested in during last summer.

But it’s certainly true that the January transfer window is a worrying time for managers being right in the middle of  the European football season.

And having the African Cup of Nations taking place at the same time, when we have two of our very best players participating,  could even give Alan Pardew some gray hair.

Well, maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about that,  since Alan was already gray before he arrived on Tyneside, or is that hair color white?

Comments welcome.



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562 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    SO!
    It remains to be seen if Erdinc signs today or tomorrow then.
    Also someone claiming to see Samba at the grounds, but personally it sounds like an oppertunist chance to make a rumour. In other words, bullocks.
    Here’s hoping tho.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    We are in talk with Cisse 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    breaking news on sky that we are in talks with cisse

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    @boater

    Oh come on, that is ridiculous. They are completley different things. Your example has different connotations to what Ben Arfa was saying.

    For example our Prime Minister David Cameron said Ed Ball’s acts like someone with tourettes. He cannot be sued for likening someone who swears to someone with tourettes. He was stressing an opinion not stating a fact.

    If you say someone acts like a peado it is entitled ‘vulgar abuse’. If they are in fact acting like a peado you cannot be told off as it is a statement of truth.

    What Ben Arfa said was not vulgar abuse it was his opinion. Officially it goes like this:

    Opinion is a defense recognized in nearly every jurisdiction. If the allegedly defamatory assertion is an expression of opinion rather than a statement of fact, defamation claims usually cannot be brought because opinions are inherently not falsifiable

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    any1 know what type of striker he is

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    So is Cisse at the training ground and not Erdinc???

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Are we??????

    Please say it is true!!!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    nufc mad man – He’s big mates with Ba, and is simply a goal machine, would be an amazing signing if it comes off 🙂

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Papists cisse now were talking

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    January isnt a horrible time for managers if you sign Papisse Cisse.

    Top top player, great finisher, him and Ba would just be an outrageous strikeforce.

    Cisse isnt going to sign soon though, hes in Africa!

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Cisse is f****g unbelievable.

    I lived in Dortmund so watch German football when I can and he is unbelievable!!!

    Swear to god.

    Check youtube if you aint in the know.

    New number 9 and worthy

    Never been so excited… please be true

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Cisse is at the ACN no? :/

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13
  • nufc mad man

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    i hope this striker is a tall one myself if pardew wants to continue with the tactics of long ball which i heard of HBA

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Jack does seem strange that news broke player n agent were at training ground Colin says erding sky say cisse

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    And as i wrote that, Msidouglas, Lee Ryder claims that we are in talks with Cisse, and Sky says it.
    Could be cause Freis has signed for Freiburg.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    from SS website…

    Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports understands.

    The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most feared strikers in Germany over the past 18-months.

    He scored 22-goals last season and has already scored nine this term.

    The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Blackburn and Aston Villa have all been strongly linked whilst Sunderland were understood to be close to sealing a deal last summer.

    The Black Cats have again been strongly linked this January, but it is now believed that Newcastle are close to pulling of a transfer coup.

    Cisse has been away with Senegal, coincidentally with Newcastle’s Demba Ba.

    Cisse is now flying into Tyneside on Tuesday to undergo a medical and finalise the deal, before flying back out to Africa.

    The deal which will be around £10million is sure to shock many, as it was though Newcastle’s only target this month would be a new central defender.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    “Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports understands. More to follow… ”

    Surely this is some elaborate wind up? :/

    They did announce Hazard the other day lol

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    We were i for the lad in the summer but as usual left it too late and Frieberg wanted close to 15mil as it was so late, not said to around 10mil

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley wil go up alot in my book if we pull this off and noone significant leaves.

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  • nickfish90

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21

    OMG!!! “Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports understands. More to follow…”

    Please be true

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Graeme Bailey @SkyGraemeBailey 3m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports understands. More to follow…

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  • singapie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    hi guys! first post here 😀 been following the blog for a long time now though.

    OMG PAPISS CISSE nearly wet myself with excitement

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Does make me worry that maybe Ba is off some time?

    But hey, guess it’s better not to worry about it

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    My day just keeps getting better and better 🙂

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Mark Douglas @MsiDouglas 23s Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Deal seems close to being clinched…. Striker #nufc have wanted for a while.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #27

    TDS – He’s big mates with Ba, and can’t see Ba leaving anytime soon. He tweeted on sunday that he’s missing SJP

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #28

    i have had a look at him on you tube thanks for the link
    and from what i saw of him we need to do more passes rather than the distance balls. the question now is do we just go for a loan CB as cover while taylor is injured

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  • CapColo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #29

    This is great news!!!!! Would be an amazing signing!

    Colin – “Erdinc, welcome to #nufc” ……such a clown!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Holy!!! Papiss cisse is coming for medical!!!!!

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  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #31

    For one I will wait until the deal is done, we have all been here before (Remember the closing transfer day in the summer)!!
    Great news if it works out

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  • JackButler

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Transfer is at an advanced stage and the player is in England and deal has to be completed today as he’s going away to the ACoN

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    @TDS
    Not entirely true about Hazard, sky said it was a twitter rumour, Lee Ryder just didn’t hear that part 😉
    Fingers crossed for Cisse!

    Also, not a huge surprise that we’d move for him. It has been said repeatedly that there are money available should the right player become available.
    Cisse just came available due to Freiburg getting a new striker in today. NUFC has probably been working on this while Freiburg has been working on a new striker.
    And we have been after him for a while too.
    Loving this!

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh my effin god

    I am so excited I can hardly text

    He is unbelievable worthy number 9

    I watch german football as I used to live in Dortmund and love cisse

    Please god!!!!!

    He has got Ba like scoring record maybe even better!

    Arrrhghhhhhhyg

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  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #35

    we need a statement from the Club at some point……

    That would help

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  • nickfish90

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #36

    This would be FANTASTIC news and would really make my day, week, month for that matter. I just hope it’s got some truth to it as it would really show that MA is pushing for Europe.

    Also, with him being great mates with Demba it would surely help in keeping the sheep here! 😀

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #37

    jus been on sky sources in germany say cisse in newcastle or on his way to newcastle for a medical now has to b done today

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  • brightontoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Mike Ashley can have my misses if this is true, f me I mite even let him abuse me for 1 night only

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse upfront. Goal machine both of them. Would strike fear to any defence in Europe.

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  • boater

    Jan 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #40

    My example is more extreme – not much though, but the parallel is valid. Both constitute abusive defamation of character.

    If you say ‘like tourettes’ it is taken you are using a simile, not a literal description, ‘like a cult leader’ to a known sufist preacher is associative slander that could affect the wider view of his mad sect or Church or whatever it is. Anyway – there evidently is ‘a case’, as much as I hope and expect Arfa gets away with this one.

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